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In History KS2 will focus on placing the historical events on the timeline, understanding what the history timeline is, being able to describe a historical event and name its causes, understand what a source is. The students will be studying the following units:
Ancient Greece (Classical period. 500BC to 330BC) – focusing on the Greek life, theatre, buildings, wars and beginnings of democracy and how Ancient Greece influenced the western world. The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain (c. AD42 to AD 410) – the Roman Empire by AD42 and the power of its army, successful invasion by Claudius and conquest, including Hadrian’s Wall, British resistance – Boudica. “Romanisation” of Britain: sites such as Caerwent and the impact of technology, culture and beliefs, including early Christianity.
Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots (c. 400-789) including Roman withdrawal from Britain in c. AD 410 and the fall of the Western Roman Empire, Scots invasions from Ireland to north Britain (now Scotland), Anglo-Saxon invasions, settlements and kingdoms: place names and village life, Anglo-Saxon art and culture. The Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for England (789-1066), Viking raids and invasion; resistance by Alfred the Great and Athelstan, first king of England, Anglo-Saxon laws and justice, Edward the Confessor and his death in 1066.
As a contrasting world civilisation, KS2 will be studying Baghdad and early Islamic civilisation (c.900AD)
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History for KS3 focuses on teaching the students how to recognise the main events in history and allocate them on the timeline, become confident in using historical terminology, understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, learn how to express ideas in a coherent manner and how to use the sources to support those ideas.
The students will be studying the following:
The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain (1066-1453), including The Norman Conquest (1066), Christendom, the importance of religion and the Crusades, Magna Carta and the emergence of Parliament (1215), The Black Death and its social and economic impact (1348-1350), Peasants Revolt, The Hundred Years War (1337-1453), War of Roses Early Modern History (1492-1524) The Reformation and the discovery of America; Christopher Columbus and the discovery of America (1492); The first colony in America and first contact with India (1498); Renaissance and Reformation in Europe; The English Reformation and Counter Reformation (Henry VIII to Mary I) ; The Elizabethan religious settlement and conflict with Catholics (including Scotland, Spain and Ireland).
The students will also examine society, economy and culture across the analysed periods: for example, work and leisure in town and country, religion and superstition in daily life, theatre, art, music and literature.