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Chester Local History Project – Yr 7 (Chronology)

  • What was Chester like in Roman times?
  • In what ways did Chester change in Norman times?
  • How significant was Chester in Stuart times?
  • In what ways was the contribution of Chester during WWII important?
  • Conclusions on change over time (presentation)
  • Assessment - Baseline test (skills/concepts)
  • Homework – Poster / timeline

The Norman Conquest 1066 – Yr 7 (Causation)

  • Why did William want to invade England?
  • Should the throne have gone to any other contender?
  • What were the most important events of the battle?
  • Why did William win The Battle of Hastings?
  • Assessment - Extended writing activity – 1066 Christmas card
  • Homework – SAM learning and BBC Bitesize

How did the Normans consolidate their power – A: Castles – Yr 7 (Change & Continuity)

  • How did castles change over time?
  • Why did castles need to change?
  • Assessment – Extended writing activity – ‘Grand Designs’ picture gallery and annotation
  • Homework – SAM learning and build a model castle

How did the Normans consolidate their power – B: Economy & War – Yr 7

  • What was William’s biggest problem?
  • Was the Feudal System good for England?
  • Why was the Domesday Book so big?
  • Do Knights deserve their reputation?
  • Why did the Crusades really take place?
  • Assessment – Unseen sources
  • Homework – SAM learning and Memrise keywords

What were the Middle Ages like? – Yr 7 (Source Skills)

  • How did you get to Heaven in the Middle Ages?
  • What would your neighbours be like in a Medieval village?
  • Were punishments better in the Middle Ages?
  • What was the scariest symptom of the Black Death?
  • Were Medieval people stupid to believe earthquakes caused the plague?
  • Which was the most dangerous plague cure?
  • Can it be argued there was a good side to The Black Death?
  • Were the Peasants really ‘revolting’?
  • Assessment – Source activity
  • Homework – SAM learning and BBC Bitesize

The Tudors – Yr 7 (Causation)

  • Why did Henry VIII need so many wives?
  • Why did Henry VIII “Break with Rome?”
  • Interpretations: Henry VIII: Was he a great King?
  • In what ways did Edward VI change the church in England?
  • Does Mary I deserve the title ‘Bloody Queen’?
  • Who deserves the credit for the defeat of the Spanish Armada?
  • Interpretations: Elizabeth I: Was she a great Queen?
  • Assessment – Extended writing activity and balloon debate (who was the best monarch) / ‘Top Trumps’
  • Homework – SAM learning and debate speech preparation

India in the time of the Mughals – Yr 7 (Change & Continuity)

  • Who was the best Emperor?
  • How did India change over time?
  • How different were the Mughals to the Tudors?
  • Assessment – Mughals Knowledge Test
  • Homework – Taj Mahal fact file

The Stuarts – Yr 8 (Interpretations)

  • Was Guido Fawkes England’s first terrorist (introduction to James I)
  • What was the deciding factor that led England into Civil War (Religion or politics / personality)
  • Timeline: Civil War events
  • Interpretations: Cromwell: Is the movie ‘Cromwell’ a fair depiction of the man?
  • Assessment - Extended writing activity – Cromwell Obituary
  • Homework - SAM learning and Memrise keywords

Industrial Revolution – Yr 8 (Significance)

  • What caused the ‘population explosion’?
  • In what ways did the factory system change Britain?
  • Could you work in a 19th century factory?
  • Are you tough enough for Victorian schooling?
  • Was did new forms of transport fo for Britain?
  • Could you afford to be sick in the 19th Century?
  • Assessment - Extended writing activity – Museum curation/justification
  • Homework – SAM learning

The International Slave Trade – Yr 8 (Significance)

  • In what ways did Africa suffer from the Slave Trade?
  • Which sources are most useful to Historians studying the Middle Passage?
  • How reliable is our knowledge of plantation life?
  • Why do historians disagree about William Wilberforce’s impact on the abolition of slavery?
  • Assessment – Extended writing activity – Abolitionist speech / drama performance
  • Homework – SAM learning and rehearsal

World War I – Yr 8 (Interpretations)

  • Timeline: Major events
  • Was anyone really to blame for starting WWI?
  • Did a sandwich really change the course of history?
  • Were the Pal’s Battalions a sensible recruitment policy? (War Game)
  • Why did Oliver Hopkins end up in Belgium? (War Game)
  • Was the white feather a fair response to Conscientious Objectors? (War Game)
  • How can we be sure what a real trench looked like? (War Game)
  • Were the ‘lions’ really ‘led by donkeys’?
  • What contribution did the ‘canaries’ make to WWI?
  • How should we remember WWI?
  • Assessment – Extended writing activity – A letter from the trench
  • Homework – SAM learning and CWGC research / build a trench

World War II and Beyond – Yr 8 (Chronology)

  • Timeline: Major events (inc causes)
  • How did the little ships save Britain?
  • Was the Bombing of Dresden justified?
  • What was the importance of the Battle of Britain?
  • How new was Hitler’s anti-Semitism?
  • What was it like to be Jewish in Europe before the war?
  • How do we define the Holocaust?
  • In what ways did people resist the Nazis?
  • Who should be blamed for the Holocaust?
  • What improvements did WWII bring to Britain?
  • Why is it called a Cold War not a Hot war?
  • Assessment – Extended writing activity – reflections on KS3 (change and continuity / interpretation of main themes)
  • Homework – SAM learning and Memrise keywords
Germany in transition

Section 1: Germany in transition, c. 1919–1947 (25%)

  • The rise of the Nazi Party and its consolidation of power, c.1919–1934
  • How did developments in Germany from 1919–1929 affect the rise of the Nazis?
  • How and why did Hitler get appointed Chancellor in January 1933?
  • How did the Nazis consolidate their power during 1933–1934?
  • Changing life for the German people, 1933–1939
  • How did the Nazi economic and social policy affect life in Germany?
  • How did Nazi political policy affect life in Germany?
  • How did Nazi racial and religious policy affect life in Germany?
  • War and its impact on life in Germany, 1939–1947
  • How was life affected during the war years?
  • How much opposition was there to the Nazis within Germany during the war years?
  • How difficult were conditions in Germany following total defeat in the war?
Russia in transition

Section 2: Russia in transition, 1905–1924 (25%)

  • The causes and impact of the revolutions of 1917
  • What were the causes of the revolutions of 1917?
  • What were the main developments during the Bolshevik seizure of power?
  • What were the consequences of the revolutions of 1917?
  • The causes and impact of the Civil War, 1918 –1921
  • What were the main developments during the Civil War?
  • Why were the Reds able to win the Civil War?
  • The development of the Communist state, 1921 –1924
  • Why did Lenin introduce the New Economic Policy and how successful was it?
  • Did Lenin succeed in establishing a Communist state in Russia?
  • What was Lenin’s legacy to Russia?
The development of the USA

Section 3: The development of the USA, 1930–2000 (25%)

  • Changing life in the USA, 1930–2000
  • What were the main influences on American life between 1930 and 1945?
  • What were the main political and economic developments in the USA after 1945?
  • What were the main social developments in the USA from 1945 to 2000?
  • Changing attitudes to the race issue in the USA, 1930–2000
  • Why was there so much racial inequality in the USA between 1930 and 1945?
  • How much progress has been made by black Americans since the 1960s?
Unit 4

Unit 4

Historical enquiry, including an investigation into an issue of historical debate or controversy (25%)