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Year 7 History Curriculum

Key topics to be taught this year: The Romans, Medieval England and Elizabethan England

Topic Further details about the topic
Autumn Term

What stories can Pompeii tell us?

What was so remarkable about the Islamic Empire?

Anglo-Saxon England

How far did the Norman Conquest change England?

Students learn about the work of modern historians and are introduced to historical sources.

Students learn about the Islamic Empire and are introduced to its historical significance.

Students learn about life in England before the Norman Conquest to prepare them for the next topic.

Students will learn about the Norman Conquest, causation and analyse the extent to which life changed and/or continued.

Spring Term

What should everyone know about the Crusades?

Medieval kingship and queenship

What does the life of Mansa Musa reveal about Medieval Mali?

Students will learn about the Crusades and analyse similarities and difference.

Students will explore the power of monarchs and build on their understanding of causation and significance.

Students will study the Medieval Empire of Mali, building on their understanding of its historical significance.

Summer Term

What reallred to Medieval people?

Consequences of the Black Death

European Reformation: What was Luther trying to achieve?

Students will learn about the lives of ordinary people by analysing similarity and difference.

Students will be introduced to the concept of consequence whilst examining the impacts of the Black Death in Britain and globally.

Students will learn about the reforms of Martin Luther and build on their understanding of causation and consequence.


  Topic Type of Assessment
CAT 1 All topics studied at that Year 7 Factual recall, chronology, extended writing.
CAT 2 All topics studied in Year 7 Factual recall, chronology, extended writing.

Main Resources

Resource Details Term
Text book

Pompeii by Mary Beard

Anglo-Saxons by Marc Morris

William I by Marc Morris

The Silk Roads by Peter Frankopan

The Arthur trilogy by Kevin Crossley-Holland

The Black Death by John Hatcher


Enrichment opportunities

Activity or trip Day and time or term

Trip to Lincoln Castle and Cathedral

Spring term

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