History

What are we studying?

Year

7

Dates

4 Sep - 17 Jul 2020

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

TERM 1
Year 7 will begin by looking at how the nature of monarchy in England has changed over time. We will begin by examining William the Conqueror – how did he, as a French king, stamp his authority over the English? We will then follow this chronologically by looking at Henry II, Richard and John and Henry VII. We will be analysing whether or not each monarch was a good monarch.

TERM 2
Following on from Term 1, Year 7 will continue to examine the monarchs of England, casting a critical eye over the Tudor monarchs – Henry VIII, Edward VI, Mary I and Elizabeth I, before moving on to the Stuarts, starting with James I and ending with Charles II, whilst focusing on how Charles I lost his head, and whether or not the experiment with Oliver Cromwell was a success. By the end of the term, all Year 7s will be able to discuss what makes a good ruler, and decide who was the best ruler England had over the whole time period.

TERM 3
Year 7 move all the way back to 1066, looking at how the nature of warfare has changed over the time period 1066-1989. They will examine a variety of wars and key battles, analysing the changes in tactics, weapons and attitudes to war – starting with the Battle of Hastings and ending with the English Civil War.

TERM 4
Year 7 then look at more recognisable warfare – studying the ways in which technology changed tactics following the Napoleonic, Crimean and Boer Wars, before looking at the devastating effect of trench warfare, the Blitz and the threat of nuclear war with the atomic bomb. They will be able to analyse and evaluate the significance of changes, and start to look at what factors have had the biggest change – was it technology, attitudes or the government?

TERM 5
The final two terms will be an examination of society over the period 1066-2019. What was life like in a medieval town – did it differ depending on who you were? They will also look at different diseases, examining why the Black Death was so devastating and comparing it to the Great Plague in 1665. They will also study the Great Fire of London and analyse how this changed people’s attitudes and the way in which they worked and built towns.

TERM 6
In the final term, Year 7 will look at how industrialisation affected England and Great Britain – the move from the villages and towns into cities – studying and evaluating the effects of population growth, looking at life for rich and poor during the Industrial Revolution, the First and Second World Wars, and starting to look at civil unrest in the 20th Century – how have we got to the point we are now in society?

 

Year

8

Dates

4 Sep - 17 Jul 2020

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

TERM 1
Year 8 begins with looking at the British Empire – focusing on its role in the slave trade, studying how the slaves were treated, from when they were captured in Africa, through their journey across the ‘Middle Passage’ and then what life was like on the plantations when they got through their first ordeals. Students will also be examining the autobiography of Olaudah Equiano, former slave and abolitionist, to help understand what life was like for slaves.

TERM 2
Following on from the examination of slavery in the first term, students will then analyse how the end of slavery came about in the UK, through the work of William Wilberforce and other abolitionists, before discovering how and why the ending of slavery in the USA took longer, and how the fight for civil rights lasted throughout the 20th century. They will study key figures like Abraham Lincoln, Rosa Parks, Martin Luther King Jr. and Malcolm X, before analysing the election of the first Black President of the USA, Barack Obama.

TERM 3
In the third term, students will turn their attention to Europe – they will look at what life was like in Britain before WW1 – looking at varying problems that the government faced, before analysing how the whole of Europe, and the world, careened towards the ‘Great War.’ They will learn about the long and short term causes of the war, before analysing the trigger event – the Assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand. Students will be encouraged to reach a decision on ‘who to blame’ for the outbreak of war, ready for analysis of events post-WW1. 

TERM 4
This term will be devoted to analysing and understanding what life was like for people during the Great War – they will learn about life in the trenches – the battle plans, the noise, the conditions and injuries, as well as learning about technological improvements and advancements. Alongside this, students will learn about how the war affected people at home – looking at the Home Front, rationing, and the impact on women. They will then study the events leading up to the Armistice, ready to tackle the inter-war period in Y9.

TERM 5
In this term, we look at the forgotten women of History. Starting with Boudicca, and finishing with inspirational figures of the 20th century like Rosalind Franklin and Margaret Thatcher, students will analyse the impact of the women of history who are so often overlooked. This term will mainly focus on those women in the Ancient, Medieval and Renaissance periods, starting with Cleopatra and Boudicca and ending with Mary I and Elizabeth I.

TERM 6
Students will continue looking at women, focusing on those women who helped improve the lives of others – Mary Seacole, Florence Nightingale and Marie Curie, for example. Students will use the skills learnt in Year 7 about analysing significance, and put them into practice to explain and evaluate the contribution of these women.

Year

9

Dates

4 Sep - 17 Jul 2020

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

TERM 1
Year 9 begin the year by picking up where Year 8 ended, looking at Germany at the end of WW1. They analyse the impact of the Kaiser’s abdication on Germany, and the subsequent creation of the Weimar Government, their signing of the Treaty of Versailles, and its impact on Germany between 1919 and 1929.

 TERM 2
Year 9 then look at the inter-war period in Europe, studying the impact of the Treaty of Versailles, the creation of the League of Nations and the problems that helped contribute to the rise of fascism in Italy and Germany. This will include looking at the impact of America, Russia and Japan, as well as the lack of response from various other countries.

TERM 3
This term begins to look into the details of Hitler’s rise to power in Germany, before studying what life was like in Nazi Germany. It looks at the changes that were made to people’s lives, focusing on women and children, before beginning to examine the persecution of minorities, leading on to looking at the Holocaust. We also study what life was like for people in Britain and Germany during WW2.

 TERM 4
This term is where students examine the Holocaust – they look at the events leading up to the Final Solution, before looking at the concentration and extermination camps, and then the liberation of them. Finally, students will look at the memorialisation of the Holocaust, and discuss whether or not Germany should still apologise for their role in it.

TERM 5
This term leads on from looking at WW2 to looking at the Cold War – students examine how close the world came to nuclear war, and the reasons why. They learn about the differing ideologies of the USA and the USSR, and the impact this had on the world as a whole. They study different flashpoints during the early Cold War – the Berlin Blockade, the A-bomb and H-Bomb, and the Korean War. 

TERM 6
This term finishes looking at the modern period by studying up to and including the fall of the Berlin Wall. As well as this, they look at the Cuban Missile Crisis, Vietnam War and Soviet invasion of Afghanistan. The Year 9s will also draw links to modern day superpowers – how has the world changed and how has it stayed the same?

Year

10

Dates

4 Sep - 17 Jul 2020

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

TERM 1
Year 10 begin their GCSE with the Health and the People module. In it, we begin to study how medicine has changed over time – looking at how approaches to identifying causes, trying to prevent illnesses and trying to cure diseases has changed over time. They begin by studying Medieval and Renaissance history, looking at the influence of Hippocrates, Galen and the Church, with a focus on how Britain dealt with the Black Death and the Great Plague. They will also need to know about the way in which the government took control of medicine during the time period. Alongside this, students will be learning vital exam skills to help pass their GCSE History – looking at sources, as well as understanding how to link different causes and consequences together.

 TERM 2
Year 10 continue studying Health and the People by focusing on the later time periods – the Industrial Revolution up until the modern day. They will learn about the discovery of Germ Theory, attempts to solve the problems with surgery, and how war affected the changes in medicine, all the way through to looking at genetic engineering and the treatment of cancer. This will be linked to their prior learning, as well as continuing to enhance and hone their exam skills that they began in Term 1.

 TERM 3
Students will then move on to studying in depth the life and reign of Elizabeth I, from 1558-1603. They will look at the problems she faced as a woman ruling in a man’s world, looking at the difficulties religion caused her and why she decided to never marry. Alongside this, they will begin to look at the changes in society during Elizabeth’s reign, studying the culture boom, and how this affected architecture – specifically focusing on Kenilworth Castle.

TERM 4
Students continue with their study of Elizabeth I, by focusing on how she treated those who were less fortunate – the poor and the needy in her society. We also begin to study how England became a world power – looking at explorers like Walter Raleigh and the colonisation of Virginia, as well as considering how and why the Spanish Armada happened, and why England was able to win it.

TERM 5
Students then begin to study Germany, looking at the period 1890-1945. They start by looking at life under Kaiser Wilhelm – what were his plans for Germany, and why did they put him into conflict with other countries, as well as how he dealt with internal struggles. They then move on to look at the impact of World War 1 – how the fighting affected the public, as well as how the end of the war changed the political landscape of Germany. They then begin to learn about the Weimar Republic – its trials and tribulations, and how it dealt with the problems to emerge into the ‘Golden Age’ of the mid-1920s.

 TERM 6
Students then finish off their studies of Germany by looking at how the Wall Street Crash led to Hitler becoming leader of Germany, before looking at how he transformed the German country, changing and impacting the lives of every single man, woman and child. They then begin to study the persecution of minorities and how the Holocaust could have happened, before looking at the impact of the war on Germany.

 

Year

11

Dates

4 Sep - 22 May 2020

WHAT ARE WE STUDYING

TERM 1
Year 11 are finishing off their studies of Germany – focusing on the way in which Hitler shaped Germany into his own ideals – removing unemployment, strengthening the Reich and making Germany a formidable world power. They will also be studying the persecution of minorities and look at how the Holocaust happened.

 TERM 2
Students then look at the world after the Second World War – how it split into two Superpowers (America and the USSR), each following their own ideology – Capitalism v Communism. They will study the different flashpoints throughout the 20th Century, starting with the building of the atomic bomb and arguments over the splitting up of Germany, moving into the Korean War, and the building of the Berlin Wall.

TERM 3
Students will continue their examination of the Cold War by looking at how tensions increased further and how close the world came to nuclear war. They will examine the flashpoints of the Cuban Missile Crisis and the Vietnam War, before moving on to looking at the beginnings of détente and the improvement of relations in the 1970s.

TERM 4
Students will be returning to their ‘Health and the People’ module from Year 10 to revise key figures and concepts, ensuring that they have a thorough understanding of the four time periods – Medieval, Renaissance, Industrial and Modern, and are able to identify how the ideas about cause, prevention and cure changed over this period.

TERM 5
Students will return to their Elizabeth I module from Year 10, focusing heavily on the area of the English Channel that saw the Spanish Armada – this will be a key part of their exam and will be required to be analysed in depth. They will also revise the rest of the topic and be prepared for their exams.