Core

During year 8 Core, learners are given a more in-depth introduction to the Humanities subjects, helping to guide them on their options decisions at the end of the year. This is done through cross-curricular opportunities and use of current affairs, with clear development of English skills.
Lessons are designed to help engage the Learning Muscles; Resourcefulness, Reflectiveness, Reciprocity and Resilience. These are self-assessed each term, helping learners to develop an understanding of key skills needed in order to become well qualified and employable.

Term 1

Key Learning Objectives

Learners will:

Term 1a – Mesopotamia

  • Be able to identify the significance of Mesopotamia and its influences today.
  • Be able to understand the progression made in Mesopotamia and highlight this.
  • Be able to discuss the roles in Mesopotamia and debate their fairness over time.
  • Be able to understand how to use and interpret historical sources.
  • Be able to explain the beginning of the Abrahamic faiths.
  • Be able to revise key knowledge to complete an RE exam on this knowledge.
  • Be able to explain water scarcity in the Middle East and how this has impacted lifestyle there.
  • Be able to evaluate my own work and performance against the learning goals.

Term 1b – Victorian England

  • Be able to identify the significance of Victorian England and its influences today.
  • Be able to explain the impact of Queen Victoria.
  • Be able to understand the lifestyle of Victorians and make comparisons to life now.
  • Be able to interpret texts about and written in Victorian England.
  • Be able to organise and direct a Victorian market using collaboration and resourcefulness.
  • Be able to understand what the industrial revolution was.
  • Be able to understand the impact of the industrial revolution.
  • Be able to use my SPAG targets to complete extended pieces of writing.
  • Be able to link the revolution to development.

 Key Activities / Homework

Term 1a After learning about Mesopotamia and roles they will complete a balanced argument on how fair life was for women in this time. They will also complete an RE exam on Abrahamic faith. Finally they will create a board game as part of their project. Homework is on takeaway sheet and learners will complete one per week.

Term 1b Learners will complete an analysis of a text during this half term based on PEE paragraphs. They will also complete a descriptive piece on Victorian lifestyles. The project will be based on creating a product and organising a Victorian Market for Y6 and Y7 to attend. Homework is on takeaway sheet and learners will complete one per week.

Assessments

Term 1a Balanced Argument. Test on Abrahamic faith. Accelerated reader. Their project will be assessed in groups.

Term 1b Accelerated reader. Text analysis will be assessed for reading. Descriptive piece. Test on Queen Victoria.

Suggest reading & support materials

Learners will be issued with an Accelerated Reader book. This will be read at the start of each lesson for 10 minutes, and should be read every evening at home.

Term 2

Key Learning Objectives

Learners will:

Term 2a – The Future

  • Be able to use knowledge of history to make predictions about the future.
  • Be able to explain events in the contemporary world and use them to predict the future.
  • Be able to consider future plans and options.
  • Be able to create individual pathways for future ambitions and plans.
  • Be able to design a future world to present to classes.
  • Be able to stretch our listening and empathy muscle when visitors speak about different careers.
  • Be able to organise a career fair to advise younger students.
  • Be able to theorise solutions to over population.
  • Be able to use my SPAG targets to complete extended pieces of writing.

Term 2b – WW1

  • Be able to understand the causes of WWI.
  • Be able to identify and describe major events from WWI.
  • Be able to understand how WWI impacted continuity and change in Europe.
  • Be able to understand the concept of nationalism.
  • Be able to locate different countries in Europe using an Atlas.
  • Be able to describe the experience of a soldier.
  • Be able to interpret and create our own war poetry.
  • Be able to consider the point of view of people living during WWI.
  • Be able to describe life on the home front.
  • Be able to present a war poem written by individuals.
  • Be able to use my SPAG targets to complete extended pieces of writing.

Key Activities / Homework

Term 2a Learners will have meetings/visits from people who have a variety of careers. Students will also create their own future world – they will describe this and explain this based on historical evidence. Finally, they will organise a careers fair for year 7 to attend. Homework is on takeaway sheet and learners will complete one per week.

Term 2b Learners will focus on descriptive writing this half term and poetry. This will involve writing from different perspectives. It will also involve reading, interpreting and writing war poetry.

Assessments

Term 2a Accelerated reader. Career Fair. Writing advice booklets. Quiz on over population.

Term 2b Accelerated reader. Descriptive writing. Quiz on life during WWI. War poetry – writing and performance.

Suggest reading & support materials

Learners will be issued with an Accelerated Reader book. This will be read at the start of each lesson for 10 minutes, and should be read every evening at home.

Term 3

Key Learning Objectives

Term 3a – Medieval England

  • Be able to explain the causes and stages of the Black Death.
  • Be able to understand the conditions in Medieval England.
  • Be able to recount the events of the Pendle witch trial.
  • Be able to label and explain features of a castle.
  • Be able to collaborate during a medieval themed day outside of school.
  • Be able to describe the life of a medieval knight.
  • Be able to find aspects of Medieval England in the country now.
  • Be able to explain the importance of Richard the Lionheart.
  • Be able to create and organise an event for parents to see work from this half term.
  • Be able to use my SPAG targets to complete extended pieces of writing.

Term 3b – Ancient Greece

  • Be able to use your reflectiveness muscle when considering some high level thinking questions.
  • Be able to understand what philosophy is and where it started.
  • Be able to explain some perspectives of difference key thinkers from Ancient Greece.
  • Be able to write an essay based on a topic of their choice using their key thinkers and own opinion.
  • Be able to retell famous myths and legends from Ancient Greece.
  • Be able to create and write their own myth.
  • Be able to understand what tourism is and why Greece has many tourists.
  • Be able to work with classmates to develop a dramatic performance of a myth for primary students.
  • Be able to use my SPAG targets to complete extended pieces of writing.

Key Activities / Homework

Term 3a Learners will attend a day at Bolton Castle with a theme of Medieval England. They will also create an event for parents to attend including drama and work presentations. All students will complete extended writing on different aspects of Medieval life including diary entries and recount writing. Homework is on takeaway sheet and learners will complete one per week. Term 3b Learners will be part of many philosophical debates during this half term. They will discuss many key issues and apply thinking to contemporary topics. All students will create a mythical creature and write their own myth. They will pick a topic and write a well research essay on this. Finally students will do a drama performance to other core classes to end the term. Homework is on takeaway sheet and learners will complete one per week.

Assessments

Term 3a Accelerated reader. Parent showcase. Recount writing. Trip work. Term 3b Accelerated reader. Essay on Philosophy. Test on Ancient Greece. Drama.

Suggest reading & support materials

Learners will be issued with an Accelerated Reader book. This will be read at the start of each lesson for 10 minutes, and should be read every evening at home.