In Year 7, we attempt to build the students’ chronological understanding of British History and focus on how the role of the King, Parliament and the Church, and their relationship with the British people has changed. We aim to help students comprehend the steps that led to the formation of our democratic political system and how migration has shaped the British people and culture. This curriculum has been designed with the purpose of starting to develop and introduce students to the skills, themes, terminology and concepts they will encounter in later topics and GCSE. Below is a breakdown of the different topics we cover in Year 7:
Norman Conquest: English society in 1066; The three contenders to the throne; The Battle of Hastings; castle building; Feudal System; Harrying of the North; Domesday Book; How the Normans changed England.
Power and Control in Medieval England 1100-1500: The Church in Medieval England; The Crusades; The murder of Thomas Becket; King John and the signing of the Magna Carta; The Black Death; Peasants Revolt.
Religious Change in Tudor England 1500-1600: The European Reformation; Henry VIII and the creation of the Church of England; Edward VI and Mary I religious reforms; Elizabeth’s religious reforms; Elizabethan society; Spanish Armada.
Political Change and Revolution 1600-1800: Gunpowder Plot; The English Civil War; Life in Cromwell’s England and the Restoration; Plague and the Great Fire 1666; The Act of Union; The Glorious Revolution; Government in the 18th Century.
Migration to the British Isles from the Stone Age to the present day: Britain in the Neolithic Period, Bronze Age Britain, The Celts, The Romans, The Anglo-Saxons, The Normans, Jewish emigrants, Religious migrants in the 1500s, Migration in the 19th Century, Windrush and migration from the British colonies to Britain in the 20th Century.
In Year 8, we try to develop the students’ understanding of the factors that caused the creation of modern Britain with a focus on the 18th, 19th and early 20th century. We look at how Britain became a global superpower and the creation of the modern economy. We try to highlight both the positive and negative aspects of the British Empire and allow students to reflect on Britain’s involvement in the slave trade. We will also take a look at how the British political system developed and how it became fairer and more democratic, culminating in women gaining the vote in the early 20th Century. Just as Britain became a global power during these time periods, during Year 8, we aim to expand the students’ understanding of the wider world. Therefore, we will investigate ‘boom and bust’ in the USA in the 1920s and 30s and the events of World War 1. This curriculum has been designed with the purpose of starting to develop and introduce students to the skills, themes, terminology and concepts they will encounter in later topics and GCSE. Below is a breakdown of the different topics we cover in Year 8:
Economic Change in Britain 1700-1900: Pre-industrial Britain in 1700; The growth of cities; The Agricultural Revolution; The birth of the factory system; Child Labour; How safety in the factories improved; How transport changed; How the railways changed Romford.
The British Empire: The early British Empire; How did the British Empire grow?; How did Britain control its Empire?; The British Raj; Was the British Empire a force for good?; The decline and fall of the British Empire.
History of Slavery in the Americas: Reasons behind slavery; The key features of the triangular trade; The British Empire’s involvement in the slave trade; Life for slaves; The campaigns for abolition; The American Civil War and the eventual abolition of slavery.
Economy and Culture in Interwar USA: The American political system; The KKK, Economic boom in the 1920s; 1920s culture; Prohibition; The Wall Street Crash; The Great Depression; Roosevelt’s New Deal.
Political Change in Britain 1850-present: Was Britain fair in 1750?; The Campaign for votes for Women; Women in World War One; How did women achieve the vote?; Women’s equality in the 20th and 21st Century.
First World War 1914-18: Causes of World War One; Recruitment; Life in the Trenches; Trench Warfare; The Battle of the Somme; Was Haig the Butcher of the Somme?; Armistice and the Treaty of Versailles.
In Year 9, we focus on developing the students’ understanding of the key events of the 20th Century and the impact these have had on the modern world. We aim to prepare students for GCSE history and build their understanding of the key themes of politics, economics, war and society. This will help the students decide if they wish to continue to study history at GCSE. Throughout this year the students will look at the most significant events of the 20th Century, such as the Holocaust and World War Two. As well as, exploring the events of the inter war years of the 1920s and 30s and an in-depth look at the history of the USSR. We consider local history to be important at Redden Court so, during Year 9, the students will take a look at the social and economic problems of East London during the Victorian Period.
Interwar Years and the Causes of World War Two: The Treaty of Versailles impact on Germany; Challenges facing the Weimar Republic; Creation and failure of the League of Nations; Rise of Hitler; Life in Nazi Germany; Hitler’s foreign policy; Appeasement; Causes of World War Two.
World War Two 1939-45: Home Front; Dunkirk and the Battle of Britain; The Blitz; War on the Eastern Front; War in the Pacific; America dropping the atomic bombs on Japan; Division of Germany
The Holocaust 1933-45: Life for Jews in Germany before 1933; Nazi ideology; Role of SS and Gestapo; How the treatment of minorities changed in Nazi Germany; The Ghettos; The creation of the final solution; Life in the concentration and death camps; The aftermath of the Holocaust.
Local History Study East End of London 1850-1900: Poverty and conditions in the East End; Immigration to the East End; Jack the Ripper murders; 19th Century Police force; How to conduct an enquiry.
History of the USSR 1917-1993: Russian revolution; Rise of Stalin; Collectivisation and famine; Stalin’s purges; Life in the USSR; Space race; Chernobyl; Why did the USSR collapse?