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Objectives in history

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.

Modules covered:

  • Domesday village / The medieval world / The church

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.

Modules covered:

  • Religion and monarchy - Crown and parliament - Cromwell and the Stuarts - society - trade and empire - non-European

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.

All students at Ibstock are expected to become SECURE in their understanding

In history this means:

In year 7

  • Recall facts and describe what is seen in sources
  • Recognise obvious differences between past and present
  • Make obvious statements about the past
  • Use a limited vocabulary
  • Make basic statements and tell basic stories

In year 8

  • Make reference to background events
  • Make basic deductions from sources
  • Recognise different points of view
  • Explain why and use vocabulary
  • Write accurate accounts
  • Understand causes

In year 9

  • Make and use references to background events
  • Suggest interpretations and causes
  • Select and combine information into deductions
  • Compare reasons for things
  • Write structured accounts and explanations with accurate details