Year 8 Themes

Year 8 Themes

Year 8 themes continue to develop the knowledge and skills of students. They may revisit some of the ideas that are covered in Year 7 but in greater depth.

Below is a brief description of each theme.

  • Pudding Lane

    In this project students unearth the causes, reasons and consequences of the Great Fire of London’s speed, size and destruction. Furthermore, they consider the positive and negative consequences of the Great Fire with reference to the spread and remedy of the Black Death. Students produce diary entries based on Samuel Pepys and conduct a news report about the event.   


  • Grand Designs

    Grand Designs comprises of a series of numeracy driven sessions that apply mathematics to real life scenarios. The entire project focuses on the elements of numeracy involved in house design, construction and purchase.

  • Coming and Going

    Students identify and report on the different reasons for migrating to a new country (push and pull factors). They undertake a research project into a country of their choosing and present their findings to the year group. This work is then used to make an informed decision on a country to apply to migrate to.


  • India

    Students explore key facts about India, including: its population; its emergence as a superpower; the different religions practised. Students look at poverty and the Indian slums, Bollywood melodrama and the Caste system. Activities include creating a travel guide, devising a piece of drama that reflects the Indian film industry and compiling a fact file on Gandhi.


  • Da Vinci

    In this project students find out about the mathematical, philosophical, artistic, scientific and inventive attributes of Leonardo Da Vinci. They examine his impact over time on the world we live in today, even exploring the impact of the Da Vinci Code on contemporary culture. Activities include designing and presenting their own invention, recreating a piece of artwork and decoding mathematical problems.



  • Freedom

    In Freedom students look at slavery and slave resistance. They examine slave rights, culture and trafficking. Students assess the impact of the British Empire and the influence it has on the slave trade.  Activities include describing the triangle of trade, writing a diary from the perspective of a slave, and compiling a fact file on the significant figures of the Civil Rights movement.

  • Coast

    In Coast students investigate the various geographical processes that shape a coastline. They also look at the impact of humans on the costal landscape, as more areas grow for tourism purposes. The economic side of a coastal town is studied and students get the opportunity to rebrand a seaside attraction.


  • Apps For Good
  • Please Sir

    In Please Sir students study the different elements of Victorian life in Britain. They look at the growth of industry and the rise in corporal punishment to maintain control on a population/ workforce. Students also get the opportunity to interrogate the detective work surrounding the Jack the Ripper murders.  



  • Over the Top

Review and Exam Weeks will be held twice during the year, in January and in the Summer term.

There will also be a series of Focus Days embedded within themes where students can explore an idea in greater depth. Focus Days can include off-site visits, guest speakers and workshops.