Brief overview:

In Year 8, 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 critical thinking skills through source analysis when studying historical sources and their use to the historian. Pupils are taught a broad range of topics which range from the World Wars and the Cold War to Slavery and Civil Rights. 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 The Causes of WWI and 20th Century Warfare Students are given an insight into what actually caused the First World War including militarism, alliances, imperialism and nationalism. Links will be made between the different causes and the factors that led to the outbreak of war in 1914.

The First and Second World Wars are also taught through the median of warfare analysis. The 20th Century saw the first major conflict since industrialisation and the devastation this would go on to cause from trench warfare to the atomic bomb.

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.
2 The Cold War and International Relations Students are taught about how the world developed into the one we live in today through the ending of WWII and the subsequent relations that grew in the aftermath. Particular focus is given to the battle of the superpowers of the USA and the USSR and how proxy wars played out in the Middle East and Asia. The time period will cover from 1945 up to the present day to give students the broadest insight into the political and geographical landscape of modern times. 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.
3 Slavery, Civil Rights and Race Relations Students are given both an overview and a deep insight into the initial phases of the transatlantic slave trade to the continuing fight for civil rights today. This topic gives a fascinating view of how slavery came into existence and its ultimate divide in US politics in the years after. The topic continues into the issues that arose for the United States not only after the Civil War but right up to and including Martin Luther King and the Civil Rights Movement to present day America. 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.