Spring 2

To begin with, students will be investigating the story of Mansa Musa, the emperor of the Mali Empire between 1312 and 1337. This builds on students’ understanding of the Medieval world and how different kingdoms were connected. Students will explore the enquiry “What does the pilgrimage of Mansa Musa reveal about Medieval Africa?” Mansa Musa visited Mecca 1324, his journey is well documented and reveals much about his wealth and power within Africa. He is thought to be one of the wealthiest men to have ever lived. 

This is followed by an exploration of English expansion in Wales and Scotland and the way different groups were affected by this expansion in different ways. Pupils will learn how Edward I attempted to conquer and colonise these two parts of the British Isles, and the attempts to resist this conquest. In Wales, pupils will see that although the English colonisation was successful, Welsh culture survived. In Scotland, pupils will learn that rebellion and resistance against English conquest was more successful. 

How parents can get involved:

  • Ask your child to tell you the story that they learned after each history lesson
  • Ask your child to explain how Medieval Mali was connected to the world
  • Ask your child about any similarities or differences between the Islamic kingdoms in Asia compared to that of Africa 
  • Ask your child to explain how the British Isles was shaped by Edward I.

Spring 1

Students will begin the half term by examining the story of Alexios I, emperor of Constantinople during the First Crusade. Students will answer the question ‘How did Alexios’ empire survive’. Students will see how the conflict emerged in the Holy Land and the external threats to the Byzantine Empire.

How parents can get involved:

  • Parents can encourage students to read around the First Crusade using KS3 BBC bitesize or create a timeline of events of the First Crusade.

Autumn 2

This term, pupils will learn about how the world was connected in the years c1000. Students will examine how the world was connected, the growth of Baghdad as a centre of knowledge, the growth of Christianity in Europe and the Norman Invasion. This half term in particular, the students will investigate to what extent the Norman invasion of England changed life in England, from the top to the bottom of society. Additionally, students will see how the Normans were also active in the rest of Europe, in their attempts to spread Christianity. This will tie in their learning from the beginning of the term, as the students will see how the Western world interacted with the Muslim Empires of the East, leading to the First Crusade of 1095.

How parents can get involved:

  • Ask your child to locate the places being studied on a map and explain how different places are connected.
  • Ask your child to explain what enabled Baghdad to grow, how Christianity spread and how the world was connected.

Autumn 1

This term, pupils will learn about how the world was connected in the years c1000. Students will examine how the world was connected, the growth of Baghdad as a centre of knowledge, the growth of Christianity in Europe and the Norman Invasion.

How parents can get involved:

  • Ask your child to locate the places being studied on a map and explain how different places are connected.
  • Ask your child to explain what enabled Baghdad to grow, how Christianity spread and how the world was connected.