Year 8

YEAR 8 REVISION – June 2008

There are two important events taking place for Year 8 geographers over the next few weeks. First of course are the river trips to Stibbington which begin this week. The second is the end of year Year 8 Geography exam. Your teacher will tell you the individual date of your exam, but to provide you with some extra help and guidance there are a few extra resources here.


To help you focus your revision – why not download the checklist for Year 8 Geography revision!

Also there is a useful list of key terms here (revision glossary of key terms)- why not try and complete the glossary by writing in the definitions yourself and learning them! 


There are numerous games available to help you with your revision, for example see the GeoGames section on GeoBytes, below however is a ‘mega quiz’ to help you test your knowledge and understanding of some of the key concepts. As you go through the slideshow – write down the answers you think are correct. Once the question slides come to an end, the answers will appear for you to self-mark and see how well you did! Good luck!!



For some links to help you with your Fairtrade work try THIS PAGE. The links will be updated over the next couple of days and some more links made available here so check back!


Week 17 – Week Beginning 14th January 2008

8Mn – your end of unit test on EGYPT will be on Friday 25th January 2008 – it is important that you revise carefully for this – you need to be aware that the test consists of longer answer questions than the population one and careful revision is needed.

REVISION SUPPORT! – to help you with your revision use the online Egypt Revision Pages

Week 6 – Week Beginning 8th October 2007

There were some very good results in Monday’s Population definitions test, but there were some also some disappointing result. A little more revision was needed by some people. If you feel you didn’t do as well as you could have done, try the following quizzes and revise the key terms again:

I was really pleased with some of the Population postcard homework’s you did and although I haven’t managed to put them on the wall, here are some of my favourite examples from the postcards completed (I am hoping to be able to showcase more of your excellent work on the blog in the future!)


Monday 8th October: POPULATION CHANGE

Firstly I want to say how pleased I was having marked your books last week with the quality of your work. There is some excellent classwork being completed and you are keeping your books very neat – well done! There were also some outstanding homeworks completed on population postcards – hopefully I will be able to post some examples on here over the next couple of weeks – so keep a look out! Some of you didn’t spend as much time as others on your homework though – it is important that you read the feedback I have given and make sure in future homeworks you take more time and add more detail.

Today we have been looking at “Population Change” and working with the graphs we drew up last time I was with you to show how population changes over time. The graph we have drawn up is shown below. Remember as Birth and Death rates change, the total population of a place will also change. Countries at different stages of development are at different stages in the model. Whilst the UK has very low Birth Rates and Death rates and is at stage 4/5 of the model, other countries such as Ethiopia still at stage 2 or 3.

Click here to see an excellent animation on the Demographic Transition Model – select “Main Session Part 1” and see if you can complete the activity to match the country to its particular point on the demographic transition model.

Population Change Year 8

What you need to think about is why do birth rates and death rates change over time? – this will help us to understand why different countries are at different stages of the demographic transition model and what it is that explains their rapid or slow population growth.

Week 5 – Week Beginning 1st October 2007

My apologies but I am not with you in this week’s lesson as I am out with Year 12 on fieldwork for their AS coursework. In your lesson you will be revising the key ideas we have covered so far this year. Your test on the Population Key Words and definitions will therefore be delayed until Monday’s lesson (October 8th) – your homework this week is therefore the same as last week – to learn your key words and definitions for Monday 8th – see the list of key words below!

Quizzes to help revise Population Key Terms:


Week 4 – Week Beginning 24th September 2007

Homework Week 4

Set: Friday 28th September 2007 Due in: Monday 8th October 2008

TASK: In Friday’s lesson we have revised the new key terms that you have learnt related to our work on population. You need to LEARN the SPELLINGS and DEFINITIONS of these key terms for a test on Monday 8th October. The words and definitions are listed here as a reminder…

  • Population Distribution – The way a population is spread over an area
  • Population Density – The number of people living in a given area (km2)
  • Densely populated – Lots of people living in an area
  • Sparsely populated – Few people living in an area
  • Population Explosion – A rapid increase in Population
  • Natural Increase – the difference between birth and death rates
  • Life Expectancy – the average number of years a person is expected to live for
  • Death Rates – the number of people dying per 1000 population per year
  • Birth Rates – the number of people born per 1000 population per year
  • Infant Mortality – the number of babies that die before the age of 1 per 1000 per year

WORLD POPULATION CHANGE – how and why has the world’s population grown?

This week we are going to find out more about world population growth – how and why it has grown.

REMEMBERYour Population Postcards homework is due in on Friday (28th Sept) (see the instructions in last week’s post below)

Ok – before we look at this weeks ideas – here’s a little game to get you thinking! See if you can sort the following places into sparsely and densely populated places – drag them into the correct dustbin as quick as you can – the challenge is to get them correct in the quickest time possible! Good luck!! Click here to play the Game.

The Population and Me

So how many people were in the world when you were born? How many were born the same year as you? How many of these people are still alive? Find out more about where you stand in the population – by selecting launch movie on this site.

Population Clock – watch how the population is increasing using this population clock – change the year to see what the population was…

Well done guys – you worked really well in today’s lesson (Monday) – here is the population clock I showed you in lessons – have a look! If you have any comments or questions why not post them to this blog page – remember its your page (please no surnames though!). To post – scroll down to bottom of page.


Week 3 – Week Beginning 17th September 2007

Homework Week 3

Set: Friday 21st September 2007 Due in: Friday 28th September 2008

TASK: Imagine you have been on a world tour to the following places: the Sahara Desert, the Amazon Rainforest; The Himalayas; Antarctica; Western Europe and Bangladesh.

Choose 2 of the locations you have visited; one that is densely populated and one that is sparsely populated. Write two postcards home, one from each of the locations to tell your family what they are like.


Your postcards should contain the following information:

1. Whether the place is densely or sparsely populated;

2. An explanation of why the population is dense or sparse by describing what the environment is like (think about things like climate; vegetation; communications and transport).

Make your postcards as descriptive as possible, you will need to do a little research on the two areas and you may wish to include some images of these places.

Resources to help you with your work:

1. Blank outline sheet for postcards (downloads as Word Document; download as pdf file) (you do not have to use this, you can make your own!)

2. The following research links / links to photographs may help you get started with some research.

Sahara Desert Amazon Rainforest Antarctica Western Europe The Himalayas Bangladesh

Info on the Sahara Desert

Photographs from Michael Palin’s Sahara Programme

Desert Features (USGS site)

Amazon Interactive

Journey into Amazonia

Antarctica Photos

Information about Antarctica

Newsround diaries from Antarctica

About London

London’s Population and Population Density

Himalayas Photographs

Life in the Himalayas

Bangladesh Tourism

Bangladesh Population

Virtual Bangladesh


Week 2 – Week Beginning 10th September 2007

POPULATION DISTRIBUTION AND DENSITY – how is the world’s population spread out?

You have made an excellent start to the year and I have been very impressed both with your behaviour and enthusiasm – keep it up – you have all been contributing really well in class!

Homework Week 2

Set: Friday 14th September 2007 Due in: Friday 21st September 2008


  • (i) Find out the approx population of the UK
  • (ii) Find out the approx population of the World

So what have you learnt so far?

Remember we now know the difference between population distribution (the way people are spread out) and population density (the number of people in an area). We have also discovered that the population of the UK is unevenly spread, some areas are densely populated – e.g. London and the South East (this is due to factors such as good communications, plenty of jobs etc.), whilst other areas such as the Scottish Highlands are sparsely populated (this is due to negative factors such as harsh climate, steep relief etc.)

At the end of Monday’s lesson, we also started to explore global population distribution and we found that the population of the world is unevenly spread. We are now going to explore why this is and which regions of the world are sparsely populated and which are densely populated!

Have you remembered the meanings of our new key terms this week?

  • – population distribution
  • – population density
  • – negative factors
  • – positive factors
  • – sparsely populated
  • – densely populated

Why not check yourself with a quick quiz – match up the key words and their definitions!


Welcome back 8Mn – An Introduction to Year 8 Geography

Welcome to Year 8 Geography 8Mn – you have a busy year ahead in the geography department with lots of exciting topics to help you understand more about our world, its people and how you and others around you interact with and impact on the environment.

On the front page of this blog, regular updates on geographical issues of interest as well as those hitting the headlines will be posted, including videos, games and presentations. However this page in particular is dedicated to supporting you through geography in Year 8 and will provide all the help you need with your homework! You should make sure you check this each week – either in school or at home.


Did you know that there are around 6.6 billion people in the world? This number is constantly changing and the world’s population has grown particularly quickly over the last century. In 1900, the world’s population was around 1.6 billion, which means that it has more than tripled over the last 100 years or so. So why is the world’s population growing so fast? Where do all these people live? Is the world’s population evenly spread around the world? How have we tried to control population growth? What happens when people move to other places around the world? These are just some of the questions we will be looking at in this unit.

You are going to learn lots of new geographical terms over the course of the year – these important words will be highlighted on the blog in blue! First of all we are going to look at two very important key terms; population distribution and population density.

You need to make sure you learn the meanings of these two terms and make sure you don’t get them confused!

Population Distribution refers to the way people are spread out over an area some areas have a more even population distribution than others!

Population density is the number of people living in a given area. (for example if 30 people live in an area 10km2, then we can divide 30 by 10 and find that the population density is 3 people per km2!)

Some places have lots of people living there we call these areas densely populated, places with very few people living there are called sparsely populated.

In our first lesson this week we have found that the 58 million people living in the UK are not evenly spread – on Friday we are going to think about why so few live in some places whilst lots of people live in others. To start thinking about this try watching the following video clip (thanks to R Dimmock) which compares the areas of the UK where Eastenders and Emmerdale are set – which of these soaps is set in a densely populated area and which is set in a sparsely populated area? Try and think of some reasons for the differences in the population density of the two areas as we will be discussing these in lessons.

Homework – Friday 3rd September 2007

Your homework this week is to make sure you learn the spellings and meanings of these 4 key terms – we will have a quick class quiz at the beginning of next Friday’s lesson (Friday 10th September)


1. Population Distribution – the way people are spread out over an area

2. Population Density – the number of people living in an area

3. Sparsely Populated – not many people living in an area

4. Densely Populated – lots of people living in an area


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