History Curriculum

Year 7

Key history skills through:

  • Pirates topic
  • Battle of Hastings
  • Castle
  • Life and death in Medieval England
  • Votes for women

Year 8

Key history skills through:

  • Titanic topic
  • WWI
  • WWII

Key Stage 4

This is an introduction to what was life at the death of Edward Confessor, it focuses on the invasion and battles which led to Williams Conquest.

Key Content:

  • Causes of Norman Conquest, including the death of Edward the Confessor, the claimants and claims.
  • Military aspects: Battle of Stamford Bridge; Battle of Hastings; Anglo-Saxon and Norman tactics; military innovations, including cavalry and castles.
  • Establishing and maintaining control: the Harrying of the North; revolts, 1067–1075; King William’s leadership and government; William II and his inheritance
  • Feudalism and government: roles, rights, and responsibilities; landholding and lordship; land distribution; patronage; Anglo-Saxon and Norman government systems; the Anglo-Saxon and Norman aristocracies and societies; military service; justice and the legal system such as ordeals, ‘murdrum’; inheritance; the Domesday Book.
  • Economic and social changes and their consequences: Anglo-Saxon and Norman life, including towns, villages, it's buildings, work, food, roles and seasonal life; Forest law.

Weimar Germany and the growth of Democracy

  • Kaiser Wilhelm and the difficulties of ruling Germany: the growth of parliamentary government; the influence of Prussian militarism; industrialisation; social reform and the growth of socialism; the domestic importance of the Navy Laws.
  • Impact of the First World War: war weariness, economic problems; defeat; the end of the monarchy; post-war problems includingreparations, the occupation of the Ruhr and hyperinflation.
  • Weimar democracy: political change and unrest, 1919–1923, includingSpartacists, Kapp Putsch and the Munich Putsch; the extent of recovery during the Stresemann era
  • The impact of the Depression: growth in support for the Nazis and other extremist parties (1928–1932), including the role of the SA; Hitler’s appeal.
  • The failure of Weimar democracy: election results; the role of Papen and Hindenburg and Hitler’s appointment as Chancellor.
  • The establishment of Hitler’s dictatorship: the Reichstag Fire; the Enabling Act; elimination of political opposition; trade unions; Rohm and the Night of the Long Knives; Hitler becomes Führer.

In Conclusion

A History qualification is widely recognised by employers and universities both for the depth of knowledge it demands and the skills it develops. It gives students the ability to research independently, make judgements about sources of evidence, to argue a point of view, to understand different connections and patterns, to write an extended answer... and many more.

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