What will students study this term?
This term, the students across KS3 will explore a particular study (depth, breadth, thematic):
In Year 7, the students will learn a depth study on the Crusades and how disastrous it proved for the Christians. The students will understand the significance of Jerusalem to both Christians and Muslims, how battles were fought and won, but how ultimately the Crusades proved a failure for the Christians.
In Year 8, the students will learn a breadth study on the British Empire to assess the changes and continuities during Britain’s imperialistic dominance over the world. In particular, the students will study how one nation could control and maintain a vast empire covering a quarter of the land in the world.
In Year 9, the students will learn a thematic study on global tragedies over the last hundred years. Specifically, the students will study the Holocaust and then the causes and events of 9/11. Though these events are not related, they both hold an ominous sway on how the world is perceived, how evil can develop, and how innocence suffer.
What assessment will students do this term?
Each year group will undergo an extended written task at least once a half term. The skills tested will centre around the key concept the topic is exploring (causation, change and continuity, significance) and indicate their understanding of the topic. The style of assessment and the wording of the questions are phrased in such a way to prepare the students for GCSE.
What homelearning will be set this term?
Students will be provided with a homelearning menu in KS3, from which they may select 2 or 3 tasks, depending on the difficulty level of the tasks selected. These tasks include practice GCSE style exam questions, creating models or newspaper articles and revising key vocabulary.
What can we do at home to help with this term’s learning?
Ensure students are selecting and completing homelearning tasks to a high standard.
Revising spellings for key terms. Revisiting lesson material prior to assessments and practising the PEE paragraph structure. Materials used in lesson can be found in the shared Humanities folder in students’ ‘Shared with Me’ drive on their chromebooks.
What extension project can students complete at home on this topic?
Year 7 students can develop their understanding of the topic by exploring:
Year 8 students can develop their understanding of the topic by exploring:
Year 9 students can develop their understanding of the Holocaust and 9/11 by exploring:
What further reading is recommended to support this area of study?
Horrible Histories – Barmy British Empire
The Holocaust by Laurence Rees
The Mascot by Mark Kurzem
What are some great websites that can help with this term’s studies?