Throughout the Key Stage pupils will experience a variety of activities and investigations to extend and deepen their chronological knowledge and understanding of British, local and World History. They will be able to identify significant events, make connections, draw contrasts and analyse trends. Pupils will learn now to question and challenge historical sources, learn how to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weight evidence and source materials.
In Year 7 the pupils will:
- Be taught how to evaluate the knowledge and understanding from KS2 using a visual overview from the Iron Age to the Normans. Pupils will investigate the impact of different groups of settlers.
- Learn about the development of society, state and the church in Medieval Britain 1066 – 1509.
- Be introduced to the idea/concept of ‘empires’.
- Learn about the Norman Conquest and its effect on life in England, developing their ability to evaluate sources as evidence.
- Be taught about the struggle between church and crown. Further study will allow pupils to explore what King John was expected to do and what drove the Barons to rebel.
In Year 8 the pupils will:
- Learn about the development in society, state and church in Britain 1509 – 1745.
- Learn about work and leisure in town and country, working conditions and the considerable impact of religion and superstition on daily life.
- Be taught how the religion of the country changed several times during the Tudor period.
- Learn about the causes and events of the civil wars throughout Britain.
- Learn about how rich and poor people enjoyed themselves in the 16th and 17 century.
- Be taught about the impact of the church on daily lives of all people.
- Learn about the Spanish Empire and the motives and attitudes of the Conquistadors and the winners and losers in the conquest. Opportunities to compare this empire to the British and the Roman Empire studied.
In Year 9 the pupils will:
- Be taught about the changes in populations, work practices, health and medicine and transport between 1745 and the present day.
- Learn about the British Transatlantic Slave Trade, its effects and its eventual abolition.
- Be taught about the Industrial Revolution and the impacts of canals and railways on society.
- Learn about why the British Empire is so controversial. They will compare the rise of the Empire to the shrinking Empire at the beginning of the 21st century.
- Be taught about a number of conflicts Britain has been involved in over the last 100 years, looking at causation and interpretations of the 1st and 2nd World Wars.
- Learn how people have campaigned for equal rights, including British women’s campaign for voting rights, Black American campaigning for civil rights and Nelson Mandela’s rise from prisoner to leader of the nation.
Pupils will have the opportunity to visit museums and experience live theatre productions related to historical events. Formative assessment takes place throughout the year, together with a termly grade based on a variety of assessment tools, including end of termly tests, role play, discussions and home learning tasks.