Humanities is the study of geography, history, religious education and citizenship. The course provides you with the opportunity to find out about the world around us, from past to present to future.
What will I be learning about in Year 7?
History in Year 7 will focus on the medieval period (450AD -1500 AD). We have chosen this as it is full of important battles, conflict between religion and monarchs (kings and queens), horrific disease and revolt! It also allows you to develop some important historical skills and gain a better understanding of the modern world.
What was important to medieval people?
This introductory unit allows you to gain a wider understanding of the medieval period before studying specific topics. You will learn about the parts of life which were important to medieval people such as religion but also how society worked back then, including how they dealt with crime, their crazy ideas about medicine and what their buildings can reveal. This is the perfect unit to start with before exploring some key events of the medieval world.
The Battle of Hastings 1066
Next we will focus on one of the most important and gory battles in English history. You will learn the key facts to become experts and argue why it was won by a French nobleman named William I. You will study very famous sources (evidence) to help you explore this topic.
Consolidation of control
This unit follows from the previous one and allows us to understand how William, a French king, secured control of this country. We will explore the different strategies and techniques used, many of which are still around today.
Who killed Thomas Becket?
In this unit we follow a murder mystery of one of the most famous and goriest murders in history. We explore a range to evidence to find out what happened and who should be blamed.
Interpretations of King John
Was he a good king or a villain? This is a question historians have been debating for years. You will learn about this famous king and decide which pieces of information suggest he was good, bad, or perhaps simply unlucky. We will use image and text sources to find out what other people thought of him and why.
This unit allows us to study medieval India and explore one of the most infamous and significant empires of the world – the Mughal Empire, you will use a range of sources to explore who the Mughals were, what changes they brought to India and test the myths and legends surrounding them.
We can’t wait to meet our future historians and find out what your favourite topic will be!
In Geography you will gain a greater understanding of the world around you. You will learn how places change over time and how people affect their environment. You will study very topical issues in today’s world – for example, fracking in the UK and the migrant crisis.
This is an introductory unit to geography that will give you a great understanding of the subject. There will also be a strong focus on map skills and locational knowledge to look forward to. A top tip would be to spend some time familiarising yourself with an atlas.
We will study a range of core geographical processes and landforms across all three stages of the river from source to mouth. We’ll also explore the impacts of flooding in two conflicting countries.
We study what globalisation is, assess the positive and negative impacts, and core case studies.
An exciting opportunity for you to practice geographical fieldwork skills, completing your very own enquiry using primary and secondary data.
How will it be different from primary school?
In primary school history lessons you would have mainly explored the ancient world. The topics in Year 7 follow the next historical period and cover different people and issues. But the way you learn will be different too, in both history and geography.
You will be required to remember key pieces of information you learn so you will need to practice those memory skills! You will also be expected to form your own opinion and ask interesting questions.
You may be required to do more writing, and we will practice how best to structure your work and express all your interesting ideas.
Who will my teachers be?
You will have one of the following teachers:
You can find out more about them in the ‘Who will my teachers be?’ section.
How will I be assessed?
In both subjects you will be formally assessed with end of unit tests. These could involve long essays or short questions.
We will also look at your classwork and your homework to see how your learning is developing.
What can I do to help myself get off to an excellent start?
- Read around the subjects and start to take an active interest in what’s going on in the world.
- Start trying to remember key facts.
- Visit museums and find about places and people through history and across the world today.
- Watch the news and geographical/historical documentaries and keep up to date with current affairs.
- Try to develop your knowledge of the places you travel to this summer. Find out where you are going on a map, think about how the people, cultures and environments are different to where you live.
- Keep up to date with geographical issues such as population growth, the EU debate, world poverty.
The following links will also be helpful for History:
A young person’s guide to the Battle of Hastings:
What are sources?