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The History Department


History studies the past and the legacies of the past in the present. It connects things through time and encourages us to take a long view of such connections.

There are many different reasons to study History, as it is a fantastic combination of all the other school subjects.

  • History helps you discover how your world evolved.
  • History helps you develop the skills to look beyond the headlines, to ask questions properly, and to express your own opinions.
  • History trains your mind and teaches you how to think and process information.
  • History helps you make sense of most other subjects.
  • A lack of historical knowledge prevents people from truly understanding the world they live in.
  • History lets you learn how and why people behaved as they did.

Year 5 Course Summary

Ancient Egypt; ancient civilisation, structure, pharaohs, Tutankhamun, Gods/religion, food and entertainment.

Skills; Chronology, timelines, key terms.

The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China and Ancient Sumer.

Native American People; Identify the groups within this term, customs, religion and the decline of a unique group.

Skills/Sources; Analysis, bias, reliability and usefulness.

Staffordshire Hoard; theories to why it was buried.

Tudor Life (Local Visit/Uttoxeter).

Year 6 Course Summary

Skills; Sources, chronology, interpretation and reliability.

Islamic Empire; How successful was the Empire? Source analysis and Interpretation of crusades.

Exploration; the first explorers, finding the Americas and impact of European invasion .

Famous Explorers; independent research task.

Major Inventions of the British Empire; how inventions impact on our world today.

Kings and Queens (1066 onwards); Chronology.

Year 7 Course Summary

Neolithic Revolution; Significance of early man.

Skills; Source analysis.

China Qing Dynasty; independent research task.

Medieval Europe; Feudal system, Norman conquest, Castles, Thomas Becket; Magna Carta, Plague and the Peasants Revolt.

Monarchs and Power; Elizabeth I, how successful was Elizabeth I as a monarch?

Civil War; Religion, power, King, Parliament, Cause, consequence and impact on England.

Skills; Annotation and Questioning

Year 8 Course Summary

Crime and Punishment; Anglo Saxon, Medieval, Tudor/Stuart and Victorian, change over time.

Revolutions; French/Causation, Russian/Comparison.

Slavery; Definition of a citizen, abolition and slavery today.

Skills: Revisit and secure historical skills.

British Empire and India; Source Analysis.

Chronology and Timelines; Independent Task.