History - Year 8

In Year 8, students have three lessons a fortnight. Students are taught in mixed ability groups and will complete different topics each half term, with assessment tasks linked to them.

Topic  Overview  Assessment 
Changing Royal Power during the Tudor Dynasty 
Students will review their Y7 thematic study ('changing royal power') the monarchs, factors and themes in preparation to continue the theme into Y8.

Students will further their study of the 'changing royal power' theme into the Tudor period. Key focusses will be on the religion and individuals factors.

Martin Luther and the Reformation.
The Reign of King Henry VIII.
The English Reformation.
Closure of the Monasteries.
How powerful was King Henry VIII?
The Reign of Mary Tudor.
Does Mary deserve to be called 'Bloody Mary'?
How powerful was Queen Mary?  
Each topic will be formally assessed on at least 1 of the student tracking (ST) exams throughout the academic year.

Unit 2 is a continuation of the thematic study (changing royal power) from Y7. This is designed to help prepare students in advance of the GCSE thematic unit using similar skills, concepts and assessment objectives.

Elements of this unit content has direct links to GCSE content particularly the Reformation and background to Elizabeth's reign.

Anchored assessment activity: Closure of the Monasteries Interpretations GCSE style questions.  
Gloriana, the Reign of Elizabeth I 
Students will investigate the reign of Elizabeth I in advanced preparation for the GCSE topic 'Elizabethan England, 1568-1603'. It will also continue to tie into the theme 'changing royal power'.

Elizabeth as a female ruler in the 16th century.
Marriage and succession.
The cult of Gloriana (propaganda and portraits).
The problem of Catholicism.
Life in Elizabethan times: fashion, explorers, gentry and poverty.
Conflict with Catholic Spain.
How powerful was Queen Elizabeth?  
ST1 formal assessment (45 minutes).
Questions from 'Changing Royal Power during the Tudor Dynasty' and 'Gloriana, the Reign of Elizabeth I' 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.

Students will complete a knowledge test (KT1) based on their learning up to this point.  
The English Civil War 
The 'changing royal power' theme will conclude with the English Civil Wars and the execution of Charles I. All four factors will play a major part.

Causes of the English Civil War.
Key battles of the Civil War.
Trial and execution of Charles I.
Oliver Cromwell's Commonwealth.
How powerful was King Charles I?  
Knowledge test (KT2) focussed on units: 'Changing Royal Power during the Tudor Dynasty' and 'Gloriana, the Reign of Elizabeth I'.  
Changing Royal Power Review (Y7/Y8) 
Students will review and tie up the 'changing royal power' theme which began in Year 7. There will be scope to briefly bring the theme to the present day and link to the power of modern day constitutional monarchs.  
This unit is the conclusion of the thematic study (changing royal power) from Y7 and Y8. This is designed to help prepare students in advance of the GCSE thematic unit using similar skills, concepts and assessment objectives.

Anchored assessment activity: Was religion the main reason why royal power changed between the years 1066 and 1649?  
The Changing Lives of African Americans 
Students will begin this engaging depth study with slavery, working through emancipation and the experiences of African Americans through the 20th century, up til the present day with the shocking case studies of Kalief Browder and Trayvon Martin. This unit will develop students' empathetic skills and emotional intelligence.

The state of pre-colonial Africa.
Causes of slavery.
The triangular slave trade.
The middle passage.
Slave auctions.
Life on plantations.
The Abolitionist Movement.
The American Civil War and Emancipation Proclamation.
Did life for African Americans improve after emancipation?
Jim Crow Laws
Ku Klux Klan
Emmett Till and the birth of the Civil Rights Movement
Montgomery Bus Boycott
Martin Luther King vs Malcolm X.
Election of Barack Obama, 2008.
Have African Americans achieved equality in 2018/9? A case study of Kalief Browder and Trayvon Martin.  
ST2 formal assessment (45 minutes). Questions from all units studied in Year 8.

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 (KT3) based on their learning up to this point.  

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