The study of History in Year 7 comprises five units:
The Crisis of 1066 – students learn about the crises of the year 1066 through the use of evidence. This unit introduces and develops historical skills.
Problems of a Medieval King – students investigate the problems facing Medieval Kings, including important turning-points such as the Feudal System, the Domesday Book, Motte and Bailey Castles and Stone Keeps.
Medieval Life and Times – students empathise with life during the Middle Ages, involving sports, the theatre, villages, the Church and religious life, the Black Death, field systems, the Peasants Revolt and Murder of Becket.
The Crusades and War of the Roses – students learn about the events, causes and development of the Crusades and the Wars of the Roses. This a depth study.
The Renaissance – students experience the arts of the Renaissance in Europe, including much work with evidence.
During Year 8 students study the following units:
The Making of the United Kingdom (1500-1750) In this unit, students study the various divisions that existed in Britain at this time. These include the religious divisions (Henry VIII and the break with Rome); political divisions (the English Civil War), how the country was divided and eventually united; and the differences that existed between social groups. – The Great Plague and Fire of London, Scientific Revolution, the Glorious Revolution.
The Native Peoples of North America – After a brief study of North America as a whole, students learn about the Plains Indians; the way they lived and how their life changed over time; the way they have been viewed by various people and the conflict for the Plains.
Islamic Civilisations 570 AD – 1200 AD – In this unit students study the origins of the Islamic Empire and its influence on history. This involves a study of Islamic life and the Crusades, the importance of Baghdad, growth of Islamic cultural influences and the life of Mohammed.
During Year 9 students study the following units:
Britain 1750 to 1900 – In this unit students look at the growth of Trade, Empire and the issue of slavery; the growth of Industry, transport and Towns, and efforts to improve conditions in Towns and Factories; protest groups such as the Chartists.
The Twentieth Century World – In this unit students will look at the First World War and its consequences; the causes of the Second World War and the impact of the war on the lives of ordinary people; the Holocaust and the Atomic bomb; students will examine what happened after the war and the growth of Superpower rivalry. This unit will finish with an in-depth study of the Vietnam War.