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YEAR 7
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The Romans

History at Wickersley begins with the Roman Empire. Students will learn how the Romans thought their empire was founded and how they worshipped their gods, before researching why the Roman Army was so successful and what happened to Julius Caesar and the town of Pompeii. Students will begin to hone their historical skills through dealing with sources of evidence and learning how to produce extended pieces of writing. There will be a summative assessment on the Romans at the end of the topic.

The Anglo-Saxons & Vikings and the Norman Conquest

After October half term, students will start to look at the early Middle Ages comparing the Anglo-Saxons to the Vikings and the impact these groups had on England. Students will then move on to study the significance of 1066 with the Battle of Hastings and how William the Conqueror gained control of England through his use of castles and the Feudal System.

Medieval England

Continuing with the medieval theme, students will study what life was like under the Normans looking at the importance of the Church to people’s lives, types of medieval entertainment and medieval medicine. There will be a summative assessment at the end of this topic.

The Tudors

Students will learn about the Wars of the Roses and how Henry VII emerged victorious from the Battle of Bosworth. They will then gain an overview of the Tudor monarchs before studying the reign of Henry VIII in more detail, in particular, Henry’s Break with Rome and the foundation of the Church of England. There will be an assessment on Henry’s break with Rome.

The Tudors

We move on from Henry VIII and look at the reigns of his children and the key events of their reign from Edward’s reform of the church to Protestantism to why Mary I was known as Bloody Mary.

The Tudors

We finish Year 7 by looking at the reign of Elizabeth I. We consider questions such as ‘How difficult was it for a woman to rule?’ ‘How did she deal with threats to her throne e.g. Mary, Queen of Scots and the Spanish Armada?’ and ‘Was Elizabeth’s reign truly a ‘Golden Age’?’

 

YEAR 8
Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
The Tudors

Students begin Y8 History by learning about the Tudor kings and queens before looking into Henry VIII’s reign in more detail, particularly focusing on why and how the Catholic Church was challenged in the 1500s by Martin Luther and how this led to Henry VIII breaking with Rome. There will be an assessment on this at the end of the topic.

The Tudors

Continuing with the Tudors topic, students will be learning about how the Reformation really took hold with the changes to the church brought in by Edward VI before looking into why Mary I became known as Bloody Mary. Towards the end of the half term, students will look at the reign of Elizabeth I, considering how a woman could rule England and whether her reign really was the Golden Age. Students will also look at challenges to Elizabeth’s rule with the Spanish Armada and Mary, Queen of Scots. There will be a summative assessment at the end of this topic.

The British Empire and the Slave Trade

The next topic that Y8 will study will be the British Empire. Students will learn how Britain gained an empire and the legacy this left around the world. Students will also begin to look at the slave trade.

The Slave Trade

Students will continue examining the slave trade, what the journey on the middle passage was like, what life on the plantations was like and the impact the slave trade had on Britain. Students will also learn about the abolition movement and the work of people like William Wilberforce and how the slave trade was eventually abolished in 1807.

Power and the People

The final two half terms will involve Y8 students looking at the theme of power and the people. Through different events in history students will study how political power has shifted through the centuries from the Magna Carta and the Peasants’ Revolt to the English Civil War, the growth of Parliament to the fight for the vote in the 19th century for both men and women.

Power and the People

The final two half terms will involve Y8 students looking at the theme of power and the people. Through different events in history students will study how political power has shifted through the centuries from the Magna Carta and the Peasants’ Revolt to the English Civil War, the growth of Parliament to the fight for the vote in the 19th century for both men and women. There may also be time at the end of the final half term for students to conduct some independent research into the significance of the 20th century in history.

 

YEAR 9
Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
Teaching Significance

Students who pick history in Year 9 will begin by learning some of the key skills needed for the GCSE exam through a series of topics that are not on the exam syllabus. The first topic is women’s rights and students will learn about the suffrage movement and the fight for the vote. Students will then learn about social class at the start of the 20th century through the case study of the Titanic looking at how your social class determined how likely you were to survive. They will then consider the impact of wars on society before learning about different ideologies and the impact they have had globally. Students will learn the different exam skills and practice dealing with historical sources.

Genocide

Students will spend the second half term looking at different genocides that have happened in history culminating in the Holocaust. Students will be able to examine in depth the causes of discrimination in different countries and cultures and how this intolerance led to mass murder. This is not part of the GCSE syllabus but does link to the Germany topic on Paper 1 and will allow students to get to grips with the skills needed to tackle the exam content after Christmas.

Paper 1 Section B – Conflict and Tension, 1894-1918

Students will begin to study the first section of the GCSE exam which looks at the causes of the First World War. Students will learn about the alliance system and the growing rivalry between Britain and Germany over control of the seas. Students also learn about the Moroccan and Balkan crises and how this led to tension between the great powers. Finally students will learn about the events in 1914 and how a gunshot in Sarajevo led to the deaths of over 10 million people in WW1.

Paper 1 Section B – Conflict and Tension, 1894-1918

Students continue to study the first section for their exam by learning about the war itself. They will learn about how stalemate set in by Christmas 1914, what it was like to fight in the trenches and some of the major battles like the Somme and Passchendaele. Students also learn about other theatres of war such as the war at sea and on the Eastern Front.

Paper 1 Section B – Conflict and Tension, 1894-1918

The final section is on the end of the war. Students will learn how Russia pulled out of the war after a revolution and how America entered the war in 1917 and the impact this had on the Allies. Students will learn about the Spring Offensive and the final defeat of Germany in 1918. Throughout all of this students will learn and practice the exam technique and how to deal with sources.

The final half term will be finishing the Conflict and Tension topic, and revision of their learning so far.

 

YEAR 10
Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
Paper 1 Section B – Conflict and Tension, 1894-1918

Students will begin to study the first section of the GCSE exam which looks at the causes of the First World War. Students will learn about the alliance system and the growing rivalry between Britain and Germany over control of the seas. Students also learn about the Moroccan and Balkan crises and how this led to tension between the great powers. Finally students will learn about the events in 1914 and how a gunshot in Sarajevo led to the deaths of over 10 million people in WW1.

Paper 1 Section B – Conflict and Tension, 1894-1918

Students continue to study the first section for their exam by learning about the war itself. They will learn about how stalemate set in by Christmas 1914, what it was like to fight in the trenches and some of the major battles like the Somme and Passchendaele. Students also learn about other theatres of war such as the war at sea and on the Eastern Front. The final section is on the end of the war. Students will learn how Russia pulled out of the war after a revolution and how America entered the war in 1917 and the impact this had on the Allies. Students will learn about the Spring Offensive and the final defeat of Germany in 1918. Throughout all of this students will learn and practice the exam technique and how to deal with sources.

Paper 1 Section A – Germany, 1890-1945 – Democracy and Dictatorship

After Christmas, students move on to the depth study for the GCSE exam which is focused on Germany. Students will examine the impact of the First World War on Germany and the new Weimar Republic from 1918.

Paper 1 Section A – Germany, 1890-1945 – Democracy and Dictatorship

Students move on to look at the challenges faced by the Weimar Republic in the 1920s, the impact of the Depression on Germany and the rise of the Nazis.

Paper 1 Section A – Germany, 1890-1945 – Democracy and Dictatorship

Students learn what life was like under the Nazis including their economic and social policies, use of repression and racial policies. They will also consider what opposition the Nazis faced and decide if the Nazis truly won over the people.

Revision/Start of Year 11

There will be time for revision of the Year 10 content in this half term before beginning to look at the topics for Paper 2 which is covered in Y11.

 

YEAR 11
Half Term 1 Half Term 2 Half Term 3 Half Term 4 Half Term 5 Half Term 6
Paper 2 Section A – Britain: Migration, Empire and the people

Y11 sees students tackling the topics for the second paper of their exam with the thematic study looking at the impact of migration on Britain from c.790AD to the present day. Students start by looking at the early invaders from the Anglo-Saxons to the Vikings and later the Normans and the impact these people had on Britain and the birth of an English identity. Through the study of the Angevin Empire and the Hundred Years War, students will understand how Britain’s power ebbed and flowed in this period.

Paper 2 Section A – Britain: Migration, Empire and the people

Students move on to look at how England colonised the known world in North America and India and the impact this had on the countries. Students will also look at how Britain expanded into Africa and the impact this had, this will focus on key individuals such as Cecil Rhodes. The final section is looking at the end of the British Empire and the impact this had on Britain with the growth of migrants from Africa and the Caribbean finishing with the emergence of the European Union and the impact of European migration.

Paper 2 Section A – Britain: Migration, Empire and the people

The final section of this topic is looking at the end of the British Empire and the impact this had on Britain with the growth of migrants from Africa and the Caribbean finishing with the emergence of the European Union and the impact of European migration.

Paper 2 Section B – Elizabethan England

The final topic needed for the GCSE exam is the British study which is focused on the reign of Elizabeth I. Students will begin to look at the background to life at court under Elizabeth I, Elizabeth’s relations with Parliament, the strength of her reign and the challenges she faced. Students will consider the importance of religion in Elizabeth’s reign and the threat from the Catholics.

Paper 2 Section B – Elizabethan England

Alongside finishing the content on Elizabeth, students will also prepare for the Historical Environment section of their exam which for 2019 is the Globe Theatre. Students will look at the building in terms of what it tells us about Tudor entertainment and the growth of Elizabethan theatre. Students will then move on to look at the age of exploration with Drake and Raleigh.

Completion of Content/Revision

The final half term is all about revision and preparation for the exams in June.