KS3 Humanities (Yr 8)

Curriculum Overview

Point in Year

Unit of Work Title

Starting Point

Curriculum Content

Core Knowledge

Curriculum Content

Core Skills

Mid-term and Final  Assessments

Autumn Term 1

Ideas, political power, industry and Empire: Britain, 1745-1901

HISTORY

  • The British Empire
  • The Americas and Slavery
  • Enquiry – at the heart of schemes of work and understanding Chronology
  • Literate – Use of quality text; opportunities to extend vocabulary and develop extended writing.
  • Knowledge giving a broad and deep content making connections.
  • To analyse and ‘thinking deeper’ to answer the main end of topic question.

Extended Written Task

 

End of Topic Assessment

Autumn Term 2

Ideas, political power, industry and Empire: Britain, 1745-1901

HISTORY

  • The Americas and Slavery Continued.
  • The Industrial Revolution
  • Enquiry – at the heart of schemes of work and understanding Chronology
  • Literate – Use of quality text; opportunities to extend vocabulary and develop extended writing. Knowledge – Broad and deep content making connections and developing skills.
  • Inference of source materials and understanding historical concepts e.g. change and continuity, similarities and differences
  • To analyse the significance the Industrial Revolution.

Extended Written Task

 

 

End of Topic Assessment- December Data

Spring Term 1

Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day

HISTORY

  • World War I
  • The Rise of the Dictators
  • World War II
  • Enquiry – at the heart of schemes of work and understanding Chronology
  • Literate – Use of quality text; opportunities to extend vocabulary and develop extended writing.
  • Inference of source materials and understanding historical concepts e.g. change and continuity, similarities and differences.
  • To analyse and ‘thinking deeper’ to answer the main end of topic question.
  • Also construct historical arguments making judgements.

Extended Written Task

 

 

End of Topic Assessment- History & Geography- Spring Data

Spring Term 2

How are populations changing?

 

 

 

How is Asia being transformed?

GEOGRAPHY

  • Where do people live, and why ?
  • Can we control population size ?
  • Why and where do people migrate ?
  • What is urbanisation ?
  • How are populations changing ?
  • How is Asia being transformed ?
  • How does India rely on the monsoon climate ?
  • How do floods threaten lives in Asia?
  • How does life adapt to the mountain biome?
  • How is urbanisation changing lives ?
  • Enquiry – at the heart of schemes for learning
  • Knowledge – Broad and deep content making connections and developing skills
  • Literate – Use of quality text; opportunities to extend vocabulary and develop extended writing
  • Communication – Knowledge informed discussion about enquiry topics

End of Topic Assessment

Summer Term 1

Will we ever know enough about earthquakes and volcanoes to live safely?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What are the opportunities and challenges facing Africa

GEOGRAPHY

  • Can we ever know enough about volcanoes and earthquakes to live safely ?
  • Do continents fit together like jigsaw pieces ?
  • Where are the world’s earthquakes, volcanoes and mountain belts ?
  • What is happening beneath our feet ?
  • What do we know about earthquakes ?
  • Can people manage risk living in earthquake zones ?
  • What  do we know about volcanoes ?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities facing Africa ?
  • What is the physical landscape of Africa ?
  • How has Africa’s past shaped its present ?
  • How developed are African countries ?
  • Is there a future for the Sahel ?
  • What are the challenges and opportunities of urbanisation in Africa ?
  • Enquiry – at the heart of schemes for learning
  • Knowledge – Broad and deep content making connections and developing skills
  • Literate – Use of quality text; opportunities to extend vocabulary and develop extended writing
  • Communication – Knowledge informed discussion about enquiry topics

Summer Term 2

Why is the Middle East an important world region?

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

What is the future for the planet?

GEOGRAPHY

  • Why is the Middle East an important world region?
  • How does physical geography influence the Middle East?
  • What problems does the climate of the Middle East create for the region?
  • Why is the population of the Middle East so diverse?
  • Why is the Middle East a major economic region of the World?
  • How has the United Arab Emirates developed?
  • Why is Yemen the poorest country in the Middle East?
  • Why is there ongoing conflict in the Middle East?
  • What is the future for the planet?
  • What is the evidence for climate change?
  • What are the causes of climate change?
  • What are the consequences of climate change?
  • What can we do about climate change?
  • Enquiry – at the heart of schemes for learning
  • Knowledge – Broad and deep content making connections and developing skills
  • Literate – Use of quality text; opportunities to extend vocabulary and develop extended writing
  • Communication – Knowledge informed discussion about enquiry topics

End of Topic Assessment- Summer data