Start the year getting your class to quickly revise what they learnt in year 7! Here is a game which can be done as a whole class task where each student is given a card or two and an answer sheet), once they have answered the question/s in the card/s given, they must pass the card on to the person next to them- this way, all the cards will have to go around to each student so everyone gets to answer each card. This is a set of 39 cards! This would work better with small classes - it can be difficult to manage with larger groups.
Alternatively, if more sets of cards are printed out, you can get students in groups and each group would be a set and an answer sheet so all members would collaboratively work out the answers to the questions in all the cards.
Great fun and revision out of the way! Whether it's end of year 7 revision or start of the academic year in year 8. If you want your class to revise in more depth, you can support this game with a worksheet with further revision.