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History

History at Bredon Hill Academy is taught to all pupils in mixed ability groups. The History Department follows the National Curriculum for Key Stage 2 and 3. Children are given the opportunity to:

  • Undertake investigations and develop enquiry skills
  • Develop their ability to Interpret and evaluate evidence, and make links and connections between events and changes in the different periods and areas studied
  • Learn to construct narrative descriptions and explanations of historical events and developments.
  • Acquire a thorough understanding of historical methods through a stimulating and enjoyable approach to the subject.
  • Attain the skills required for High school and the ability to apply this knowledge to studying at a level appropriate to their abilities, together with a genuine enjoyment of history.

Year 6

Teacher assessment will take place throughout the course and regular assessment tasks will be set and marked using age related expectations. A teacher assessed grade for each pupil will be included on final reports to parents.

Topics studied are as follows:

What is History?  -   Focus on Key skills, Bias, Chronology, Independent research.

Life, achievement and legacy of the ancient Greeks – An overview of where and when the civilisation appeared and a depth study of society and the legacy.

How has town/city life changed over time?  (London used a case study) -  Comparisons are made on how people used to live in different time periods.

Year 7

Teacher assessment will take place throughout the course and regular assessment tasks will be set and marked using age related expectations. A teacher assessed grade for each pupil will be included on final reports to parents.

Topics studied are as follows:

What was the impact of the Norman Conquest on England? – A study of what happened in 1066 and how the Normans impacted on England after their conquest.

Who were the best and worst medieval monarchs? – An examination of what makes a good leader and examples of good and bad monarchs.

Was life hard for medieval peasants? – Use of primary sources to determine what life was like for ordinary people during the Middle Ages.

Who was the most significant Tudor monarch? – A focus on what makes an individual historically significant.  Independent research is undertaken on all Tudor monarchs.  Pupils to decide which one was the most significant by using historical significance criteria.

Year 8

Teacher assessment will take place throughout the course and regular assessment tasks will be set and marked using age related expectations. A teacher assessed grade for each pupil will be included on final reports to parents.

Topics studied are as follows:

Crime, protest and punishment through the ages – Comparison of how criminals were punished and how attitudes towards the poor and needy changed over time.  Links are made to year 6 work on how life for ordinary people differs in different time periods.

What was the impact of Europeans on the Native Americans? – Opportunity to study a non-European culture.

How progressive was the USA in the 1920s? – Continuing with American history, this topic helps to explain how the modern western world began.

 

History Club
History Club is open to everyone on a Friday lunchtime.  Topics studied will vary and will be different to those topics studied within the curriculum and in the classroom.

  • Opportunity to look at different time periods and cultures / countries not studied in the classroom.
  • Opportunity to discuss history with prospective parents at Open Evening – subject focus is the history behind Halloween customs, traditions and beliefs.
  • Opportunity to bring history to life through drama.  Anniversaries of significant events celebrated and shared with the whole school through a History Club assembly.