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YEAR 7
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The Romans

Students have one lesson a week of History. The first topic is looking at 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 by dealing with sources of evidence and learning how to produce extended pieces of writing. There will be a summative assessment of the Romans at the end of the topic.

Early Middle Ages – The Anglo-Saxons & Vikings

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.

Medieval England – 1066

Students will then 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. There will be an assessment on William the Conqueror in this half term.

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, the murder of Thomas Becket and King John and the significance of the Magna Carta.

Medieval England

Students will move on to look at the later Middle Ages with the Black Death and the Peasants’ Revolt before looking at the Wars of the Roses and the start of the Tudor topic in preparation for Year 8. There will be a knowledge test on Medieval Realms in this half term.

ILPs

Students will spend the last half term completing an independent learning project (ILP) on a topic of their choice.

 

YEAR 8
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The Tudors

Students have two lessons a week of History in Year 8. They begin with the Tudors learning about all 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. Students will then look at Edward VI’s reign and the changes this brought to England before finishing with Queen Mary before October half term.

The Tudors

Continuing with the Tudors topic, 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 Stuarts

Students will learn about superstition in James I’s England and why so many people believed in witches. They will then move on to explore the causes of the English Civil War and why Parliament were ultimately successful. The will study the trial and execution of Charles I and the return of the monarchy under Charles II. There will be a summative assessment at the end of this topic.

The British Empire

The next topic that Y8 will study will be the British Empire. Students will learn how Britain gained an empire from the Tudor and Stuart era through the Hundred Years War and the colonisation of America.

The British Empire and the Slave Trade

Students will look at how the British Empire expanded into Africa and India and the legacy this left around the world. Students will also begin to look at the slave trade, the reasons for it, conditions on the Middle Passage and the plantations and how it was ultimately abolished.

The 20th Century

Students will gain an overview of why the 20th century is a significant period of history looking at key events like the two world wars, rise of the Nazis and some of the social and cultural changes that happened over the 100 year period.

 

YEAR 9
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Teaching Significance

Students who pick history in Year 9 will cover a foundation course 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 the 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. 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
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Paper 1 Section A – Germany, 1890-1945 – Democracy and Dictatorship

Students begin Year 10 with the second section of the GCSE Paper 1 which is the depth study focusing on Germany between 1890 and 1945. Students will examine the impact of the First World War on Germany, the creation of the new Weimar Republic from 1918 and the challenges they faced in the early years up to 1923.

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

Students move on to look at the impact of the Depression on Germany in the 1930s and how this led to the rise of the Nazis. They will consider the economic, social and political reasons why extremism took hold in Germany at this time. They will then 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.

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

After Christmas, Year 10 will begin the first section of work for Paper 2 of the GCSE on migration and empire. This is the thematic study which starts with 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.

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 the Commonwealth. We look at the increase in migrants from Africa and the Caribbean and the impact these had on Britain, finishing with the emergence of the European Union and the impact of European migration.

Completion of Content/Revision

The final half term is all about revision and preparation ensuring that students are regularly revising all three topics covered so far for their final exams next year.

 

YEAR 11
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In 2019, students will begin Year 11 with the Paper 2 content.

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. There will be a mock exam on Paper 1 before Christmas.

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 2020 is the defeat of the Spanish Armada. Students will look at the reasons why the Spanish Armada were defeated, looking at the tactics used and the English Channel.

Students will have begun their study leave and their final History exams will be in the first two weeks after May half term.

All BTEC results have been emailed to student school email accounts 02.09.2020