History

Year 7

Introduction:

Throughout Year 7, pupils at Hampton Gardens will develop the key skills essential to studying History. We investigate Historical enquires based on British History in order to develop the pupils’ understanding of the key concepts of chronology, cause, consequence, change, continuity and significance. These historical concepts are instilled through the exploration of significant periods of British History such as the impact of the Norman Conquest, the struggle for power between the Monarch, the Church and their people, the impact of the Plague, the causes and consequences of the Reformation and the changes introduced by Elizabeth I. The investigation of these topics and changes that they resulted in enables students to begin to examine the foundation of British culture and the cultural, ethnic and religious diversity that is apparent in Britain’s heritage and society. It also helps pupils to develop a greater understanding of the political and religious systems that we have in place today.

Our ethos:

In the Hampton Gardens History Department, we are keen to develop our students to be independent, critical thinkers so that they are able to analyse and understand the world around them. In order to facilitate this in Year 7 we develop pupils’ analytical skills with particular focus on the utility of sources based on their provenance and their content. We also develop analytical skills based on the validity and construction of Historian’s interpretations. As a department, we inspire our pupils’ love of learning and History through dynamic and engaging lessons. Every lesson is centred around a key enquiry question that the pupils spend the lesson exploring. Pupils mature their writing styles with particular focus on utilising historical vocabulary and broadening their terms of expression. There are opportunities for a collaborative approach to improving their written language through peer assessment and developing answers together. At the core of each lesson is development of enabling students to effectively use evidence and communicate about the past.

Course Content:

  • What is History?- (An introduction to the key skills for studying History)
  • How did William take control of the country? - (Castles, Battle of Hastings, Feudal system, crushing rebellions such as the Harrying of the North)
  • How did medieval Monarchs deal with challenges to their power?- (Henry II & Thomas Beckett, King John & Magna Carta, control of the church)
  • How did the Plague transform England? - This assessment will ask the students to decide what the consequences of the Plague were for England.
  • Why was there a Reformation in England?- (Henry VIII, divorce, the Break with Rome, Act of Supremacy, setting up of the Church of England, dissolution of the monasteries, Protestant vs Catholic)
  • How successfully did Elizabeth I deal with her problems?- (Religious change, Mary Tudor, plots, Mary Queen of Scots, why other countries posed a threat, the Spanish Armada)

Year 8

Introduction:

Throughout Year 8 pupils at Hampton Gardens continue to strengthen and develop the key skills essential to studying History. We investigate Historical enquires based on both British and World History in order to develop the pupils’ understanding of the key concepts of chronology, cause, consequence, change, continuity and significance. These historical concepts are enhanced through the exploration of significant periods of British and World History such as the impact of the English Civil War, regicide and the republic that followed, Slavery, World War One, the rise of the Nazi State and World War Two. The investigation of these topics and changes that they resulted in enables students to begin to examine the foundation of British culture and the cultural, ethnic and religious diversity that is apparent in Britain’s heritage and society. It also helps pupils to develop a greater understanding of the political and religious systems that we have in place today.

Our ethos:

In the Hampton Gardens History Department, we are keen to develop our students to be independent, critical thinkers so that they are able to analyse and understand the world around them. In order to facilitate this in Year 8 we develop pupils’ analytical skills with particular focus on the utility of sources based on their provenance and their content. We also develop analytical skills based on the validity and construction of Historian’s interpretations. As a department, we inspire our pupils’ love of learning and History through dynamic and engaging lessons. Every lesson is centred around a key enquiry question that the pupils spend the lesson exploring. Pupils mature their writing styles with particular focus on utilising historical vocabulary and broadening their terms of expression. There are opportunities for a collaborative approach to improving their written language through peer assessment and developing answers together. At the core of each lesson is development of enabling students to effectively use evidence and communicate about the past.

Course Content:

  • Why was there a Civil War in England?- (Religion, Divine Right of Kings, marriage, power, Parliament, war with Scotland, Star Chamber, Short and Long Parliament)
  • Why was there the rise of black Americans?- (Causes of slavery, the Middle Passage, plantation life, abolition of slavery, black Americans in the American Civil War, emancipation, KKK, Jim Crow Laws)
  • Why is the First World War significant?- (Geographical scale, casualties, trench life, weapons, international relations, home front, role of women)
  • Why did Germany become a Nazi State?- (Treaty of Versailles, Hyperinflation, Weimar Republic, Enabling Act, Hitler as a figure of hope, propaganda, Nazi state, fear, concentration camps, young people, women)
  • How did Word War Two shape the world?- (Dunkirk, the Blitz, Pearl Harbour, the Grand Alliance, D-Day, Russia/ USSR attacking Berlin, atomic bomb, the Peace conferences)

Please see the documents below which will help you to support your child.

Starters and Connectives

Steps