Years 7, 8 and 9
Curriculum Leader: Mr W Woodward
All students in Years 7-9 study history for two periods a week.
What we learn:
In Year 7 we learn about some of the basic skills of history. We investigate where we come from as a nation, before going on to study the effects of the Norman conquest on England. Through studying the lifestyle of ordinary people in the middle ages students develop their research skills, before meeting challenging questions such as why the Peasants' Revolt happened in 1381, and whether King John was really 'bad'. We aim to give students a good grounding in historical skills while not losing sight of the fascinating stories that make up the past.
In Year 8 we begin to consider the wider world, ranging from the impact of religious change which led to the Gunpowder Plot and the execution of Guy Fawkes, as well as other results, such as the emigration of the Pilgrims to America. Students continue to develop their understanding of the role of sources and their evaluation by reflecting on ideas such as whether Guy Fawkes and the others in the Gunpowder Plot may have been set up.
We also investigate Britain’s growing role in the world through an in-depth study of India in the Mughal period, through the British Raj, and onwards to independence in 1947. Students consider key questions such as 'Does Gandhi deserve the title 'Mahatma'?'
In Year 9 we continue the theme of Britain's role in the world by investigating the slave trade and its effects on the people involved. The core course covers the twentieth century, and students develop their skills through a range of activities such as research on the trenches in the First World War. After the effects of the Second World War on civilian life in Britain, we ask whether or not the bombing of Hiroshima was justified, by considering a range of different interpretations. Throughout the year students continue to develop their understanding of the role of sources, including evaluating the reliability of sources. The final term brings us towards the present day, and students are encouraged to consider how past events can help us understand the present, by considering the effects of the Cold War on Germany.