History

History

Sawston’s history department believes passionately in passing on to pupils the essential body of knowledge of their country and the wider world to make them informed citizens.  The aim is to develop in pupils a lifelong love of history so they will be equipped to lead successful and enriched lives.  The historical knowledge that brings them into the conversation of the majority culture will ensure they become part of the national discourse and prepare them to make informed political, social and culture contributions to our world.

Our curriculum, chronologically taught, is designed to help pupils build the disciplinary understanding of how history works.  For instance, pupils are expected to consider the causes of important historical events, analyse changes over periods of time, draw substantiated conclusions from historical evidence, and study conflicting interpretations of the past.

We aim to pass on to Sawston’s pupils as much of “the best that has been thought and said” as we can.  This means our KS3 curriculum provides pupils with an extensive, chronological narrative of British history. This KS3 curriculum aims to build a foundation of knowledge essential for greater specialisation within our OCR Schools History Project GCSE.  Likewise, from Year 7 pupils will begin to learn the processes and skills of an historian vital for success at GCSE.

 

 

YEAR 7

Autumn Term

  • Early human civilisations, c.10,000 BC, leading to the study of the three civilisations of Mesopotamia, Egypt, and Greece.  This will look at writing, religion, trade, geography, buildings, and early literature.
  • A depth study of ancient Rome, from Kingdom to Republic and Empire.
  • Roman Britain (including early battles with Caratacus and Boudicca, road building, Christianity, buildings)

 

Spring Term

  • Pre-Norman Britain including invasions by Saxons and Vikings
  • Norman Conquest and Control, including the Battle of Hastings, the feudal system, Domesday Book, and castles.
  • Medieval Kingship

 

Summer Term

  • Henry II and Becket
  • MedievalVillage and Town Life (town charter guilds, town councils,)
  • Richard I, King John and Magna Carta
  • The Black Death
  • The Peasants’ Revolt
  • A depth study of the European Renaissance (art, architecture, literature)

 

 

 

YEAR 8

Autumn Term

  • The Wars of the Roses, Battle of Bosworth and Henry VII (Tudor)
  • The European Reformation including Martin Luther
  •  Henry VIII
  •  Edward VI
  •  Mary Tudor
  •  Elizabeth Tudor

(The Tudors will include a depth study of the changing nature of society during the English Reformation in the village of Morebath, Devon based on Prof. Eamon Duffy’s Voices of Morebath.)

 

Spring Term

  • James VI of Scotland & I of England (including the Gunpowder Plot)
  • Charles I and the Civil War
  • Cromwell and the English Republic
  • The Restoration of Charles II, including an overview up to the Glorious Revolution of 1688

 

Summer Term

  • Pre-industrial Britain and agricultural changes
  • Industrial Revolution including the factories, Chartism and 19th Century electoral reform
  • A depth study of the French Revolution, from the ancient regime of Louis XVI to the defeat of Napoleon at Waterloo

 

 

 

YEAR 9

Autumn Term

  • The British Empire (origins under Elizabeth I,  growth and expansion, trade and the nature of imperial rule in different colonies)
  • The Legacy of Empire including the Commonwealth
  • A depth study of the movement for Indian Independence, from the East India Company and the Raj, the Indian Mutiny to Partition in 1948.
  • The Transatlantic Slave Trade

 

Spring Term

  • A depth study of Plantation Life, including different roles, slave culture and resistance
  • The Abolition of Slavery in the British Empire (Wilberforce, Clarkson, Equiano, Sharpe)
  • Life after Emancipation in USA (Civil War to Booker T Washington and WEB Du Bois)
  • Civil Rights in USA  (from Marcus Garvey and Rosa Parks to Martin Luther King and Malcolm X)

 

Summer Term

  • The First World War (Western Front and local study of Sawston)
  • The causes of the Second World War
  • Key battles and turning points of WW2 (including Dunkirk, Battle of Britain, El Alamein, Stalingrad, Midway, D-Day, Berlin)
  • The Holocaust

 

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