Invasions, plots, murders and plagues- the medieval period had it all! From survival in the Arabian desert, through the settlement of medieval European tribes, to the victory of William the Conqueror in 1066 and how he paved the way for the kings of England in the centuries to follow. Year 7 history at SVC follows a varied and rich path through the medieval history of both Europe and Arabia, working not only on knowledge and understanding, but also on key historical skills such as interpretation and debate.
Work in Year 7 is divided into different enquiries each term, with 2-8 lessons being spent on each enquiry. Topics that will be covered throughout the year will include:
Ely Enterprise Project:
In the final half term of the academic year all year 7 historians take part in a local study on the city of Ely. This is an enterprise project where pupils set up an organization to help encourage visitors to Ely to enjoy its rich and diverse history. Pupils will utilize all of their new found historical skills, as well as building on cross curricular skills from subjects such as IT and Geography.
The period 1500-1900 in Europe was one of constant change, for peoples of all backgrounds. From the ordinary workers in the fields, to the citizens of the growing New World; from Kings and their grip on their kingdoms, to the working classes and their demands for the right to vote- the year 8 curriculum is very much focused on the lives of the peoples of Europe throughout this period, and on how the major events of the period played a significant role in shaping those lives.
Work in Year 8 is divided up into different enquiries each term, with 2-8 lessons being spent on each enquiry. Topics that will be covered throughout the year include:
In the last 100 years historians estimate that 50 million people have been killed as a result of wars or conflicts. It's easy to think of the medieval world as a dangerous place, but in fact the century you were born in is a lot worse! Maybe we don't see cities wiped out by cholera or the plague any more - but think about how many can be killed with nuclear weapons...
This is the last course we do in Key Stage Three. It takes an overview of the main events, personalities and development of the period, especially the way in which war has shaped our modern world.
You will study the following topics:
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History is a very popular and vibrant subject here at Soham Village College. It is taught by an enthusiastic team who enjoy the challenge of bringing the subject to life. Multi-media work and 'active' history are the norm in GCSE lessons. History GCSE seeks to encourage students to develop the ability to think independently, to form a reasoned argument and to evaluate sources of information in a critical way. The study of History at GCSE provides an excellent foundation/level of skills for a wide variety of jobs including law, politics, journalism, strategic management and the armed services.
The syllabus offered is called 'Schools History Project' and the work covered is divided into four key areas
GCSE History students will have the opportunity to take part in a trip to the Galleries of Justice Museum, Nottingham in Year 10. This is a fantastic museum where they get to see a real historic prison and take part in a mock trial in a 19th century courtroom.
There will also be the opportunity to go on a trip to Berlin in Year 11 to support the unit on the 'Life in Germany (1919 – 1945)'.