Both year 7 and 8 follow a thematic approach to History looking at 5 themes over the last 2000 years. With this approach students can pin knowledge gained in current lessons to previous learning to extend their understanding of the historical context further.
Theme 1: Movement of people and ideas
Starting in Rome students explore the movement of the Romans and the impact their way of life has on other countries and cultures, with a focus on Britain. The learning moves onto Anglo Saxons and their influence on Britain, before moving onto the nation changing impact on the Normans and their movement into England.
The learning then switches to a more global setting investigating the role of explorers such as Christopher Columbus and allowing students freedom to investigate an explorer of their own choice and their significance.
With the setting of the discovery of the America’s embedded, students explore the role of the Transatlantic Trade and its impact on the world and the ideas that drove the trade.
The theme ends back in Britain in the 1950’s with the theme of migration of Black people into Britain with the arrival of the Windrush, allowing students to compare the forced migration of the Transatlantic Trade and encouraged migration after WW2.
Theme 2: Medicine through time
Students start back in prehistoric times and journey through Egyptian, Greek and Roman times and the changing nature of medicine and the causes for change and continuity. Students are already familiar with Roman’s and can now understand how their ideas travelled to places such as Britain and became entrenched in our culture.
The journey continues to modern Britain and the arrival of science over religion and the massive impact that it had on society with the role of war also being integral to improving medicine.
Theme 3: Crime and Punishment through time
Students start a new theme of exploring the crime and punishment first in Rome, where they can apply new knowledge to what they have already studied. The journey continues to Anglo Saxon England, Norman England with a focus on Robin Hood, before exploring the changes in crime in Early Modern period with smuggling and transportation. The theme ends with Jack the Ripper and crimes against the army if you failed to fight.
Theme 4: World at War & women gain the vote
Students finish year 8 with an in depth investigation of the causes and course of the two world wars and their devastating impact. Students start in 1900 and through a series of investigations explore the causes of the war, the Battle of the Somme and the end of the War with a focus on the fairness of the Treaty of Versailles.
Women and the Vote: students then explore how and why women gained the vote in 1918.
World War Two is explored by challenging if appeasement of Hitler was the right policy and the terror of the Jewish Holocaust.
All learning is centred around engaging and thoughtful activities, simulations and students own creativity in presenting work.
Each History classroom has a Learning Wall that students engage with a build upon as the year goes on to reflect on their learning.