Click to Expand Autumn Content:
What Has History Got To Do With Me?
What Was Life Like On A Tudor Ship?
How Was England Organised?
Why Did Henry Viii Want A Divorce?
Key Concepts:
Key Concepts:
Key Concepts:
Key Concepts:
  • State The Event Or Describe The Content In Each Image Or Source
  • Explain How And Why A Source Would Give A Certain Impression
  • Explain The Significance Of An Event
  • Describe The Conditions
  • Explain What Life Was Like For Sailors
  • Evaluate The Experience Of A Sailor
  • State The Structure Used By Monarchs In 1500 To Control England
  • Use Sources To Describe And Evaluate
  • State The Structure Used By Monarchs In 1500 To Control England
  • Evaluate And Describe Sources
Key Vocabulary:
Key Vocabulary:
Key Vocabulary:
Key Vocabulary:
Propaganda, Inference, Significance, Impression
Tudors, Empathy, Scurvy, Galleon, Sailors
Government, Hierarchy, Society, Rank, Class, Monarch
Heir, Illegitimate, Archbishop of Canterbury, Catholic, Protestant, Heretic
Click to Expand Spring Content:
Does Bloody Mary Deserve Her Nickname?
Elizabeth I – Young Elizabeth, What Was She Like?
The English Civil War – Long and Short Term Causes
Key Concepts:
Key Concepts:
Key Concepts:
  • Examine How And Why Mary Got Her Nickname
  • Decide Whether She Deserved The Name
  • Examine The Hidden Meaning Of The Nursery Rhyme ‘mary, Mary Quite Contrary’
  • Examine How Elizabeth Became Queen
  • Explore Why It Is So Hard To Know What Elizabeth Looked Like
  • Examine The Threat Posed By Mary Queen Of Scots
  • Explore Why Spain Decided To Invade England
  • Compare The Strengths And Weaknesses Of The Countries
  • Judge Key Reasons Why The Armada Failed
  • Examine Why King Charles I Had Become So Unpopular
  • Compare The 2 Sides Fighting The English Civil War
Key Vocabulary:
Key Vocabulary:
Key Vocabulary:
Ridicule, Stillborn, Inference, Significance, Impression, Martyr, Roman Catholic, Heretic, Religion
Tudors, Empathy, Legitimate, Portrait, Control, Treason, Armada, Crescent, Beacon, Galleon, Musket
Catholic, Protestant, Religion, Economic, Political, Divine Right, Parliament, Royalist
Click to Expand Summer Content:
The Course Of The English Civil War And Execution Of Charles I
The Slave Trade
Key Concepts:
Key Concepts:
  • Compare The 2 Sides Fighting The English Civil War
  • Examine Which Sections Of Society Supported Each Side In The Civil War
  • Summarise How Soldiers Fought In The War
  • Define The Word ‘propaganda’
  • Examine How The Strict Discipline Of The New Model Army Made Them An Effective Fighting Force
  • Explore How And Why Charles Was Put On Trial
  • Investigate How The Judges Arrived At This Verdict
  • Investigate How The Slave Trade Was Organised
  • Assess Britain’s Role
  • Examine Sources In Order To Understand Conditions On A Slave Ship
  • Describe Ways In Which Slaves Were Sold
  • Describe A Slave’s Daily Routine
  • Explain When Both Slave Trading And Ownership Ended In GB
Key Vocabulary:
Key Vocabulary:
Civil War, Parliamentarian, Royalist, Ally, Infantry, Calvary, Cavalier, Roundhead, Pikeman, Sash, Musketeer, Propaganda, Superstitious, Plundering, Commonwealth, Death warrant, Tyrant, Revolution, Execution
Branded, Slave trade triangle, Dysentery, Auction, Indifferent, Scramble, Lashed, Muzzle, Plantation, Revolt, Yarn, Abolish, British Empire
Subject Overview:

Students in Year 8 have 1 History lesson each week.

Students will receive one piece of History homework on alternate weeks.

This homework is designed to last around 30 minutes.


Students are assessed 5-6 times a year – every half term or at the end of a topic. Assessment can take the form of a variety of styles such as writing, comprehension, presentations, examination questions.