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History - Year 7

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Below you will find more specific information about the curriculum in History for Year 7 students, explaining to you what students will learn, when, why and how. There is also information about how parents/carers are able to support students in their learning, extra-curricular opportunities in this subject and how it links to other subjects and the wider world.

While this information covers a broad range of areas, please do get in touch with the Subject Leader Mrs Robertson if you have any questions.

Please click on the questions below to find out more.

How are groups organised?

We organise the classes by mixed ability. 6 out of 7 classes are on a carousel, where they have 6 lessons of History per fortnight for a half term, before moving on to Geography for the next half term. The remaining class have 3 hours per fortnight.

What characteristics does a successful student have in this subject?

The most successful students in this subject will have an interest in how society, politics and the economy has changed over time and will be comfortable with analysing different interpretations of the past. Successful students will also have the ability to form rational arguments, supported with evidence, whilst they will also be able to write at length.

What are the key concepts students will study at this level?

  • Understanding of the key features and characteristics of the past
  • Analysing historical events and periods
  • Using sources to make judgements
  • Evaluating interpretations and explaining the differences and the reasons for these
  • Change and continuity over time
  • Cause and consequence

What will students learn at this level?

Term 1:

What is History

The Medieval Period – claimants to the throne, the Battle of Hastings

Term 2:

The Medieval Period – castles, life in medieval times, the Black Death

Term 3:

The Tudors – what was Britain like in Tudor times, Henry VII, Henry VIII and the break with Rome, the dissolution of the monasteries, Protestants and Catholics, Bloody Mary, Elizabeth I

What skills will students develop at this level?

  • Analytical and evaluative skills
  • Literacy, communication and essay-writing skills
  • Source analysis skills
  • Interpretation skills

How will students learn at this level?

  • Collaborative learning where you work with your peers
  • Close reading and note-taking
  • Using the internet to support your learning
  • Using quizlet to support and test your learning
  • Independent learning where you are responsible for your own progress
  • Regularly self-assessing work and improving on it

How will students’ learning be assessed at this level?

There is one formal, summative assessment per carousel, as well as a factual knowledge test in term 1 as follows:

Factual knowledge test on History Key Skills

Written assessments on:

  1. Why did William win the Battle of Hastings (cause and consequence)
  2. How much life change following the Black Death (change and continuity)
  3. Was Henry VIII a good or bad King (interpretations/judgement)

In day to day lessons, there will opportunities for self and peer assessment and your teacher will complete a ‘book look’ every half term to monitor your exercise book.

When do key assessments take place?

Assessments 1 and 2 fall at the end of the first two carousels and assessment 3 half way through the final carousel.

How can parents/carers support students’ learning?

  • Encourage your child to re-visit their classwork at home and help them test their understanding of that information – e.g through quizzing them on key names/dates/events
  • Encourage your child to watch relevant programmes about our topics on TV/online – there are lots of programmes on BBC iPlayer as well as Youtube.
  • Encourage your child to access information on the internet as a way of enriching and consolidating their knowledge – e.g through using the BBC Bitesize website.
  • Encourage your child to spend quality time on their homework and provide a suitable space for them to complete it.
  • Check the quality of the work in your child’s exercise book and encourage them to make improvements where possible. 

What equipment do students need for this subject?

  • Essential basic equipment – pen, pencil, ruler, exercise book etc.
  • Access to SMHW
  • Access to Quizlet

How does this subject link to other subjects?

  • English and other Humanities subjects: Literacy, communication, evaluation, analysis and argument
  • Philosophy: Religious changes in the Tudor period

What websites or resources may be helpful to support students’ learning?

BBC Bitesize - https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zk26n39

Quizlet - https://quizlet.com/join/98D93fadN

What extra-curricular or enrichment opportunities are available for students in this subject at this level?

The whole year group will go on a curriculum trip to Warwick Castle in the Summer term.

What sort of careers can this subject lead to?

History can lead to a hugely wide range of careers:

  • Law
  • Teaching
  • Museums and art gallery curatorship
  • Research
  • Finance
  • Politics
  • Media and marketing
  • Public relations
  • International relations
  • Journalism

The most traditional route into many of these careers is to undertake a History degree at university, before doing a conversion or post-graduate qualification in a slightly different discipline (a law conversion or a PGCE for example). Having completed a History degree also opens opportunities for accessing internships in areas such as marketing, public relations or journalism

What does student work look like in this subject at this level?


How does this subject support a broad and balanced curriculum, meeting the needs of all students, and developing traditional core skills?


How does this subject promote creativity, critical thinking, practice, perseverance and resilience, and making links?


How does this subject encourage enrichment and the development of cultural capital, deep learning, and inclusivity?