What our students will learn in Year 7  

Our Year 7 curriculum introduces students to the historical skills that they will need throughout the History Curriculum at Rye College starting with the turning point of British history of 1066, the Norman conquest and Medieval rulers. We build on this knowledge, exploring 14th century society through to the Tudors and the Reformation.  

Our termly overview 

Term  Topic Content Overview Vocabulary Vocabulary
1 1066 and all that  
  • Introduces a key turning point of British history – 1066. 
  • Examines the historical context in the 1060s 
  • How do we divide up the past? 
  • How do we evaluate evidence? 
  • Why was England such a prize in 1066? 
  • Who thought they should be King in 1066? 
  • What happened when Vikings tried to invade? 
  • Anno Domini 
  • Chronology 
  • Time Period 
  • Centuries 
  • Decades 
  • Millennium 
  • Annotate 
  • Investigate 
  • Inherit 
  • Novisima Verba 
  • Successor 
  • Primary/Secondary Evidence 
  • Foreign 
  • Head of State 
  • Mutilation 
  • Agrarian 
  • Monasteries 
  • Subsistence Farmers 
  • Anglo-Saxon 
  • Heir 
  • Warrior 
  • Sub Regulus 
  • Oath 
2 William and Power  
  • Develops an understanding of the events of the Norman Conquest and the events of the Battles of 1066. 
  • Why did the Normans win at Hastings? 
  • How do Historians explain judgements about the past? 
  • How does bias impact on the utility of sources? 
  • How effective were William’s methods of securing his reign? 
  • How did castles function to support medieval rule? 
  • How similar/different were Medieval practices to modern customs? 
  • Exile 
  • Fyrd 
  • Housecarl 
  • Archer 
  • Cavalry 
  • Infantry 
  • Knights 
  • Soldiers 
  • Senlac Hill 
  • Feigned Retreat 
  • Bias 
  • Bayeaux Tapestry 
  • Neutral Opinion 
  • Reliability 
  • Noble 
  • Widow 
  • Domesday Book 
  • Survey 
  • Commissioned 
  • Manor 
  • Arable 
  • Acre 
  • Hectare 
  • Ploughs 
  • Rebellion 
  • Control 
  • Effective 
  • Invade 
  • Conquer 
  • Terrorise 
  • Rebellion 
  • Slaughter 
  • Cease 
  • Inhabitants 
  • Sustenance 
  • Perished 
  • Hierarchy 
  • Feudalism 
  • Tenants 
  • Permanent 
  • Pasture 
  • Concentric 
3 The Trouble with Kings   
  • Introduces students to the importance of the Church within Medieval society. 
  • Explores the intriguing murder of Thomas Becket, as well as the Magna Carta. 
  • What functions did the church serve? 
  • Why did the rift between church and king lead to murder? 
  • Why was the Magna Carta created? 
  • What does the Magna Carta’s existence say about King John? 
  • What constituted a “bad” Medieval king? 
  • Why was the Robin Hood myth created?  
  • Significance 
  • Bible 
  • Catholic 
  • Heaven 
  • Hell 
  • Law 
  • Order 
  • Punishment 
  • Benedictine 
  • Monastic Orders 
  • Lay Congregation 
  • Novice 
  • Girdle 
  • Habit 
  • Abbey 
  • Convent/Nunnery 
  • Cloister 
  • Refectory 
  • Infirmary 
  • Dormitory 
  • Tannery 
  • Chapter House 
  • Tonsure 
  • Cowl 
  • Abbot/Abbess 
  • Penance 
  • Murder 
  • Cathedral 
  • Beholders 
  • Severed 
  • Psychiatric 
  • Troublesome 
  • Contemporary 
  • Flee 
  • Excommunicate 
  • Bludgeon 
  • Phoney 
  • Crusade 
  • Inept 
  • Lofty Brow 
  • Overshadowed 
  • Lackland 
4 Revolting Diseases, and Peasants 
  • Explores the devastating disease that ravaged Europe in the 14th Century 
  • What did the Bubonic Plague do to its victims? 
  • What caused the plague? 
  • How did Medieval beliefs influence actions? 
  • What impact did the plague have on society? 
  • What happened when the Peasants revolted? 
  • What constituted a “bad” Medieval King? 
  • Epidemic 
  • Pandemic 
  • Plague 
  • Bubonic 
  • Disaster 
  • Symptom 
  • Buboes 
  • Pneumonic 
  • Fever 
  • Astrology 
  • Astronomy 
  • Cosmos 
  • Poisoning 
  • Corrupted Air 
  • Humours 
  • Miasma 
  • Divine Intervention 
  • Pardoned 
  • Ransacked 
  • Tyrant 
  • Inexperienced 
  • Flagellants 
  • Prevention 
  • Humoral Medicine 
  • Galanic 
  • Preposterous 
  • Ineffective 
  • Fairness 
  • Wage 
  • Headhunting 
  • Yeoman 
  • Revolt 
  • Poll Tax 
  • Statute of Labourers 
  • Imprison 
  • Incarcerate 
  • Universal 
  • Adulthood 
  • Advisors 
  • Execute 
  • Decapitate 
  • Inept 
5 Terrible Tudors 
  • Explores the impact of the early Tudor dynasty. 
  • Who are the Tudors? 
  • Did Henry VII deserve to be King? 
  • What sort of a King was young Henry VII? 
  • Why was a son so important? 
  • How did the Church split? 
  • What impact did the dissolution have on England? 
  • Ancestors 
  • Matrimony 
  • Protestant 
  • Divorce 
  • Childbed Fever 
  • Decisive 
  • Biased 
  • Potentate 
  • Complexion 
  • Gout 
  • Pursuits 
  • Intellectual 
  • Charisma 
  • Dissolution 
  • Prior 
  • Piracy 
  • Chastity 
  • Abstinence 
  • Pilgrimage of Grace 
  • Intelligence 
  • Miscarriage 
  • Debt 
  • Relationships 
  • Patriarchy 
  • Temptation 
  • Beheaded 
  • Adultery 
  • Reformation 
  • Decoration 
  • Transubstantiation 
  • Consubstantiation 
  • Papal Authority 
  • Heretic 
  • Martyr 
  • Act of Supremacy 
  • Puritanism 
  • Council of Regency 
  • Tuberculosis 
6 Rebirth 
  • What was the Renaissance? 
  • What made a good Renaissance political alliance? 
  • Why did the Spanish attack fail? 
  • How did print revolutionise society? 
  • What impacts did a more scientific approach have on society? 
  • Why was science taking over from religion?  
  • Renaissance 
  • Inventions 
  • Development 
  • Exploration 
  • Suitors 
  • Matriarchy 
  • Armada 
  • Count of Medina 
  • Galleon 
  • Tactical 
  • Prosecution 
  • Industry 
  • Development 
  • Anatomy 
  • Gravity 
  • Revolutionary 
  • Chronical 
  • Periodicals 
  • Vernacular 
  • Heresy 
  • Lollard 

 

For detailed information please click on the link below

History Curriculum Year 7

 

Recommended Reading to support the Year 7 History Curriculum

 

Useful links to online learning resources to support the History Curriculum 

Horrible Histories YouTube Channel

OverSimplified YouTube channel

Norman Conquest YouTube Video

YouTube Why Learn History 

Why Study History?

Timeline YouTube Video on 1066

YouTube Magna Carta

YouTube Black Death 

History for Kids Black Death 

YouTube Video The Tudors

English Heritage The Tudors

YouTube Video on The Printing Press

Study Smarter - The English Renaissance

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