Topic 2 Year 7 History

History
Topic  Life in the Middle Ages
No of lessons  Between 14-17
When is it happening  Year 7 Term 1/2
What will students learn Students increase their knowledge and understanding of the development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509. The students will learn about society, economy and culture in Medieval Britain and through the study of the monarchy, how power shifts and changes as a result of challenges throughout this period.
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 the key features of life in Medieval England, focusing on structure and activities in the towns and the life of peasants. Students will learn about the social structure and position of women. Students will learn about the importance of the Church. Students will explore health and hygiene through the Black Death. Students will consider the changes in power through medieval case studies; Beckett, the Magna Carta and the Peasants Revolt.
This is knowledge that students may have met before but will need to deepen their understanding  Students will be recalling the features of the Feudal System and a basic understanding of society through their previous study of the Doomsday Book.
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 inference and source skills through the study of Doom Paintings.  Students will begin to develop their ability to assess significance using one of Christine Counsell’s suggested 5 Rs, in this case revealing.
This is skills that students may have met before but will need to develop  Students may have looked at and used sources at KS2 but few will understand what an inference is. Students may have looked at a significant event or person but may have a superficial understanding of the criteria involved in assessing significance.
Key vocabulary that students should know and understand Century, Catholic, Hierarchy, Clergy, Nobility, Monk, Lord, Archbishop, Villein, Merchant, sources, archaeologists, Harvest, Monastery, Guild, Inference, Doom paintings, Barons, Miasma, Physician, Pilgrimage, Self-flagellation, Revolt.
The Big Question  Were the Middle Ages really so miserable?

 

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


 

 

How was society structured in the Middle Ages?
Was life tough for villagers?
Was life better for people in towns?
Was life tough for women?
How important was the Church to ordinary people?
How did the Church challenge the monarch?
How did the Barons challenge the monarch?
How did the Black Death challenge society?
How did the peasants challenge the monarch?
What does the Black Death reveal about life in the Middle Ages?