History in Year 8

In year 8 pupils will study aspects of: Wales and Britain in the early modern world


This area of study includes some of these topics:

  • The Voyages of Discovery
  • The Spanish Conquest of the Aztecs
  • Henry VIII, his character, wives and policies
  • The break with Rome
  • The Acts of Union
  • Religious changes in the 16th century
  • The reign of Elizabeth I – dealing with the poor, Elizabethan life, the Spanish Armada
  • The Gunpowder Plot
  • Causes and events of the civil war 1642-49
  • The Commonwealth and Restoration

During the year, your child will undertake 4 ASSESSMENT TASKS designed to test and improve their historical skills:

  1. October – Produce a booklet on the life and achievements of Christopher Columbus.
  2. December – Henry VIII and the Acts of Union
  3. January – Research, design and produce a  booklet on the Spanish Armada
  4. May – Evaluate evidence on King Charles I – Hero or Villain?

Remember to ask your child how they are doing!

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

  • Explain causes and consequences of events
  • Examine and evaluate evidence
  • Explain different interpretations of History
  • Research and investigate topics
  • Communicate in a variety of ways

You can help by:

  • Provide plenty of appropriate reading materials such as the “Horrible History” series.
  • Encourage your child to use the internet for research purposes e.g. www.historyworld.net
  • Check through written work and help with punctuation and grammar
  • Stress the need to write full, detailed answers
  • Visit historical sites such as local castles, big pit or any museum
  • Encourage your child to develop an inquisitive nature and to respect the past!