What our students will learn in Year 8  

Our Year 8 curriculum builds on the historical skills that they will need throughout the History Curriculum at Rye College starting with the infamous 'Gunpowder Plot', building on this knowledge we look at forms of crime and punishment. We explore the slave trade and Victorian society and finish the year with an introduction to the twentieth century. 

Our termly overview 

Term  Topic Content Overview Vocabulary Vocabulary
1 Taking it to extremes 
  • What happened in the ‘Gunpowder Plot’? 
  • How were leaders chosen in the 17th Century? 
  • Why did Regicide happen? 
  • How do you try a King? 
  • Why were people travelling the world? 
  • How much had medicine improved? Conspiracy 
  • Conspiracy 
  • Plotting 
  • Explosion 
  • Aggrieved 
  • Framed 
  • Plotter Plot 
  • Dynasty 
  • Merit 
  • Promotion 
  • Nepotism 
  • Cavalier 
  • Roundhead 
  • Parliamentarian 
  • Traditional 
  • Meritocracy 
  • Catholic
  • Prosecution 
  • Divine Right 
  • Omnipotent 
  • Arrogant 
  • Inevitable 
  • Deliberation 
  • Carnivals 
  • Frivolity 
  • Banned 
  • Settlement 
  • Relocation 
  • Persecution 
  • Proclamation 
  • Quarantine 
  • Civil War 
  • Protestant 
2 Slavery   
  • What was the Trans-Siberian Slave Trade? 
  • What beliefs allowed the slave trade to flourish? 
  • What was life like for a slave? 
  • How did slaves escape? 
  • How was the slave trade abolished? 
  • Trans-Atlantic Slavery 
  • Oppression 
  • Middle-Passage 
  • Commerce 
  • Manufacture 
  • Trade Triangle 
  • Respectable 
  • Justification 
  • Ethics 
  • Civilisation 
  • Abolish 
  • Abolitionist 
  • Petitions 
  • Organised 
  • Anti-Slavery 
  • Empathy 
  • Claustrophobic 
  • Appalling 
  • Malaria 
  • Mistreatment 
  • Active Rebellion 
  • Passive Resistance 
  • Underground Railroad 
  • Supporter 
  • Conductor 
  • Insurrection 
  • Pamphlets 
  • Boycott 
  • Freeman 
  • Illiterate 
  • Politicians 
  • Cramped 
  • Auction 
  • Plantation 
  • Habitation 
  • Exploitation 
3 Victoria   
  • What were the benefits of having an empire? 
  • How was Africa divided up? 
  • What was the most important invention of the Victorian era? 
  • What were the conditions in the factories? 
  • What were the conditions like in Victorian towns? 
  • How was Cholera tackled? 
  • Empire 
  • Colony 
  • Oligarchy 
  • Sovereign State 
  • Dependency 
  • Protectorate 
  • Dominion 
  • Ambition 
  • Bismark 
  • Conference 
  • Scramble for Africa 
  • Inconsiderate 
  • Arbitrary 
  • Self-Governing 
  • Conflict 
  • Vital Supplies 
  • Casualties 
  • Wounded 
  • Invention 
  • Spinning Jenny 
  • Posed 
  • Consulted 
  • Obscure 
  • Epoch 
  • Memoirs 
  • Generation 
  • Precious Commodity 
  • Comprised 
  • Recollections 
  • Census 
  • Destitute 
  • Industrial 
  • Slums 
  • Overseer 
  • Laissez Faire 
  • Industrial Revolution 
  • Child Labour 
  • Over-Crowding 
  • Sanitation 
  • Terrace Housing 
  • Back-to-Back Housing 
  • Exploitation 
  • Sewage 
  • Unhygienic 
  • Filthy 
  • Epidemiology 
  • Bacterium 
  • Dehydration 
  • Socio-Economic Class 
  • Residents 
  • Contamination 
  • Parish 
  • Delicate Condition 
  • Dispatched 
  • Escalated 
  • Nuptials 
  • Lowest Ebb 
  • Compounded 
  • Pawned 
  • Solace 
  • Privations 
  • Oppressed 
4 Crime and Punishment
  • How did Victorian life compare to ours? 
  • What was crime and punishment in the Middle Ages like? 
  • Did the Tudors change the Medieval system? 
  • Why were witches treated so harshly? 
  • Why did we have the Bloody Code? 
  • Why was transportation used? 
  • Perpetrator 
  • Tithing 
  • Hue and Cry 
  • Stock 
  • Constable 
  • Pillory 
  • Ordeals 
  • Law Enforcement 
  • Penalties 
  • Retribution 
  • Malice 
  • Criminalised 
  • Gibbeting 
  • Transportation 
  • Compensation 
  • Deterrence 
  • Faggots 
  • Vagrants 
  • Witches Mark 
  • Witchfinder 
  • Damnation 
  • Capital Punishment 
  • Bloody Code 
  • Press-Gang 
5 Crime and Punishment
  • Who were the ‘Highwaymen’? 
  • Why was John Breeds hanged? 
  • What was London like in 1888? 
  • Who were the first modern police? 
  • Who was Jack the Ripper? 
  • Highway Man 
  • Executed 
  • Poaching 
  • Burglary 
  • Accomplice 
  • Assassination 
  • Grudge 
  • Solitary 
  • Presiding 
  • Magistrate 
  • Guilty 
  • Sanitary 
  • Missionary 
  • Confinement 
  • Widow 
  • Wretched 
  • Smog 
  • Parliament 
  • Home Secretary 
  • Metropolitan 
  • Modus Operandi 
  • Whitechapel 
  • Prostitute 
  • Destitute 
  • Alcoholic 
  • Witness 
  • Interpretation 
  • Biased 
  • Victims 
  • Exaggerated 
  • Impression 
  • Suspect 
  • Apprehending 
  • Investigation 
  • Evidence 
  • Truncheon 
  • Scenarios 
  • Aptitude 
  • Situations Vacant 
6 Introduction to the Twentieth Century World
  • What was life like in 1900? 
  • What were the long-term causes of WW1? 
  • How did international relations increase the tension in Europe? 
  • What was the spark that started WW1? 
  • How were men recruited to the army? 
  • How does WW1 relate to me?  
  • Feminist 
  • Dominant 
  • Parlour 
  • Subsistence Level 
  • Alliance 
  • Militarise 
  • Negotiation 
  • Imperialism 
  • Nationalism 
  • Arms Race 
  • Entente 
  • Inevitable 
  • Mobilisation 
  • Ancestry 
  • Patriotic 
  • Sarajevo 
  • Bosnia 
  • Explosion 
  • Assassination 
  • Heir 
  • Propaganda 
  • Voluntary Recruitment 
  • Inference 
  • General Kitchener 
  • Memorial 
  • Conscription 
  • Servicemen 
  • Artillery 
  • Fatalities 
  • Telegrams 
  • Regiment 
  • Sacrifice 
  • Tommies 
  • Epitaph 
  • Cenotaph 

For detailed information please click on the link below

History Curriculum Year 8

Recommended Reading to support the Year 8 History Curriculum

      

      

  

 

Useful links to online learning resources to support the History Curriculum 

Horrible Histories YouTube Channel

OverSimplified YouTube channel

YouTube video The Gunpowder Plot Part 1

YouTube Video The Gunpowder Plot Part 2

YouTube Video The Slave Trade

BBC Bitesize The Slave Trade

YouTube Video Life in a Victorian Workhouse

Victorian Child Labour

YouTube Video Punishment in Tudor Times

Tudor Punishments

YouTube Video Origins of the Police force

Victorian Era - The Police 

YouTube Video WW1

YouTube Video The Great War

 

 

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