Subject Leader: Mr Mark Bartlett

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What are we studying?

Students follow the National Curriculum foundation strand at KS3. The key theme for Year 8 is ‘leadership and social rights’.

The topics are;

  • Why was Henry VIII such a famous monarch?
  • What was life in Tudor Britain really like for ordinary people?
  • Why was Charles I the first monarch to be executed?
  • Why has there been continual conflict in Ireland since Stuart times?
  • What is the story of Slavery in USA/Caribbean?
  • How much has life for black Americans improved since slavery?

How are we assessed?

Students are assessed formatively in class every lesson, through written and creative work, and through weekly consolidation and extension homework tasks.

Students also complete summative ‘Key Assessments’ for each topic. This assesses a specific historical-skill eg. extended writing, source-analysis. In some topics, students work on this week by week through the term, completing section by section. In other topics, they complete their assessment in the last lesson of that term.

How we provide for SEN and Most able students?

The department has a wide range of differentiated resources to provide opportunities for learning at every level of ability. We also provide differentiated assessment tasks so students can set their own targets and achieve all that they can. History is also taught in ability sets to support all students.

How are we grouped?

Students are placed in setted classes on entry to Year 8 in History, with two parallel top-sets, based on primary school/KS2 data and Year 7 assessment performance. Students are then able to move between groups during the year, depending on their assessment progress.

What homework are we expected to do?

There will be one homework task set per week, which should take 30 minutes to complete. As above, this will either be a part of the Key Assessment task or a discrete, weekly homework task consolidating or extending the learning from that week’s lessons. In addition, students should also complete additional outside research to supplement their class-based learning.

What can parents do to help?

Ask your child to explain the meaning of the historical vocabulary and concepts that are new to each unit.

Encourage your child to discuss what they have learnt each week as they are looking through their books.

Look out for historical articles in newspapers and watch TV documentaries to develop your child’s understanding and awareness of historical issues and events.


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