Topic 1 Year 7 History

Topic  Norman Conquest
No of lessons  Between 14-18
When is it happening  Year 7 Term 1
What will students learn Students develop their understanding of the development of Church state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509. This covers the origin and consequences of the Norman Conquest. Students develop their causation skills and begin to consider the effects on England and the English.
Key Knowledge that students should know at the end of 'Topic' This is the knowledge that students will meet for the first time in this topic  Students will learn about the succession crisis in 1066, the contenders to the throne and events that led to William's victory in 1066 including the Battle of Stamford Bridge and Hastings. Students will consider the implications of Norman rule on England and the English including the Feudal System, the Harrying of the North and the Doomsday Book.
This is knowledge that students may have met before but will need to deepen their understanding  Some students may have an understanding of who William the Conqueror was and a basic understanding of the Battle of Hastings in addition to a compulsory study at KS2 of the Anglo-Saxons.
Key Skills that students should be able to demonstrate at the end of 'Topic' This is the skills  that students will meet for the first time in this topic Students will develop their skills in causal explanations - the reasons why William won the Battle of Hastings.  Students will also develop their skills in writing a balanced argument - ability to see the positive and negative effects of the Norman Conquest.
This is skills that students may have met before but will need to develop  Students may have some understanding of explanations and causation from KS2. This will be developed further to consolidate what a causal explanation is. Students may have some understanding of positive and negative effects this will be developed further into a structured balanced argument.
Key vocabulary that students should know and understand

Anglo Saxon, Earl, Earldom, Harvest, Rented, Traded, Monasteries, Chronicle, Heir, Succession, Housecarl, Fyrd, Foot-soldiers, Archers, Knights, Shield-wall, Normans, Feigned retreat, Norman Conquest, Motte and Bailey castle, Resistance, Rebellion, Harrying, Hierarchy, Feudal System, Baron, Peasants, Commissioners, Doomsday Book.

The Big Question  Was William the Conqueror a Good King?


 Key questions that students should be able to answer at the end of the 'Topic'



What was England like before 1066?
Why was 1066 a crisis year?
What should Harold do?
Who was most prepared for the Battle of Hastings?
Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?
How did William take control of England?
How did William remove his opposition?
How did William control England peacefully?
What can the Domesday Book tell us about the Norman Conquest?