History is taught at Key Stage 3 (Years 7 and 8).  Please see Humanities for the course taught at Key Stage 2 (Years 5 and 6).

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Skills gained during KS3 History:

Change and Continuity:

  • Identify events
  • Sequence events
  • Describe change and continuity
  • Explain connections between events

Historical Knowledge:

  • Use of key terms
  • Describe events
  • Compare and contrast events
  • Explain causes and consequences

Using Evidence:

  • Identify provenance
  • Describe evidence
  • Analyse usefulness of evidence
  • Evaluate usefulness of evidence

Interpreting History:

  • Investigate events and create enquiries
  • Describe different accounts
  • Interpret different accounts
  • Evaluate interpretations

 

 

Year 7

Autumn Term

Why and how did people invade England?

  • Why go to England? The contenders
  • Battle of Stamford Bridge
  • Battle of Hastings

How did William I control England?

  • The Feudal System
  • Rule by terror – Harrying of the North
  • The Doomsday Book

How much did William I change England?

  • What were English homes like in 1000?
  • Changing towns
  • Motte and Bailey castles
  • Stone castles
  • Life inside castles

Who had the power: the Crown or the Church?

  • The murder of Becket
  • Why was Becket murdered?

Could the barons control the king?

  • King John and the Magna Carta
  • Impact of the Magna Carta

What did medieval English people fear?

  • Hell
  • The Black Death

 

Spring Term

Why did the peasants revolt?

  • The Peasants’ Revolt
  • What were the results of the Peasants’ Revolt?

What were the most important events of the War of the Roses?

  • Henry VI vs Edward IV
  • Richard III
  • Battle of Bosworth

How powerful was Henry VIII?

  • Problems and solutions
  • Destroying the monasteries
  • Pilgrimage of Grace
  • Henry VIII: Star or Monster?

Who was Edward VI?

  • The boy king

How ‘bloody’ was Mary Tudor?

  • Does Mary I deserve the title ‘Bloody’?

Who was Queen Elizabeth I?

  • Elizabeth’s upbringing
  • Elizabeth’s problems and solutions
  • Marriage contenders
  • Walter Raleigh and dealing with pirates
  • Spanish Armada

 

Summer Term

Was Guy Fawkes a ‘terrorist’?

  • Gunpowder Plot

What was the English Civil War?

  • Civil War on a plate
  • Battle of Marston Moor
  • Would you sign the death warrant?

Who should be in charge?

  • Life in England during the 1650s
  • Cromwell: Hero or Villain?
  • Parliament or King?
  • Why was the monarchy restored?

How did Scotland feel about uniting with England?

  • The Act of Union
  • Jacobite risings

What frightened people in the 17th century?

  • The Great Plague
  • Stopping the Great Plague
  • Why were people accused of witchcraft?
  • The Witchfinder General

Who wanted their liberty and why?

  • Why was there a revolution in France?
  • Storming of the Bastille
  • Louis XVI: innocent or guilty?
  • The ‘Terror’ years
  • Napoleon – good or bad?

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Year 8

This is a one-off scheme of work for 2015-16 to introduce teaching of The Stuarts for this year group.

Autumn Term

Was Guy Fawkes a ‘terrorist’?

  • Gunpowder Plot

What was the English Civil War?

  • Civil War on a plate
  • Battle of Marston Moor
  • Would you sign the death warrant?

Why did the English execute their King?

Who should be in charge?

  • Life in England during the 1650s
  • Cromwell: Hero or Villain?
  • Parliament or King?
  • Why was the monarchy restored?

What frightened people in the 17th century?

  • The Great Plague
  • Stopping the Great Plague
  • Why were people accused of witchcraft?
  • The Witchfinder General

How did Scotland feel about uniting with England?

  • The Act of Union
  • Jacobite risings

 

Spring Term

How did the British Empire begin?

  • The origins of the British Empire
  • Conflict with Native Americans
  • Results of the conflict with Native Americans

What are the reasons Britain built on its empire?

  • Rival European empires
  • Triangular slave trade
  • Middle passage
  • Did slavery transform Britain?
  • Abolition
  • Impact of the British Empire

How did the Empire affect British Industry?

  • George Stephenson and the impact of the Transport Revolution
  • Coal mining in the North East
  • Did coal mining improve the lives of people in the North East?
  • How did Britain change between 1750 and 1900?

What was it like to live in 19th century Britain?

  • Growth of the cities
  • Children in factories
  • Public health and living conditions

What was law and order like during the 19th century?

  • How did law and order change – The Peelers
  • Crime and punishment in Victorian Britain

Who was Jack the Ripper?

  • Jack the Ripper: Victims
  • Jack the Ripper: Suspects
  • Who do you think was Jack the Ripper?

 

Summer Term

What was it like to live in 19th and early 20th century Britain?

What did the Suffragette do to get the vote?

  • Victorian women
  • Suffragette methods
  • Emily Davidson: suicide or accident?
  • Impact of WW1 on the votes for women
  • Successes and failures of the Suffragettes

What were the origins of WW1?

  • The world in 1900
  • The main reasons why war broke out
  • The assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand
  • Failures of the Schlieffen Plan

How was the First World War fought?

  • Why did people rush to join in 1914?
  • What were the trenches?
  • Conditions in the trenches
  • Censorship
  • Warfare
  • Battle of the Somme
  • Why did Germany surrender?

What was the impact of ending WW1?

  • Aims of the ‘Big 3’
  • Impact on Germany

How did life compare in Britain and Germany during the 1920s?

  • Life in 1920s Germany
  • Life in 1930s Britain

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