Year 8 Curriculum

Year 8 Options: Why take GCSE History?

History is full of transferable skills, such as the ability to conduct research using different types of tools, the capacity to be a problem solver, the inspiration to be a creative thinker, an understanding of different people and societies, the skills to argue a case and to express your ideas clearly, essential debating, communication and ICT skills, and additional communication skills, such as negotiating, questioning and summarising. History has been voted one of the top transferable subjects by Oxbridge universities. Careers include an advertising executive, an accountant, an analyst, an archivist, an archaeologist, a broadcaster, a business professional, an explorer, a diplomat, a campaign worker, a consultant, an editor, a foreign service officer, an intelligence agent, a journalist, a lawyer, a lecturer, a legal assistant, a manager, a politician, a public relations officer, a researcher, a social worker and many more.

What do we study in Year 8?

Whilst Year 7 covered a huge time period across three themes, the Year 8 curriculum focuses just on the 20th century and the rapid changes in the world that gave birth to our modern world.

In Year 8 students will explore some more complex political and moral themes. The relationships of class, Empire, Slavery and the the roles of men and women are explored. Students will gain an understanding of the complex and interconnected factors that caused both World Wars, and will gain a sense of empathy for what it was like to live through the greatest wars in History. Finally, the idea of good and evil will be explored, both through people, such as Hitler and Stalin, and actions such as the holocaust.

Masters and Servants

  • The Titanic
  • Attitudes to women and the Suffragettes

War and Peace

This topic looks at the complex and inter-related factors that cause war, especially the two world wars. In addition, students will gain a strong awareness of the development of warfare and how that caused different experiences for those living through the wars. Finally, students will study the attempts to keep peace between the wars such as the Treaty of Versailles and the League of Nations and why these measures failed.

  • Why do wars start?
  • The causes of World War I
  • Life in the Trenches
  • Weapons of World war I
  • How men were recruited
  • The failures of commanders like Haig
  • The Treaty of Versailles
  • The League of Nations
  • Who was to blame for World War II
  • Air raid shelter building
  • Rationing and food in WWII
  • Experiences of people at home
  • D-Day
  • The Atomic Bomb

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