Year 7

In Year 7, students develop their understanding of History through inquiry-based learning and unpack three lines of inquiry that frame their study for the semester. The first line of inquiry, ‘What death teaches us about life’, requires students to consider ‘Historians as the forensic scientists of time and place’. This introduces students to the way that historians and archaeologists use and evaluate primary data. Students begin this study with an exciting ‘History Mystery’ and develop skills to investigate a historical phenomenon. The second line of inquiry ‘Out of Africa – What is a civilisation really?’ requires students to consider that ‘Civilisation may be a construct that devalues indigenous people’. They examine the migration of the first humans from Africa to Australia and some of the subsequent migrations using oral traditions, artefacts and historians’ interpretations as evidence. Finally, students apply their understanding of the concept of civilisation to a historical investigation into the impact and legacy of one further ancient civilisation.

1. Research Assignments (50%)
2. Course Work (50%)

Year 8

Year 8 Historians will be guided by an exciting curriculum that builds on the Year 7 programme by investigating three thought-provoking civilisations from the end of the ancient period to the beginning of the modern period, c.650AD (CE) – 1750. Students will examine the nature of exploration in each civilisation as it leads to conflict and colonisation and go on to analyse and compare the results of encounters between the conquerors and the conquered. Each unit of study highlights the social, political, economic, and religious foundations of the civilisations under investigation. Year 8 Historians will explore how the modern world began to take shape through three depth studies of the Viking era, Ancient Polynesia, and the Spanish exploration of the Americas.

Students will learn to apply historical concepts and skills such as sequencing chronology, using historical sources as evidence, identifying continuity and change and analysing cause and effect. They will also explicitly develop 21st century competencies such as: critical thinking; collaboration; in-depth research and inquiry skills; innovation; and presentation skills.

1. Research assignments (20%)
2. Tested classwork (30%)
3. Module/ journal (20%)
4. Essays (30%)



Group 3 - History
Year 11 and 12 - IB