History

What will students learn?

Year 7

This theme of the year is the question of: ‘Who has the power? Each half term students will study a unit that links to issues of power.

The topics and skills are as follows:

1. Who was the skeleton in the field? (Evidence)

2. How did William win the battle of Hastings? (Causation)

3. Who really ruled in Medieval Times? (Change and Continuity)

4. Why was 1649 so dramatic? (Significance)

5. Is violent revolution ever the answer? (Similarity and Difference)

Year 8

This theme of the year is the question of: ‘Has Empire been a model and a force for good’? Each half term students will study a unit that links to issues of Empire.

The topics and skills are as follows:

1. What can we learn about the Roman Empire? (Evidence)

2. How different were India and England in the 16th Century? (Similarity & Difference)

3. Was the British Empire all that bad? (Interpretation)

4. How important was Olaudah Equiano in ending slavery? (Significance)

5. Who is your neighbour? (Change & Continuity)

Year 9

This theme of the year is the question of: ‘What is worth defending? Each half term students will study a unit that links to issues of conflict, civil rights and persecution.

The topics and skills are as follows:

1. Is White Supremacy still alive today? (Change & Continuity)

2. Was the First World War a futile tragedy? (Interpretation)

3. World War Two: How did it start? (Causation)

4. How can we find out what really happened in the Holocaust (Evidence)

5. How have minorities been persecuted over time? (Significance)

How will they be assessed?

Year 7

Students will be assessed in a number of ways. They will gain verbal feedback in each lesson and receive written targets when their books are marked. They will be expected to respond to targets to improve their work following written feedback. At the end of each half termly unit students will be assessed on the skill or concept they have been working on. Students will get a level for their grasp of each of the skills and receive an overall level at the end of the year. Summative assessments will take a number of forms, including:

  • Extended Writing
  • Group presentations
  • Debate
  • Source Analysis exercises
  • Writing a newspaper report
  • Creating an online blog

Year 8

Students will be assessed in a number of ways. They will gain verbal feedback in each lesson and receive written targets when their books are marked. They will be expected to respond to targets to improve their work following written feedback. At the end of each half termly unit students will be assessed on the skill or concept they have been working on. Students will get a level for their grasp of each of the skills and receive an overall level at the end of the year. Summative assessments will take a number of forms, including:

  • Extended Writing
  • Group presentations
  • Debate
  • Source Analysis exercises
  • Writing a newspaper report

Year 9

Students will be assessed in a number of ways. They will gain verbal feedback in each lesson and receive written targets when their books are marked. They will be expected to respond to targets to improve their work following written feedback. At the end of each half termly unit students will be assessed on the skill or concept they have been working on. Students will get a level for their grasp of each of the skills and receive an overall level at the end of the year. Summative assessments will take a number of forms, including:

  • Extended Writing
  • Group presentations
  • Debate
  • Source Analysis exercises
  • Writing a newspaper report
  • Creating an online blog

Home Learning

Year 7

Home Learning is set half-termly by groups of subjects. Year 7 students will have a History and English project based in September around the skill of inference and identity. At the end of the half-term students will share their project. This may involve activities such as:

  • Creating a book cover about their life
  • Finding objects which express specific values
  • Developing creative responses to challenges posed in lessons

Year 8

Home Learning is set half-termly by groups of subjects. Year 8 students will have a History and English project based around the Roman Empire and focusing on the skill of writing. Each week they will be asked to write in a different style.

  • A speech
  • A monologue
  • A diary
  • A report

Year 9

Students can expect a variety of home learning tasks. These tasks will often be a follow up from what was being learnt in the lesson, or they will be a research task for the following week. In Year 9, we also ask students to complete a homework project that lasts for 6 weeks. Students will create an online profile of a First World War soldier, each week completing a different task centred on their character, using the online VLE. At the end of the project the students will turn their work into a website and share it with the class. 

How can parents support their child?

Year 7

Parents can support their child in a number of ways. If a home learning task is a written task, try to ensure that your child is writing in full sentences wherever possible, as this is always important to create clear arguments in History. Although we encourage students to use the internet for research tasks, we also try to show the students that they must not just trust the first thing that they read. Moreover, we always ask that students’ work is their own, and not copied directly from a website. A good website to get an overview of any historical event or period is www.schoolhistory.co.uk

Year 8

Parents can support their child in a number of ways. If a home learning task is a written task, try to ensure that your child is writing in full sentences wherever possible, as this is always important to create clear arguments in History. Although we encourage students to use the internet for research tasks, we also try to show the students that they must not just trust the first thing that they read. Moreover, we always ask that students’ work is their own, and not copied directly from a website. A good website to get an overview of any historical event or period is www.schoolhistory.co.uk

Year 9

Parents can support their child in a number of ways. As the home learning tasks are often written tasks, try to ensure that your child is writing in full sentences wherever possible, as this is always important to create clear arguments in History. Although we encourage students to use the internet for research tasks, we also try to show the students that they must not just trust the first thing that they read. Moreover, we always ask that students’ work is their own, and not copied directly from a website. A good website to get an overview of any historical event or period is www.schoolhistory.co.uk