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.

The Renaissance, Martin Luther and the Reformation.
England in the 1500s.
The Reign of King Henry VIII and the English Reformation.
Closure of the Monasteries.
How powerful was King Henry VIII?
The religious changes of Edward VI.
The Reign of Mary Tudor: does she deserve to be called 'Bloody 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.

Anchored assessment activity: Interpretations of Bloody Mary.  
How far was Elizabethan England a 'golden age?' 
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 I and her religious settlement.
Marriage and succession.
Wealth and poverty.
Elizabethan adventurers.
Theatre and culture.
Spanish Armada.
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 questions will allow the students to practise 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.

King Charles I and the causes of the English Civil War.
Key events of the Civil War.
Trial and execution of Charles I.
How powerful was King Charles I?
Significance of the English Civil War.  
Knowledge test (KT2) focussed on units: 'Changing Royal Power during the Tudor Dynasty' and 'Gloriana, the Reign of Elizabeth I'.

Anchored assessment activity: explain the significance of the English Civil War.  
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 studying thematic units at KS4 using similar skills, concepts and assessment objectives.  
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.

Introduction to and the background of slavery: pre-colonial Africa.
Why did slavery happen?
The triangular slave trade.
The middle passage.
The Zong Massacre.
Life on plantations.
The Abolitionist Movement.
The American Civil War, Emancipation Proclamation and the 13th Amendment.
Factors involved in the abolition of slavery.
Jim Crow Laws.
Ku Klux Klan.
A new dawn for African Americans?
The murder of Emmett Till.
The Civil Rights Movement.
The election of Barack Obama, 2008.
What do the lives of Kalief Browder and Trayvon Martin tell us about racism in the USA today?
Unite the Right Rally in Charlottesville, 2017.  
ST2 formal assessment (45 minutes). Questions from all units studied in Year 8.

The questions will allow the students to practise the skills of description, explanation, comparison and evaluation.

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

Anchored assessment activity: Compare the lives of African Americans in the 1960s with the lives of African Americans in the 1860s. In what ways were they similar?  

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