Year 8 Revision Topics

Please see below a list of revision topics recommended by subject teachers.

SCIENCE

  • Photosynthesis
  • Breathing
  • Plants
  • Menstrual cycle
  • Acids and alkalis
  • Reactivity of metals
  • Energy forms
  • Heat transfer
  • Transverse and longitudinal waves
  • Refraction and dispersion

GEOGRAPHY

  • Rainforests – Where they are, the climate, the vegetation and animals and their adaptions to the rainforest, causes of deforestation, effects of deforestation
  • Climate change – What is global warming, the greenhouse effect, causes of global warming, effects of global warming (sea level rise, changing weather patterns, ice melt), renewable and non renewable energy.

RELIGIOUS STUDIES

Topics:

  • God and Creation
  • Good and Evil
  • Forgiveness
  • Life after death

Exam technique:

  • Keywords
  • Personal opinions regarding the issues we have learned about
  • Understanding and explaining how people are affected by the issues we have covered
  • Evaluating these issues (for and against views)

Format:

Section 1: Keywords x 5

Section 2:

  • Part a) (2marks): Keywords
  • Part b) (4 marks): ONE opinion with TWO well explained reasons
  • Part c) (8 marks): FOUR explained points with examples
  • Part d) i (3 marks): 3 Reasons for your opinion on an issue
  • Part d) ii (3 marks): 3 Reasons for the opposite opinion

Section 3: Two evaluation mini-essays.

HISTORY

Topics to revise:

  • Industrial Revolution
  • Factory conditions
  • Inventions
  • Development of the police
  • Jack the Ripper
  • British Empire
  • Colonies of the empire e.g. Australia, India, New Zealand, America
  • Should we be proud of the empire?
  • Why did Britain want an empire?
  • Slavery 
  • Slave triangle
  • Slave auction
  • Life on a plantation
  • Abolition of slavery
  • World War One
  • Why did men join up to fight?

Skills

  • Creating an argument – why do you agree or disagree?
  • Explanation using specific evidence
  • How useful is the source to a historian?

FRENCH

Revision Topics 

  • Holidays: countries, weather, accommodation types, booking/reservations, complaints, free time activities, present, past and future tenses
  • Healthy lifestyle: meals, food, quantities, numbers, café/restaurant language, past/future meals, healthy living (food), body parts, injury/illness, at the doctor’s, daily routine, time
  • Opinions, Question phrases

Question Structure

  • Listening paper: yes/no/true/false/letter in a box type questions. Any written answers given in English
  • Reading paper: as per listening exam, plus a short translation into English
  • Writing paper: questions mainly in English, building up from one word answers, to short sentences, to an extended paragraph, plus 5 short sentences to translate into French
  • Speaking: a 2 minute conversation with your class teacher, in French, about any of the topics listed above

Revision Tips

  • Use www.linguascope.com (username lymm, password Madrid1234) to revise all topics
  • Use your exercise books to revise vocabulary
  • Write model answers to expected questions (given by class teacher) and learn them and/or key vocabulary phrases
  • Practise both speaking and writing your model answers
  • Get your parents/carers/siblings to test you on vocabulary

GERMAN

Revision Topics 

  • Self, family and pets: name, age, birthday, appearance, personality, animals, descriptions
  • School: favourite subject, opinions about other subjects with reasons (using ‘weil’), uniform, what you eat and drink at school, with opinions
  • Hobbies: what you enjoy doing after school and at the weekend – present and future tenses
  • Home: where you live, your house, your bedroom, opinions

Question Structure

  • Listening paper: yes/no/true/false/letter in a box type questions. Any written answers given in English
  • Reading paper: as per listening exam, plus a short translation into English
  • Writing paper: questions mainly in English, building up from one word answers, to short sentences, to an extended paragraph, plus 5 short sentences to translate into German
  • Speaking: a 2 minute conversation with your class teacher, in German, about any of the topics listed above

Revision Tips

  • Use www.linguascope.com (username lymm, password Madrid1234) to revise all topics
  • Use your exercise books to revise vocabulary
  • Write model answers to expected questions (given by class teacher) and learn them and/or key vocabulary phrases
  • Practise both speaking and writing your model answers
  • Get your parents/carers/siblings to test you on vocabulary

MATHEMATICS

Set 3

  • Using a calculator effectively
  • BIDMAS
  • Calculations and Number Properties (Squares, Cubes, roots, primes etc.)
  • Factors, Multiple, LCM and HCF
  • Properties of 2D Shapes
  • Angle properties
  • Writing expressions
  • Collecting like terms
  • Expanding brackets
  • Substitution into expressions and formulae
  • Solving equations
  • Rounding and Estimation
  • Fractions (Identifying, Simplifying, Equivalent fractions, Fractions of Amounts, Adding and Subtracting etc)
  • Probability
  • Percentages (Links to Fractions and Decimals, Percentage of amounts, Percentage change)
  • Averages and Range from raw data and from a frequency table
  • Calculating with Decimals
  • Powers and Roots
  • Perimeter and Area of 2D Shapes inc Circles
  • Volume of Prisms
  • Plotting Coordinates
  • Plotting Linear Graphs
  • Units
  • Writing a number as a product of primes
  • Representing Data
  • Surface Area of Cubes and Cuboids
  • Sequences

Set 2

As well as knowing the material from set 3, students in set 2 should know:

  • Factorising expressions
  • Expanding double brackets
  • Setting up and solving equations
  • Mean from a grouped frequency table
  • Standard Index Form
  • Index/Power Laws
  • Ratio and Proportion
  • Percentage Multipliers
  • Quadratic Graphs
  • Pythagoras’ Theorem
  • Equations with Fractions
  • Volumes of Prisms

Set 1

As well as knowing the material from sets 3 and 2, students in set 1 should know:

  • Compound growth and decay
  • Reverse percentages
  • Trigonometry (SOHCAHTOA)
  • Solving Quadratic equations by factorising
  • Probability and Tree Diagrams
  • Cumulative Frequency and Box Plot diagrams
  • Calculating with Standard Index Form