During Year 7 the following topics are covered:
How much did the Romans change Britain?
Students will learn about; a chronological overview of time periods, the growth of the Roman Empire, Legend of Romulus and Remus, the Roman army and their reasons for invading Britain and the impact this had.
Was the Norman conquest really so significant?
Students will learn about; the ‘big picture’ of the Middle Ages, contenders for the throne in 1066, the reasons why England ripe for invasion and the Battle of Hastings and its’ significance.
How was the power of medieval kings challenged?
Students will learn about; Henry II and Thomas Becket, the qualities of a good medieval king, King John, the Magna Carta, power of medieval kings and the Peasant Revolt.
Did rats and rebels change peoples’ lives completely?
Students will learn about; the lives of medieval peasants, the farming year, medieval crime and punishment, the Black Death and the significance of Wat Tyler.
Why was there a Reformation?
Students will learn about; the importance of the Catholic Church to peoples’ lives in 1500, why people began to question the Catholic Church, Martin Luther, and the Reformation in England.
During Year 8 the following topics are covered:
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Was Henry VIII to blame for the Gunpowder Plot?
Students will learn about; the Dissolution of the monasteries, Tudor reaction to changes in religion, Does Mary really deserve to be known as ‘Bloody Mary?’, Overview of the problems Elizabeth faced when she became queen, Elizabethan religious settlement, threat of Mary, Queen of Scots, reasons for overseas exploration, why England and Spain went to war, why the Spanish Armada was defeated, Religious changes overview and the Gunpowder Plot.
How did Power and Protest shape the Industrial age and beyond?
Students will learn about; an overview of changes in the Industrial Revolution, significance of Richard Arkiwright, Factory conditions, living conditions, crime and punishment, problems with democracy, Peterloo massacre, causes of the swing riots, why did the Mason brothers take part in the Swing Riots enquiry, Chartists, Where to site a national museum of the Industrial Revolution and the Suffragettes.
The British Empire
During Year 9 the following topics are covered:
Why did war break out in 1914?
Students will learn about; the long term causes of WW1, the hopes and fears of different countries and how these helped lead to war, the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand and how this triggered lead to the outbreak of war and finally who was to blame for WW1.
Is it time to pull down Douglas Haig’s statue?
Students will learn about; Why Ernest Coleman went to fight in 1914, WW1 recruitment, life in the trenches, the Battle of the Somme, Douglas Haig on trial and the significance of WW1.
How could the Holocaust have happened?
Students will learn about; An overview of Jewish persecution through time, Changes in Nazi policy towards Jews, Life in the Warsaw Ghetto, Who killed Abraham Bauman enquiry and was the Holocaust inevitable.
Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939
Students will learn about Germany as a depth study divided into 4 key topics; The Weimar Republic 1918–29, Hitler’s rise to power, 1919–33, Nazi control and dictatorship 1933–39 and life in Nazi Germany, 1933–39.