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
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
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
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.