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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 7 History
Term 1An Introduction to History
In this unit, students are introduced to the key skills they will be expected to develop over the course of KS3. They will focus on chronology, bias and the use of historical sources. There is the opportunity for a curriculum tree to focus on a case study of their choice in which to apply their skills.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2How did medieval monarchs keep control of England?
Students will consider the story of William, Duke of Normandy. They will learn about how he became King of England in 1066 and what methods he used to secure the throne for himself and his successors.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3What was life like during the medieval period in England?
Students will study various aspects of medieval life. These will include village and town life, law and order, food and the bubonic plague of 1349. Students will then look at the Peasants' Revolt of 1381 and the role of women within medieval society.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Religious Belief in England 1066-1603
Students will study the importance of the Church in the lives of medieval people, the role of the priest, monasteries and pilgrimages. They will examine the treatment of non-Christians within England and what complaints people had about the medieval church.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Who was the best and worst king, 1087-1307?
Students will use their social and religious knowledge of life in the Middle Ages from previous units and use it to consider what made a good king during this period of history. Students will have the chance to investigate the powerful rulers of England in the Middle Ages; who was the best and who was the worst king 1087-1307.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Past and Present Case Study: Islam and the Crusades
An end of year project; students will look at the events of the Crusades whilst considering the origins of Islam, the cultural diversity of the Islamic world and associated technological advances and the causes and consequences of the Crusades. Students will be encouraged to draw comparisons with the world today.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
 

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