Year 7 History

Textbook: ‘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:history 1

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

Medieval Religion

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 Warhistory 2
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:history 3

Britain in 1900- Social, political and economic
The Causes and Consequences of World War 1
The Rise of Hitler
The Holocaust
Personal research project
Medicine in the 20th Century

GCSE History

OCR SHP History

The GCSE course is made up of five different studies, each worth 20%:history 4

Paper 1: Crime and Punishment
              The Elizabethans

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.

Course Units:

Unit1 Development Study:      Option 1A Medicine and Treatment

Unit2 Depth Study:                 Option 2A Transformation of British Society 1815-1851

Unit 3 Source enquiry:            The Impact of war on Britain 1914-1950

Unit 4: Controlled Assessment:   The World around us

Unit1 Development Study:   Option 1A Medicine and Treatment

Developments in medicine and treatment and their impact throughout society from 1350- present. Explore a variety of different factors such as individuals, communications, attitudes and war. Explore how far these factors have helped or hindered the development of medicine and treatment through time. This unit is taught in a chronological order with similar investigations through each time period:

  • Ideas about causes of illness and disease.
  • The significance of key individuals and their work.
  • Approaches to treatment and the prevention of disease.

Unit2 Depth Study:   Option 2A Transformation of British Society 1815-1851

This unit examines ways in which Britain was transformed during the 19th century due to rapid industrialisation. Investigations will focus on the social issues which arose from the period of dramatic change and the developments which occurred to deal with growing problems in society.

The focus of the unit is on the changing lives of the working population. Key investigation are based upon the following topic areas:

  • Working class conditions and Poverty
  • Reform and protest
  • The coming of the Railways

Unit 3 Source Enquiry:            The Impact of war on Britain 1914-1950

This unit will focus on what life was like for people living through two major wars.

It will focus on the government’s methods to ensure safety of British civilians and to encourage morale during war time. The course will consist of three main topic areas:

  • The Civilization experience of total war.
  • Government organisation for war
  • The impact of war on society

Unit 4: Controlled Assessment: History around us- A local Community

Students will investigate a local history site or community where they will develop their understanding about key issues which were linked to the relevant site such as:

  • Family life, housing and communities.
  • Work employment and leisure.
  • The impact of industrialisation of families in the nineteenth century.

Extra Curricular Activities:


·         Cross phase and cross curricular themed activities.

·         Creative learning- Drama and Dance and Art workshops linked to historical topics

·         Participation in Remembrance Day Assembly

·         Research visits to local towns to explore amenities and historical features.

·         Imperial War Museum Trip-

·         Local History trip- Industry and communities

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Entrance Assessment - 12th November 2020

Following a successful appointment only Open Week, our Entrance Assessment for children wishing to join Year 7 in September 2021 will take place on 12th November 2020.

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