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Objectives in history

Year 7 Movement of People

We begin the year by studying prehistoric Britain. We examine how people moved to Britain and what they brought with them. Students will learn the characteristics of the 5 eras and compare them to each other at the end of the unit. We go on to study Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in Britain and the Crusades in the Middle East. Students will study the Kingdoms of Africa in the medieval period and understand how they were governed compared to Britain. Students then evaluate the impact of the colonisation of North America on Native Americans and end the year studying the end of the British Empire.

By the end of the year students will more aware of world history; history is more than just Britain and students will have the opportunity to learn about other cultures and nations.  Students will be able to confidently use sources in lessons and assessments through the integrated teaching of skills.

Year 8 Changing World

Year 8 start the year by evaluating the changes brought about by the Renaissance from 1450-1750. Students study the development of humanism, artists, architecture and new beliefs. This ties in to unit 2 focusing on the changing of religion. Students will examine the Reformation and Henry VIII and the relationship with the church. We then have a depth study into Tudor Life and introducing historical scholarship by studying the untold lives of Black people in England. Students use sources and extracts from Miranda Kaufmann’s Black Tudors. Students continue studying the treatment of minority groups by exploring the human cost of sugar and how this links to the American Civil War. The last unit focuses on Medieval Indian history: the Mughal Empire. Students will evaluate the rulers of the Mughals, how they ruled, changes in religious beliefs and the everyday life of medieval Indians.

By the end of the year students will have a well-rounded knowledge of British history, building on from Year 7, and learning more about the wider world. Students will develop good source skills through the integrated teaching of skills required for GCSE.

Year 9 Modern World

In Year 9, students are studying the past 200-300 years of history. We begin by studying the development of medicine such as vaccines, antibiotics and the NHS. Students then examine Women’s Suffrage from 1897-present day through the use of sources, documentaries etc. We also look at women’s rights in countries such as Saudi Arabia and students evaluate why rights for women are still an issue today. Students study WWI from a global perspective. Instead of exploring the British and Euro-centric narrative of WWI, students will have the opportunity to examine the roles of countries such as India, New Zealand, Africa and more. Students will study the Holocaust in detail and learn about the atrocities that are still in living memory. Students will build on their studies in Year 8 and study the Civil Rights movement of the 1960s in depth and evaluate whether the world has changed because of this. The last unit at ICC is focused on War on Terror in Ireland and the IRA.

By the end of the year, students will have strong understanding of how our world has got to where we are today. Students will be able to answer GCSE style questions with confidence through integrated teaching of skills.

Many of these modules prepare students for GCSE History by providing contextual knowledge to their next phase of education.