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Key Stage 3

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What will we do in Year 7?

We study British, European and World History from the Anglo Saxons to the Industrial Revolution

What will we learn?

Students start History at Collingwood with a local study of the history of the College.  Students learn about the Neolithic Revolution and then study from 1000 AD up to the period of the Enlightenment.  Historical issues include looking at power and government - absolute kingship, what qualities made a 'good' king during the Middle Ages, the power struggle between Church and State, and the beginnings of a government representing the people. 

We look at feudal society and the Black Death - disease and medicine, justice, monasteries and pilgrimages.  We then move to the ideas of the Renaissance and Reformation.  The development of the printing press and the spread of the English Language.  The ideas of the French and American Revolutions are also studied.  In this way students develop skills such as enquiry, research, evaluation, debate and balanced judgment, as well as discursive and analytical writing.

What will we use?

The course is supported by text books and varied IT resources.  In conjunction with this, there are lots of teacher produced resources such as PowerPoints, worksheets and role plays.  We use a lot of historical resources, but often our main resource is the students - as we do lots of group work.  We also want to emphasise the importance of extended writing and reading in our subject.

What will we do in Year 8?

As we move on through time, we look to the Industrial Revolution and the British Empire.  We then move into the 20th Century and discover Britain's place in the world since 1945.


What will we learn?

At one time, Britain had the largest Empire in the world.  We will consider how and why this developed and other reasons for travel and exploration.  There will also be a focused study on the Atlantic slave trade, the experience of it and arguments surrounding abolition.

The two World Wars had significant impact on politics and international relations within Europe, as well as the experience for soldiers and civilians.  We will focus in particular on the Holocaust in Germany and the use of the first Atomic Bomb on Hiroshima. We will then consider the changing political relations after the Second World War and how these led to the Cold War.
Finally we visit Genghis Khan

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