The Year 7 curriculum provides a study of history from the time of the earliest human communities to the end of the ancient period, approximately 60 000 BC (BCE) – c.650 AD (CE). It was a period defined by the development of cultural practices and organised societies. The study of the ancient world includes the discoveries (the remains of the past and what we know) and the mysteries (what we do not know) about this period of history, in a range of societies including Australia, Greece and India.
The content provides opportunities to develop historical understanding through key concepts, including evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy, significance and contestability. These concepts are investigated within a particular historical context to facilitate an understanding of the past and to provide a focus for historical inquiries.
1. Research Assignments (25%)
2. Essays (25%)
3. Tested Classwork (25%)
4. Module/Journal (25%)
The Year 8 curriculum provides a study of history from the end of the ancient period to the beginning of the modern period, c.650 AD (CE) – 1750, when major civilisations around the world came into contact with each other. Social, economic, religious, and political beliefs were often challenged and significantly changed. It was the period when the modern world began to take shape. Depth studies of Medieval Europe, the Asia-Pacific world (Khmer Empire, Japan under the Shoguns and the Polynesian expansion) and the Spanish conquest of the Americas.
This unit is taught using a Project Based Learning approach where students are encouraged to use their knowledge to create something to contribute to the real world, rather than simply knowing information about historical events and concepts. This is a method in which students gain knowledge, skills and understanding by working for an extended period of time to investigate and respond to a complex challenge. One important feature of this type of learning is the implicit and explicit teaching of 21st century competencies, such as critical thinking, collaboration and innovation, in-depth inquiry and the use of a public audience.
1. Research and Presentation (30%)
2. Assignment (40%)
3. Project (30%)