History in Year 7

In year 7 pupils will study aspects of: Wales and Britain in the Medieval World

c. 1000-1500

This area of study includes some of these topics:

  • The Norman Conquest of Britain
  • Castles
  • Life in Medieval Society
  • The Black Death
  • The Peasants’ Revolt
  • Henry II and the murder of Becket
  • King John and Magna Carta
  • The Welsh Princes’ struggle for independence

During the year, your child will undertake 5 ASSESSMENT TASKS, designed to test and improve their historical skills

  1. September – Chronology and periods of History.
  2. December – A project on why castles changed.
  3. January – A research article describing life in the town.
  4. February/March – Examining the causes and consequences of the Black Death
  5. April/May – King John, a good or bad King?

Please ask your child how they are doing!

As a result of studying History, pupils will develop the ability to:

  • Explain the causes and consequences of events
  • Examine and evaluate evidence
  • Be aware of different points of view in History
  • Research and investigate topics
  • Communicate in ideas in a variety of ways

You can help by:

  • Providing plenty of appropriate READING material such as the “Horrible History” Series
  • Visiting historical sites such as Cosmeston Medieval Village, or local castles
  • Encouraging your child to use the internet for research purposes
  • Checking through written work and helping with punctuation and grammar
  • Ensuring your child completes set homework tasks

The following table is an outline of the work undertaken by pupils in Year 7




Speaking and Listening

Autumn (1st half term)

Reading between the lines – how writers reveal more than just the words on the page!

Task: Close reading essay.

Autobiography – looking at the rules of this type of writing and getting ideas about how to write their own.

Task: A Chapter from their own autobiography.

Introducing myself to new friends.

Task: Individual presentation to introduce themselves, interests / hobbies, etc, to new classmates and teacher.

Autumn (2nd half term)

The language of advertising – tricks of the trade.  Persuasive writing.

Task: Analysis of different adverts (print and televised).

Narrative writing – what makes a good story?

Task: Story writing.

The language of advertising – tricks of the trade. 

Task: Group advertising campaign linked to ‘Reading’ element of this half-term’s work.

Spring (1st half term)

Reading of different text types (articles, leaflets, speeches, brochures etc).

Task: Analysis of style, form and language of text types.


Task: Creation of own leaflet using ICT to enhance presentation.

Class discussion about different text  types – different styles of language, identifying an audience, etc.

Task: Whole class discussion.

Spring (2nd half term)

Class novel.

Task: Essay that focuses on a particular theme or character in the novel that is studied.

Descriptive writing – painting a picture with words!

Task: Descriptive writing piece to be entered in Eisteddfod competition.

Getting into character.

Task: Role-play tasks relating to characters in the novel read in class.

Summer (1st half term)

Poetry reading.

Task: Analysis / comparison of poems.

Writing to instruct.

Task: Writing a set of instructions.

Poetry reading.

Task: Shared reading of poetry (own poems and poems studied).

Summer (2nd half term)

Reading plays/scripts.

Task: Class reading of a modern play.

Writing scripts.

Task: Writing a script of their own.

Performing plays.

Task: Role –playing the characters in the class play.

A rigorous programme of ‘Assessment and Evaluation’ will run throughout the three terms. Language skills will also be evaluated meticulously.

You can help your child by:

  • Making sure that all homework (written in diaries) is completed

  • Reading with your child several times a week and talking about what you have read

  • Making sure that your child is reading a book ‘on the go’ at all times

  • Having plenty of reading material at home such as books, newspapers and magazines

  • Going through the spelling of words and testing your child on difficult words

  • Having a dictionary and thesaurus available for use at home

  • Discussing work that is being done and offering ideas and suggestions

  • Checking through written work and helping your child with punctuation, spelling and grammar

  • Helping your child use the internet for research purposes.