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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 History
Term 1The Making of the UK; The Tudors and the Stuarts   
Students will study the problems facing Henry VII and Henry VIII during their reigns and look at how they dealt with them (focussing on the reformation). Students will also examine England during the reign of Elizabeth I focussing on Elizabethan society, the problem with her suitors, the danger of the Armada and the threat posed by Mary, Queen of Scots.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
Term 2The Making of the UK; The Tudors and the Stuarts continued   
During the second half of the term, students will look at the establishment of Stuart rule and the subsequent Gunpowder Plot. Throughout the topic students will be able to look at the social aspect of Tudor and Stuart life; from what life was like, what changed and what stayed the same, the Great Plague of 1665, scientific advances and witchcraft.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
Term 3Witchcraft   
The English Civil Wars – the origins, the causes (political, religious and economic), the battles and the weaponry, and the experiences of war. Students will also examine what life was like after the Civil War without a king and the subsequent changes with a Commonwealth under Oliver Cromwell.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
Term 4The Slave Trade   
Students will learn about the mechanisms of the slave trade from capture, through the middle passage to auction and life on a plantation. Students will examine a range of sources in order to gain a deeper understanding of the impact of the slave trade. Students will also examine the links to the slave trade in Bristol and how it has shaped the city.
Assessment: This aspect will be examined in the term 4 assessment.Key Words and Terms
Term 5Civil rights in America   
Students will study the culture of African Society, the events of the Slave Trade together with the conditions of Slavery and its eventual abolition in the 19th century. Excellent opportunity for local history links (Bristol). Students will be able to study the civil rights movement, the Jim Crow laws, segregation and the progress that has led to the first Black American president of the USA.
Assessment: Key Words and Terms
Term 6The Victorians and the Industrial Revolution   
Students will look at the changes in the countryside and the Agricultural Revolution, the changes in manufacturing and the Industrial Revolution. Students will also examine the growth of towns and cities (urbanisation), the impact of living conditions and Public Health and protest (including the fight for universal suffrage).
Assessment: Key Words and Terms