Ds did not have to make one, but the school did organise a year 7 history day full of activities, so the extra bit of curriculum may have been covered then.
Apparently it is river basin model in year 8 (done that, got the merit postcard
) and a volcano in year 9?
Currently we are making sugar skulls for art, which is actually good fun, and we all have one waiting to dry (except boring farty husband) This did backfire a bit, as ds1 is not arty and his littlest bruv is very much so and managed to mould a skull in two seconds flat, annoying big bruv in the process! Mine is the best..of course...
Personally I think if it gets parents "playing" with their teenagers then it is a good thing, as a parent you have to be very strong and resist taking over, or prodding about when they have gone to their rooms. (All I did was make the skulls teeth a bit more prominent)