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HISTORY

“The most effective way to destroy people is to deny and obliterate their own understanding of their history.” – ‘Nineteen Eighty-Four’ George Orwell

History is the story of us. It helps us to understand what we have done, where we are today and the possibilities for the future. By studying the past, we gain a better appreciation of our own (and other peoples’) identity, community and culture. At Wigston Academy, our aim for History is to spark interest in the past on a local, national, and international scale; and we hope pupils can then build on this enjoyment of the subject outside of school and later in life. In this subject we will work on five key skill areas; which are chronological understanding; knowledge and understanding of the past; source analysis; interpretation; and communication and organisation.

Course Content

Year 7

AUTUMN TERM

Invaded Isles
Key Skills
Introduction the Invaders
Mystery of the Lindow Man
The Celts
Boudicca
The Romans Roman Britain
Legacy of the Romans

SPRING TERM

The Invaded Isles
The Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings
1066: Who should be King?
The Battle of Hastings
King in the Car Park
The discovery of King Richard III
Challenging the King: The Family

SUMMER TERM

King in the Car Park
Challenging the King: The Church
Challenging the King: The Barons
Challenging the King: The People
Challenging the King: Disease
Life in Medieval Leicester
Castles
Motte and Bailey Castles
The Development of the Castle
Attacking and Defending a Castle

Year 8

AUTUMN TERM

The Making of the United Kingdom, 1485-1750
England c.1500
The Poor
Catholics vs. Protestants
Henry VIII’s Break with Rome
Religious Change
Elizabeth I

SPRING TERM

The Making of the United Kingdom, 1485-1750
The Spanish Armada
The Gunpowder Plot
The English Civil War
A United Kingdom?
Revolutionary Times, 1750-1900
What is a Revolution?
Britain in 1750 and 1900
The Agricultural Revolution

SUMMER TERM

Revolutionary Times, 1750-1900
The Industrial Revolution Working in a Factory
Life in the City
Victorian Murder Mystery
The American or French Revolution
The British Empire
Slavery

Year 9

AUTUMN TERM

The era of the First World War
What is War?
Changes in Warfare
Origins of the First World War
Origins of the First World War
Stalemate
Fighting on the Western Front/Trench Warfare
Recruitment

SPRING TERM

The Second World War/Conflict and Tension, 1918-1939 (GCSE Unit 1)
Aims of the ‘Big Three’
Terms of the Treaty of Versailles
Reactions to the Treaty
Successes and Failure of the Treaty
Creation of the League of Nations

SUMMER TERM

The Second World War/Conflict and Tension, 1918-1939 (GCSE Unit 1)
Successes and Failures of the League of Nations
The Manchurian Crisis
The Abyssinian Crisis
Hitler’s Foreign Policy Aims
The remilitarisation of the Rhineland
Anschluss
The Sudeten Crisis
The Nazi-Soviet Pact