History

What will I be studying?

  • Why bother learning about the Romans?
  • How did William Duke of Normandy grasp control of England?
  • Church or State: who was in control?
  • What happened when monarchs lost control?
  • How hard was life for medieval people?
  • Is it fair to call the Monarchs of 1485-1588 the Terrible Tudors?
  • To what extent did the abolition of slavery improve the lives of African Americans?”
  • How successfully did Elizabeth I deal with the problems of her reign?
  • England 1500-1750: Why was there a Civil war in 1642?
  • England 1750-1900. How did life in Britain change?
  • World War One- Why did it have such a great impact?
  • How did Life change for the Jews living in Europe 1919-45?
  • What political hurdles did people have to overcome to gain the vote?
  • How can an event or person be guaranteed a place in History?

How will I be assessed?

You will be formally assessed four times throughout the academic year. The titles of the assessments are:

Year 7
Term 1 – What was life like in the Roman Army? Julius Caesar- Hero or Dictator?
Term 2 – Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?
Term 3 – King John- was he really that bad?

Year 8
Term 1 – How great was the impact of the abolition of slavery on the lives of African Americans?”
Term 2 – Why was Mary Queen of Scots executed?
Term 3 –Oliver Cromwell: Hero or Dictator?

Year 9
Term 1 – Why was July 1st 1916 such as disaster?
Term 2 – Was life in the Warsaw Ghetto totally unbearable?
Term 3 – Why did Emily Davison die?

Your attitude to learning will also be recorded on homework tasks. You will also be given opportunities for peer & self assessment.

How are teaching Groups organised?

You will be taught in form groups for History during Year 7. In Year 8, there are 7 History classes, you will be set across Humanities – based on ability your ability in languages. In Year 9, there are 7 History classes, you will be set across Humanities – based on ability your ability in History, Geography and RE.

Provision for Gifted and Talented students

  • Differentiated materials in class
  • Additional/extension tasks will be provided in class and on the homework labels.

What extra and curricular opportunities are available to extend learning?

  • Possible visit to a castle
  • Possible Medieval Evening
  • Humanities immersion day activity
  • Immersion day trip to the Imperial War Museum of the North
  • Jason King World War One Artefacts Sessions

Pupils will be set ‘superstar tasks’ on their homework which they can opt to do in order to challenge them further

Extended projects encouraging independent research will be set

Useful resources and websites to support learning:

You may wish to visit:

  • DEWA ROMAN EXPERIENCE – CHESTER (www.dewaromanexperience.co.uk)
  • Chester Roman Amphitheatre (Vicar’s Lane, Chester CH1) Eyam Village- Derbyshire (www.eyamplaguevillage.co.uk)

Some useful websites:

  • www.bbc.co.uk/schools/primaryhistory/romans
  • www.horriblehistoriesworld.co.uk
  • www.bbc.co.uk/cbbc/shows/horrible-histories
  • www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk
  • www.activehistory.co.uk
  • www.historyonthenet.com