Year 5 Pupils complete an introductory unit of work titled ‘What is history?’ which focuses on establishing many of the key skills and concepts required to study history as an academic subject. Pupils explore Leisure and Entertainment throughout the 20th century, focusing on how it has changed and developed. They will investigate a range of sources and use their history skills to explain how the developments in 20th century technology have made life in this century easier. Pupils explore many aspects of life in Ancient Egypt, including: the impact of the River Nile on the way of life in Egypt; the lives of key pharaohs; and beliefs about life after death. Pupils investigate changing attitudes towards crime and punishment in Britain from the Romans to early modern era. Year 6 Pupils explore many aspects of early Islamic civilization, including: the reasons for the rapid spread of Islam; life in the capital city, Baghdad; contributions to mathematical and scientific thinking; and the impact of the Crusades on the Islamic world. Pupils investigate changing attitudes towards the lives of children in Britain by studying pivotal laws, events and figures of the Victorian era. Year 7 Pupils explore many aspects of life in Medieval Britain, including: the Norman Conquest; the struggle between Church and crown; Magna Carta and the emergence of Parliament; the Black Death; and the Peasants’ Revolt. Pupils investigate the Reformation in Europe; the English Reformation and Counter Reformation; and the Elizabethan religious settlement. Year 8 Pupils investigate the causes, events and consequences of the English Civil War. Pupils consider how and why alternative interpretations of key figures, such as Oliver Cromwell, exist. The shifting balance of power from monarch to Parliament is examined. Pupils complete a comparative study of the French Revolutionary wars.
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