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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 History
Term 1Was the jewel in our crown the crack in theirs?   
In this unit, after studying African History prior to its colonisation, students will learn about the creation and abolition of slavery. There will be a focus on the key individuals involved in abolishing slavery, such as Olaudah Equiano. They will study the legacy of slavery today, including the 2020 toppling of the statue of Edward Colston. Students will also learn about the creation of the British Empire, and its global impact, both at the time and in the present day. They will study the Scramble for Africa, and more.
Assessment: Independent Learning Project: Within this project, students will be assessed on their ability to conduct independent research, their use of key words and their ability to explain the significance of slavery and its impact in the present day.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2How did the Industrial Revolution transform Britain?  
In this unit, students will investigate life before the Industrial Revolution, the catalyst for it, and its impact in several key areas: children; factories; coal mines; towns; medicine; and disease. Students will also study immigration to Britain during this period, and the links between the Industrial Revolution and the transatlantic slave trade. Overarching this unit will be the concept of change.
Assessment: Historical Skills Test: Knowledge and Source Analysis. This assessment requires students to recall knowledge and also employ source analysis skills. Students will be assessed on their ability to incorporate information from sources within their answers, whilst using their own knowledge to support this in an extended written piece. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3How did one sandwich trigger 20 million deaths?   
In this unit, students will be introduced to the 20th century and the structure within Europe at this time. They will then learn about the long-term causes of WW1, and how the assassination of Franz Ferdinand sparked the beginning of WW1.
Assessment: Cause and Consequence Essay In this assessment, students will produce a written essay which aims to answer the title of this unit. Students will employ key vocabulary, historical knowledge and the concept of cause of consequence. This provides students with the opportunity to develop both their extended writing and the important historical skill of making a judgement. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Why did white feathers bring men to tears?  
In this unit, students will study WW1. They will learn about trench life, shell shock, recruitment, weapons, battles, life back at home and a number of other aspects WW1's history. Their studies will include to role of Jamaican soldiers in WW1, and the life of Walter Tull. Students will also have the opportunity to look at and discuss how the war is commemorated today.
Assessment: WW1 Art Presentation In this assessment, students will be assessed on both their knowledge base of WW1 and their presentation skills.This assessment will provide students with the opportunity to analyse and interpret evidence and also examine change and continuity in the history of art. Using evidence and the concept of change and continuity are key in the development of historical understanding. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5Why did the Suffragettes try to burn down Kew Gardens?   
In this unit, students will learn about the development of the women’s suffrage movement between 1900 and 1918. Students will investigate the social and political standing of women at the start of the 20th century and consider the difference between suffragists and suffragettes. They will also do a local study and analyse the prison case files of two suffragettes involved in burning down a tea pavilion at Kew Gardens in 1913. Furthermore, they will study key individuals including the extraordinary Sophia Duleep Singh. Students will discover how the authorities regarded the women's actions, how the women were treated, how they responded to their imprisonment, and how the press reported movement.
Assessment: End of Year Exam This exam will assess the variety of historical knowledge acquired by students throughout Year 8 . Students will be assessed on their recall of historical information and also on a number of historical skills. These historical skills are a focus throughout the year and include analysing interpretations and cause and consequence. Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Did a mystic monk topple a 300 year reign?   
In this unit students will conduct a causation enquiry around the causes of the Russian Revolution. Students will study five key causes: France and enlightenment, poverty, Nicholas, Rasputin and war. Students will also be provided with an opportunity to develop a strong understanding of important vocabulary associated with this unit and also, the theme of revolution.
Assessment: Historical Skills Test: Interpretations and Source Analysis For their assessment, students will write a response to the statement that the mystic monk toppled the Romanov Dynasty. This requires pupils to establish and sustain an argument. This extended piece of writing will develop written skills and will include a focus on spelling, punctuation and grammar, to encourage and assist literacy skills. Key Words and Terms
 

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