Year 7 History

Curriculum Intent

We want all of our young people to become competent scholars of the past, ensuring all students develop a love and understanding of our history. We teach the fundamental skills that allow all students to understand the importance of the people that have come before us. Our students learn substantive and important facts, they develop and gain the ability to argue, and they become effective communicators. Through the concept of the trivium our schemes of learning bring established values and developing paradigms together; where knowledge and understanding sit alongside cultural capital, and where skills are interwoven with the content.

Our Vision

To both promote a curiosity about how the study of the past shapes the thinking, actions and values of young people in the present and the future. To support the development of students into confident historians.

Students will develop the ability to ask the right questions and use a range of evidence with confidence and produce beautiful work, crafted with pride. Learning will be supported by high quality teaching and modelling of historical literacy, alongside a developing understanding of a coherent, chronological narrative of Local, British and World History. Students will be provided with the knowledge and understanding to interpret the world in which they live in order to challenge or support the values of the future. In understanding their own identity, students will gain a respect for people of the past and be able to communicate their findings with clarity.

Our Purpose

A high-quality history education should enable all students to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire students’ curiosity to research the past and understand how it forms the future. Teaching should equip students to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps students to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

Themes

A high-quality history education should enable all students to gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire students’ curiosity to research the past and understand how it forms the future. Teaching should equip students to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps students to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.

Autumn Term 1 

What is History? Ancient Civilisations

Grammar

Students study the following: Key historical skills and the emergence of ancient civilisations, such as China and Egypt.

Dialectic

Students ascertain and prioritise cause and consequence and an appreciation of similarity and difference. They discover importance and appreciate significance. Source analysis develops their handling of bias, evidence and interpretation

Rhetoric

Students will be assessed by a combination of; low stakes testing, spoken contributions, and a variety of different written tasks. Students also have the opportunity to showcase their abilities with research work and more developed project activities.

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Ancient civilizations is a topic that helps students have a better understanding of the world. For example, when relating ancient civilizations to our own society and ourselves as individuals, it helps students understand the economic and political commonalities and differences among cultures, people, and the environment. Ancient civilizations provide insight into why and how many different civilizations started to develop.

History TV Channels
There are very popular and engaging History TV channels that are largely free, either on air or online.
These show an endless variety of History based programming, whether it is on specific historical events, characters or civilisations. The range is unexpected and will always engage. These don’t have to be just viewed to cover the content your child is learning at school – engaging in History of any topic builds the knowledge and transferable skills that can be linked and used whatever your child is studying at that time. Above all the unit will further your child’s understanding and appreciation of the past.

Autumn Term 2

The Normans

Grammar

Students study the following: Aethleflead’s contribution to England’s creation, the contenders for the English throne. The Norman Invasion in 1066 and why William won. William’s consolidation of power

Dialectic

Students ascertain and prioritise cause and consequence and an appreciation of similarity and difference. They discover importance and appreciate significance. Source analysis develops their handling of bias, evidence and interpretation

Rhetoric

Students will be assessed by a combination of; low stakes testing, spoken contributions, and a variety of different written tasks. Students also have the opportunity to showcase their abilities with research work and more developed project activities.

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The Norman conquest was an important change in English history. The conquest linked England more closely with Continental Europe, and made Scandinavian influence less important. It created one of the most powerful monarchies in Europe. The conquest changed the English language, culture, legal system and language, and set the stage for rivalry with France, which would continue until the 19th century.

Watch a movie
There are so many engaging films, that whilst not being documentaries are hugely historic and convey wonderfully the proper context and characters of the events being portrayed in the film. There are big ‘event’ blockbusters that cover well known moments in history (e.g. ‘Pearl Harbor’, ‘1917’ and ‘Dunkirk’) and there are films which embrace smaller key moments yet show a lot of great history (e.g. ‘The King’s Speech’ which follows the journey of King George VI to overcome his speech impediment to speak in public more successfully). The list of films available is endless!

Spring Term 1

How did the Crusades influence changes in England?

Grammar

Students study the following: Why castles were so important to William and how they developed. The impact of the Crusades and a closer look at interpretations of Richard I and Saladin.

Dialectic

Students ascertain and prioritise cause and consequence and an appreciation of similarity and difference. They discover importance and appreciate significance. Source analysis develops their handling of bias, evidence and interpretation

Rhetoric

Students will be assessed by a combination of; low stakes testing, spoken contributions, and a variety of different written tasks. Students also have the opportunity to showcase their abilities with research work and more developed project activities.

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Medieval castles were built to keep Kings and nobility safe from unwanted intruders. Castles are one of the most vivid symbols of our medieval heritage ‘tangible’ monuments that exert a powerful hold on the imagination of students and academics alike. Castles can therefore provide an excellent starting point for the study of medieval history. The Crusade heavily influenced the design of castles and an in depth analysis of the first and third crusade provide an insight into the power of the Church in England during the medieval period.

Visit a History Museum
Visit any history museum during a school holiday. As well as being a great family day out, have a conversation with your child about the history that you see while viewing the impressive exhibitions on show. There are many local museums – as well as the big national museums in London such as the History Museum, The Victoria and Albert Museum and many more. There are themed museums as well as general History museums. Many museums have been updated and allow a far more hand-on approach to exhibits. Modern technology also is used to create a far more engaging experience. Museums also have a strong website presence, so that you may be able to tour and research the exhibits online

Spring Term 2

How effectively did England deal with plague and revolution?

Grammar

Students study the following: The rule of King John and creation of his reputation. The causes and impact of the Black Death. The causes of the Peasants Revolt and consequences of its failure.

Dialectic

Students ascertain and prioritise cause and consequence and an appreciation of similarity and difference. They discover importance and appreciate significance. Source analysis develops their handling of bias, evidence and interpretation.

Rhetoric

Students will be assessed by a combination of; low stakes testing, spoken contributions, and a variety of different written tasks. Students also have the opportunity to showcase their abilities with research work and more developed project activities.

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The history of medieval England is an important part of the foundation of modern democracy, so knowing it will help us understand where governments, economies, institutions and culture originated and evolved from. This inquiry of the difficulties monarch’s faced enables students to get to grips with the contested nature of medieval kingship. These stories of government, power and democracy enable students to learn about important, often critical, stages in their development.

Watch bespoke History online Learning.
History is such a popular area of creative and shared leisure activity. There are well known programmes available such as the ‘Horrible Histories’ TV programmes (and a Film too!).

Many people have created their own online versions of short answers and factual documentaries about areas of history that are studied by school students. there are also TED talks and other talks and lectures available online. YouTube is the biggest library of these.

History is officially the most popular leisure activity, whether it is to uncover family ancestry, follow archaeology or to visit museums or read magazines and books dedicated to the past. BBC History magazine is eclectic and very accessible, and is one of the most popular monthly magazines published. There are History specialist magazines for juniors, and the biggest section in any bookshop is the History section. You can join or just watch Historical recreations (the annual recreations at Kentwell Hall at Long Melford are great fun). And membership of the National Trust is a very cheap way to enjoy many historical attractions all over the country.

Summer Term 1

What was life like in Tudor England?

Grammar

Students study the following: The War of the Roses and Henry VII. The reign of Henry VIII, his problems, changes to religion and his legacy. Exploration and diverse communities who lived in Tudor England. The Reigns of Mary I and Elizabeth I and the Spanish Armada.

Dialectic

Students ascertain and prioritise cause and consequence and an appreciation of similarity and difference. They discover importance and appreciate significance. Source analysis develops their handling of bias, evidence and interpretation.

Rhetoric

Students will be assessed by a combination of; low stakes testing, spoken contributions, and a variety of different written tasks. Students also have the opportunity to showcase their abilities with research work and more developed project activities.

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The Tudors ruled England from 1485 to 1603 for 118 years from 1485 to 1603 and during their reign encouraged new religious ideas, overseas exploration and colonisation. Tudor England had two of the strongest monarchs ever to sit on the English throne: Henry VIII and his daughter Elizabeth I. Between them the five Tudor kings and queens introduced huge changes that are still with us today. It was not a perfect dynasty and their reign was filled with cruelty, religious intolerance, and scandal. However, the Tudors helped end the Middle Ages and transformed England from a small, obscure island to one of Europe’s largest powers.

So Many Different Histories!
We are all living through history, every day. And an understanding and appreciation of what is happening now is a very good way to put our lives into historical context as well as helping with the language and vocabulary that students may find challenging at school.

There are many facets to history – apart from the well known classic areas of the past such as the Romans, The Tudors, The Victorians and The Nazis, there are other branches and types of History. Political History for example, that focuses on power, and those who seek it, use it and at times misuse it. There is Economic History that helps us to understand those drivers of change, that created empires, dynasties, fortunes and fools. There is Social History, that is about the ordinary people from the past who we can still touch through the legacies of what they did and how it shaped us today. There is Black History, Women’s History, Landscape History, Archaeology, Family History, Military History, Transport History, Sporting History, Scientific History and so many more – there is always something that can ignite a passion for history amongst students and their friends and families -and a moment spent investigating what you like and where you can find it locally is a good way to start. As Chairman Mao, founder of the People’s Republic of China said in 1949 ‘Even the World’s longest journey begins with the first small step’

Summer Term 2

What was the impact of the English Civil War?

Grammar

Students study the following: James the first and his obsession with witches. The witches of Colchester and the local area. Charles the first, the causes of the English Civil War, Colchester’s involvement in the Civil War and the execution of the king. Cromwell’s England and the Restoration.

Dialectic

Students ascertain and prioritise cause and consequence and an appreciation of similarity and difference. They discover importance and appreciate significance. Local source analysis develops an understanding of local history in a national context.

Rhetoric

Students will be assessed by a combination of; low stakes testing, spoken contributions, and a variety of different written tasks. Students also have the opportunity to showcase their abilities with research work and more developed project activities.

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Fought from 1642 to 1651, the English Civil Wars involved King Charles I battling Parliament for control of the English government. The war had ended the notion of the divine right of kings and laid the groundwork for the modern UK parliament and monarchy. The English Civil War had a great effect on the development of the military and the economy, improving the strength of the army. Colchester found itself at the centre of the English Civil War during the summer of 1648 when a Royalist army on its way through East Anglia to raise support for the king was attacked by a Parliamentary force led by Fairfax. The Royalist army took refuge within the walls of Colchester. The siege lasted for 11 weeks before the Royalists surrendered

Take a walk

Colchester is one of the most historic towns in the world! It is Britain’s oldest recorded town and one of the few places that has been the Capital of England. It has huge Celtic importance, with its dykes and ditches and earthworks still in evidence (go to Gosbecks!). The Roman Circus at Abbey Fields is one of the most important and significant finds in Northern Europe for Roman history and there is a magnificent museum at its edge run by the Colchester Archaeological Trust. There is evidence of two thousand years of History all over Colchester, with Roman and Medieval town walls, the harbour at the Hythe, wonderful medieval churches, chapels and the ruins of a Priory. Colchester played a notable part in the English Civil War, coming under siege.

The more modern industrial heritage can be seen in the great buildings on the High Street, and all around the town. And the old Garrison which is still preserved through buildings, walls and its parks remains to show us the 200 year history that Colchester has played in the military history of this country. And nearby there are still relics from modern Wars – deserted airfields and pill box gun emplacements, and memorials in every village to those from these parts who lost their lives.

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