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The History department at The Portsmouth Academy aspires to encourage a passion for the past amongst our pupils using dynamic and inspirational teaching, underpinned by the Thinking Schools philosophy. Our aim is to develop independent learners with enquiring minds, capable of analysing and evaluating evidence to form reasoned interpretations of historical events. Ultimately, pupils will achieve a greater understanding of the world in which we live and their place within it.
In the first term in year 7 at TPA, we will assess what the students already know from the previous History teaching. We will look for misconceptions they may have learnt, and introduce them to the topic of History through looking at the skills they will be using throughout their Historical career. We will begin by looking at the different skills it takes to be a Historian as well as a deepening knowledge of History as a discipline.
We will develop all these skills through a local study of the Mary Rose. The study of this will bring our local History to life, and enable them to see Portsmouth differently, and how Portsmouth is relevant to History. We will look at the different skills of Evidence, Significance, Cause and Consequence, Change and Continuity, Interpretation and Chronology. We will then begin our first thematic study of Monarchy and leadership, using the skill of change and continuity to track how the rule over Britain has adapted and changed from 1066 to the present day.
Year 7 will be continuing their thematic study of Monarchy and Leadership, with a depth study of how the power changed during the rule of the Tudor Family. We will be looking at the significant rulers throughout British History, and using the skills of change and continuity to track power, and how the rule of Britain has changed and adapted.
From February Half Term we will be studying the History of World Religion, we will look at The Crusades and why they were fought, we will look at the changed in Religion in the UK, and how these affected the people living here, including a depth study on Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot. We will also begin to look at the British Empire and missionaries, the work they did around the world during the reign of Queen Victoria.
Year 7 will end the year with a depth study on the British Empire, we will be looking at how the British Empire was created, and why it was created. We will study the different countries within the Empire, and what they brought to Britain, as well as the lives of the people living under British rule in their own countries. We will be using evidence and interpretation skills to make a judgement if the British Empire was a force for good or evil, and if the Empire benefited everyone who lived under it’s rule. We will look at a study of several countries, including China, India and Australia, and will look at the the causes of the collapse of the Empire, and the wider consequences for today. Within this module, we will include a case study about African Slavery, how it began and developed, and what life was like for a slave.
We will be looking at crime and punishment within the UK. Tracking the different punishments used throughout History, and how they have developed. How the policing system in Britain has developed. Students will gain an understanding of the legal system in the country, and how it has developed into our modern system. They will look at a case depth study of Jack the Ripper to understand Victorian Britain, and develop empathy for the Victorian women and the science behind the investigation. Students will build on their skills of using Historical evidence, and their judgements when it comes to specific pieces of evidence along with the utility of that evidence. We will finish with the last person in the UK to be sentenced to death. Our End point will be tracking the changing ways that crime and punishment has developed from 1066 to the present day.
Year 8 will begin their study of War and Conflict in the 20th Century. They will be focusing in on the different causes of War and conflict, using the Historical skill of Significance. We will focus on the impact of war, on a local and global scale, with a depth study of WW1, and WW1 poetry and the home front. We will look at the changing technology of war, and how different wars have been fought.
We will focus on the major wars throughout History, looking at the differences between Hot and Cold Wars, alliance systems, the causes and consequences of different wars, including a study into the Cold war and Korea and Vietnam. Students will develop their Historical chronology skills, as well as building on their evidence and Historical knowledge throughout the course.
The year 8 summer term will focus on power and the people. We will look at a number of different groups in society who have been repressed, and how they begin to change their fortune. We will look at several groups throughout History, including women, the Suffragists and the Suffragettes, the Civil Rights movement in America, with a focus on Martin Luther King and Malcolm X, we will look at the LGBT+ community, as well as the development of feminism in 1960s America and the legislation that begins to change the law for women. We will be using skills of interpretation here, as the students begin to build their empathy towards repressed people and how they have fought for power, and fought to change their circumstances.
To finish the year we will undergo a short module looking at Genocide. We will continue to theme of repression to look at the Jewish repression during the Holocaust, the Armenian Genocide, Rwandan and Cambodian Genocides, looking at how dangerous people can get into power and how the atrocities were allowed to happen. Teaching the students to be upstanders, rather than bystanders, to stand up for injustice and fight for what is right in society.