History - Year 7

In Year 7, students have three lessons a fortnight. Students are taught in form groups.

Students will mostly be completing work on Medieval history, studying different topics each term with assessment tasks linked to them.

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
Skeleton Mystery 
This topic will introduce students to the basic historical skills that will be used and built upon throughout their time at the County High School, Leftwich.

The students will start by investigating the Skeleton Mystery and will follow up by describing various related sources and explaining their ideas about what happened to the skeletons.

Students will also explore different historical concepts such as chronology, interpretations, historical sources, change and continuity and cause and consequence.  
Each topic will be formally assessed on at least 1 of the student tracking (ST) exams throughout the academic year.

Students will complete a written essay about the 'mysterious skeletons' using evidence from clues.

Students will become accustomed to the 'PEEL' structure of writing, which will be used throughout their time study History at the County High School, Leftwich.

Unit 1 anchored assessment activity: Write your own hypothesis about what happened to the mysterious skeletons (introduction to PEEL writing style).  
Changing Royal Power, 1066-1087  
This unit will focus on an investigation of key aspects of the succession crisis in 1066 and the Norman Conquest.

It is a thematic study that will introduce students to studying a single theme throughout history rather than focussing on a single historical period. This unit focusses on how the power of monarchs developed over a long period of time and will feature:

What makes a good medieval king?
Was Edward the Confessor a good medieval king?
Who were the contenders to the throne?
The Battles of Stamford Bridge and Hastings.
Domesday Book.
Feudal System.
Motte and Bailey Castles.
English resistance.
The Conqueror's obituary how much royal power did King William have?  
ST1 formal assessment (45 minutes). Questions from 'Changing Royal Power, 1066-1087' unit.

The exam is structured using GCSE style command language and will have an exam style mark scheme.

The questions will allow the students to practise GCSE style questions with a focus on the skills of description, explanation, comparison and evaluation.

Students will complete a knowledge test (KT1) based on their learning up to this point.  
Changing Royal Power, 1154-1216 
This unit will focus on and expand the 'changing royal power' theme bringing in factors such as religion and economics.

Role of the medieval church.
Murder of Thomas Becket.
How much power did Henry II have?
Crusading movement.
King John the tyrant?
Magna Carta.
How much power did John have?

As a result of studying this topic students will be expanding their skills of comparison. They will also be able to build on their religious knowledge and literacy.  
Knowledge test (KT) focussed on units 1 and 2 'Skeleton Mystery' and 'Changing Royal Power, 1066-1087'.  
Changing Royal Power, 1327-1399 
This unit will focus on and expand the 'changing royal power' theme focusing on the fourth factor: individuals.

Edward III and the Hundred Years War.
Arrival of the Black Death.
Impact of the Black Death on medieval society.
How much power did Edward III have?
Richard II and the Peasants' Revolt, 1381.
Richard II and the 'Lords Appellant'.
How much power did Richard II have?

This unit will tie up and review the thematic study of 'changing royal power' for Year 7. Students will analyse which factors (money, religion, individuals and wars and rebellions) contributed to changing royal power and which factors contributed most.  
Knowledge test (KT) focussed on all units studied thus far.

Anchored assessment activity: Black Death source question linked to GCSE-style questions.

This unit's content has direct links to GCSE content particularly the Black Death and its impact on society.

ST2 formal assessment (45 minutes). Questions from 'Changing Royal Power, 1066-1399' units.

The exam is structured using GCSE style command language and will have an exam style mark scheme.

The questions will allow the students to practise GCSE style questions with a focus on the skills of description, explanation, comparison and evaluation.  
Medieval Life, Health and Medicine 
This unit will tie in with the GCSE unit 'Britain: Health and the people: c1000 to the present day'.

This unit will focus on the history of 'ordinary' people rather than kings and governments, including overlapping GCSE knowledge and themes. To focus on:

Life in medieval towns and villages.
Medieval medicine (including an introduction to Hippocratic and Galenic medicine).
Medieval crime and punishment.
People's beliefs in the medieval period.
How did the Renaissance change Europe?  
Elements of this unit has direct links to GCSE content particularly Hippocratic/Galenic medicine, medieval beliefs, and Renaissance.

Students will complete a knowledge test (KT3) based on their learning up to this point.  

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