Topic 4 Year 8 History 

Topic  World War one and the Peace Settlement 
No of lessons  16-19
When is it happening  Year 8 - Term 3
What will students learn Students will fulfil the requirement of studying challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day through the study of the First World War and the Peace Settlement 1914-1919.
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 understand the long and short term causes of WW1. Students will understand the recruitment and propaganda campaigns. Students will learn about the structure of trenches, conditions and experiences in the trenches, life of a soldier, medical conditions such as trench foot, trench fever and shell shock. Students will learn about trench warfare including the use of gas, machine guns and tanks. Students will develop an understanding of the Empire and Commonwealth troops. Students will study the key features of the Battle of the Somme and the importance of this battle locally, (Accrington Pals). Students will learn about the end of the war and the peace settlement, in particular the terms of the Treaty of Versailles 1919
This is knowledge that students may have met before but will need to deepen their understanding  Retrieving knowledge on life in 1900 and Britain before WW1 and the work of women in WW1. Retrieval of conditions and methods of warfare - Norman Conquest and the English Civil War.
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 study a range of sources relating to the Battle of the Somme, students will develop their inference skills. Students will learn to provide a balanced argument with a reasoned judgement using sources and own knowledge
This is skills that students may have met before but will need to develop  Students should already understand how to make inferences from sources and have some understanding of writing a balanced argument. Some students may have understood from women's suffrage how to write a reasoned judgement.
Key vocabulary that students should know and understand Long-term, Short-term, Trigger, Assassination, Alliances, British Expeditionary Force, Propaganda, Schlieffen Plan, Conscientious Objector, Pacifists, Front-line trench, No-Man's Land, Dug out, Duckboards, Parapet, Source, Battalion, Armistice, Treaty.
The Big Question  Was WW1 the War to end all wars?


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

Why did WW1 break out?
Why did the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand lead to a world war?
Did everyone want to fight?
What was trench warfare?
How did you survive the trenches?
Local history Somme enquiry
Did the Treaty of Versailles bring peace?