Brief overview:

In Year 7, History is taught twice per week. Students partake in both discussion and independent study amongst a range of other activities. Focus at this stage is the development of describing and explaining causes and consequences with some basic source skills covered. Pupils are taught a broad range of topics which range from the English Civil War of 1642, to the British Empire and Industrial Revolution. This range of historical topics not only gives them a broader focus on the world we live in but also how they perceive the world moving forward.

Useful Resources: Textbooks, internet websites, YouTube and films.

Setting: Students are taught in a diverse mix ability class.

Specific Equipment required by all students: The students are given copy books for note-taking, answering questions and tasks and writing homework. A textbook is also provided for student learning.

Homework guidance: up to one hour of homework per week including independent study and research on the topics taught each week.

Timetabled hours per week: 2 X 50 minute lessons.

 

Term Topics Syllabus Outline Assessment information
1 Introduction to history and the English Civil War Students are introduced to the concept of history and how people interpret key events. Specific areas for study are chronology, historical evidence and interpretation.

The English Civil War is then covered as the first piece of historical content and how the war helped to shape modern Britain and its place in the world today in relation to religion etc.

Students are given an opportunity to be assessed not only on their knowledge on a particular topic but also their writing through description and explanation. This is vital for cross-curricular links through improvement in writing and expression no matter what level of English they have.
2 Changing ideas in England Restoration: This factor in English history restored the monarchy to its previous power. This retention of influence can be linked to the influence the monarchy has on British society today and its place in the world.

The Enlightenment: This is another example of changing ideas in England which saw a monumental advance in terms of science and how people viewed the world around them.

Students are given an opportunity to be assessed not only on their knowledge on a particular topic but also their writing through description and explanation. This is vital for cross-curricular links through improvement in writing and expression no matter what level of English they have.
3 The British Empire and the Industrial Revolution The British Empire, to this day, is viewed by many historians as the most influential the world has ever seen. Students will be given an insight into its creation right up to its legacy today.

The industrial revolution also saw huge advancements in the world with Britain the driving force behind the push for modern machinery which changed many aspects of people’s lives.

Students are given an opportunity to be assessed not only on their knowledge on a particular topic but also their writing. This is vital for cross-curricular links through improvement in writing and expression no matter what level of English they have.