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In year 7:
Students begin the year studying life in England in 1066. They study the Battle of Hastings, social and economic life in the local village, and how the Normans controlled their new country with the Feudal system, Domesday book and castles. They study wider issues such as the growth of democracy in Parliament, the Magna Carta, the Peasants’ Revolt, relationships with other countries and can learn about knighthood, heraldry, medicine and the Crusades. They examine the importance of, and royal conflicts with, the medieval church. They learn about changes in rural and urban environments. They investigate the Wars of Roses and the mystery surrounding the controversial King Richard III. Students are encouraged to explore and develop investigation skills.
In year 8:
Students develop source investigation and enquiry skills. They study the new Tudor dynasty, the church and the reformation, conflict under Henry’s children, and Elizabeth’s problems. In crown and parliament, they study a new dynasty and a new country. We evaluate how much of a tyrant were Charles 1 and Cromwell. We also study the causes and course of the Civil War. We investigate Cromwell in Ireland, the importance of the King’s Trial, the effect of puritanism and the changes brought by the “Glorious” Revolution. This political emphasis is balanced with a study of society, including the roles of women and treatment of minorities. The year finishes with a wider study looking into exploration and motives, empire and slavery and a non-European history research project.
In year 9:
Students continue to build on history skills developed in Y7 and Y8. They analyse and work with sources, are taught to be critical and questioning and develop higher-order skills such as dealing with hypothesis, bias and reliability. They do this throughout studies of the local impact of the Industrial Revolution on a typical Measham family migrating to Coalville for work in the 1830s. This covers employment, health and transport. Students then study the changes that occurred in the 20th century. They use sources to understand the causes and impact of WW1, political changes and ideas, the rise of Fascism, WW2 and then post war changes in the world. Throughout they will have developed analytical skills which will stand them in good stead at their high schools, and a thorough understanding of some of the political and international issues that shape the world in which they live.
In history this means:
In year 7
In year 8
In year 9