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KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 8 History
Term 1Who were the Tudors?   
Who Were The Tudors? - What was Britain like in 1509? - What was the young Henry VIII like? - Why did religion change so much under the Tudors? - Was Mary really Bloody? - Why did the Spanish Armada fail? - What were Tudor leisure, education and society like?
Assessment: Students complete a challenging GCSE-style mini-exam on the Tudors.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 2Why did the English make war against themselves? The Stuarts, Cromwell and the Civil War   
Why did the English make war against themselves? The Stuarts, Cromwell and the Civil War - Why did a Scot become King of England? - How did Charles upset Parliament? - Why did the Parliamentarians win the English Civil War? - Was Cromwell a Hero or a Villain?
Assessment: GCSE-style sources interpretation assessment on Charles I.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 3Who rules? The Restoration & The Glorious Revolution   
Who rules? The Restoration and the Glorious Revolution. - Who was the Merrie Monarch? - How did the Stuarts respond to the Great Plague? - Who caused the Great Fire of London? - Was the Glorious Revolution really Glorious?
Assessment: GCSE-style assessment on the Glorious Revolution and the Great Fire of London.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 4Why did two new Republics emerge?    
Why did two new Republics emerge? New Ideas: The Enlightenment, The French Revolution and the American War of Independence. - What was the Enlightenment? - Why did the Americans want independence? - Why did the British fail in the war of Independence? - What was the Ancien Régime? - Which ideas did the people behind the French Revolution believe in? - How successful was Napoleon? - What was the American West like?
Assessment: GCSE Style assessment on the American and French revolutions.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 5How did Great Britain begin to modernise? The Vote and the Industrial Revolution   
How did Great Britain begin to modernise? The Vote and the Industrial Revolution. - How successful were different types of protest: Gordon Riots, Peterloo and Chartism? - How much did the Industrial Revolution change Britain? - How did ordinary people respond to the Industrial Revolution? - How did more and more people get the Vote?
Assessment: Students write a series of diary entries as a 19th Century English industrial worker, highlighting their knowledge of the period and empathy.Key Words and Terms
 
Term 6Why were thousands of Africans enslaved?    
Why were thousands of Africans enslaved? Non-British Depth Study. - What was The Middle Passage? - What was a slave auction like? - Was life on the plantations the same for all slaves? - Were the owners of the Zong guilty? - How was Slavery abolished?
Assessment: End of year exam.Key Words and Terms
 

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