Year 7 HistoryTextbook: ‘Invasion, Plague and Murder. Britain 1066-1509’ by Aaron Wilkes.
In Year 7 we study the Middle Ages. This was a remarkable time, full of invasions, war, murder, revolt and plague. During the Middle Ages new discoveries meant that people began to change the ways that they thought and behaved and new laws meant that more people had a say in how decisions were made. In Year 7 we begin to use sources as evidence and develop our extended writing skills. We combine drama and creative group work to learn all about the past!
In Year 7 we cover the following:Introduction to History
The Battle of Hastings (1066)
The Bayeux Tapestry
What the Normans did for England
A Castle study
The Medieval Village and Settlements, Life for the rich and poor
The Black Death
Law and order in the Middle Ages- The Peasants Revolt, King John
The Wars of the Roses
The Tudors part 1- Henry VII
Year 8 History
Textbook: ‘Industry, Invention and Empire. Britain 1745-1901’ by Aaron Wilkes.
In Year 8 we study a long and fascinating period, from 1509-1900. Some of the world’s most famous people living during this time – Henry VIII, Oliver Cromwell and Queen Victoria! We study a time of great and exciting change in medicine, transport, invention, politics and discovery. We develop our source analysis skills in Year 8, looking at the origin of sources and what this can reveal about the message of the source. Group work and presentation skills are also a key part of our learning throughout the year.
In Year 8 we cover the following:The Tudors- Henry VIII, Elizabethan England
The English Civil War
The French Revolution
The British Empire – research project on slavery
The Industrial Revolution
Local History study
The American West (Native American life)
In Year 8 we undertake a site visit in the summer term to The Black Country Living Museum to further our understanding of the industrial period.
Year 9 History
Textbook: Technology, War and Independence’ by Aaron Wilkes.
In Year 9 we study the journey into the modern world. At the start of the 20th Century Britain controlled the largest empire the world had ever known. Telephones and cars had been invented, but were very rare, and television didn’t exist! By the end of the 20th Century things changed beyond all recognition, after two world wars, a moon landing and many technological advances. In Year 9 we develop our essay writing skills, using sources as evidence to examine both sides of a historical argument. Group work is a key part of our learning, as is drama and creative work.
In Year 9 we cover the following:Britain in 1900- Social, political and economic
The Causes and Consequences of World War 1
The Rise of Hitler
Personal research project
Medicine in the 20th Century
OCR SHP History
The GCSE course is made up of five different studies, each worth 20%:Paper 1: Crime and Punishment
Paper 2: History around us
Paper 3: The Making of America
Living under Nazi Rule
Crime and punishment: In this study we examine the period from 1250-present and students should be able to identify and describe events, situations and developments in the history of crime and punishment in Britain. We will understand the diverse views and experiences of different groups of people in Britain. Three issues will be addressed consistently throughout the study: The nature and extent of crime, the enforcement of law and order and the punishment of offenders
The Elizabethans: This depth study enables students to identify and describe the main features of late-Elizabethan England and develop an understanding of the diverse lives and experiences of the Elizabethans at a time when political, economic and religious tensions tested the stability of the kingdom.
History around us: Paper 2 involves a site visit to Kenilworth Castle and will enable students to understand how the physical features of a selected site and other supporting sources inform understanding of historical events and developments. The students will need to understand the strengths and weaknesses of the physical remains of the site as evidence about its past and how the site fits into is wider historical context.
The Making of America: This period study follows the unfolding narrative of the making of America from the inauguration of the first president in 1789 to the end of the nineteenth century when the USA was set to become the world’s dominant power. Students will understand how and why American territory expanded during these years and the relationship between this expansion and the cultures of indigenous Americans, African Americans and white Americans.
Living under Nazi Rule: This world depth study allows students to understand the impact of the Nazi dictatorship on people’s lives both within Germany and across occupied Europe. It explores the interplay of political, economic, social, racial and cultural forces at work in these societies.