Year 8 Geography classes start off with a study of coastal environments, particularly mangrove forests. In lessons the students learn about the structure of mangroves, the adaptation features of the trees and the variety of wildlife that survive in this harsh environment. We also examine the nature and impacts of marine-derived pollution on beaches. This unit of work provides a sound theoretical background to the fieldwork carried out during the residential trip to Rayong.

In Term 2 students study world population issues. In lessons the students learn about the physical and human factors that have brought about the present distribution of the world’s human population. The situations that result in different rates of population growth or decline around the world are also studied.

In Term 3, the students study an exciting area of Physical Geography topic: Natural Hazards. This final topic focuses upon the causes and impacts volcanic eruptions and earthquakes and their impacts upon our planet. The theory of Plate Tectonics will be introduced to the students and how the impacts of plate movements vary in their intensity and destructive power. The topic ends with each student completing a project on another natural hazard.