Learning
History

Subject Name

AUSVELS YR 8 HISTORY – Medieval History

Subject Description

The AUSVELS History course at Year 8 focusses on Medieval England, beginning with the end of the Roman Empire through to and including the Age of Exploration.This is followed by the Spanish Conquest of the Americas (c1492 – c1572), the reasons for the movements of peoples and the effects of change on indigenous societies.The third Depth Study looks at Japan under the Shoguns (c 794 – 1867) evaluating the roles of different groups throughout this period.The AUSVELS History course at Year 8 focusses on Medieval England, beginning with the end of the Roman Empire. It follows through until the Age of Exploration with particular focus on the Spanish Conquest of the Americas (c1492 – c1572), the reasons for the movements of peoples and the effects of change on indigenous societies.

Areas of Study / Historical Knowledge and Understanding

  • Medieval Europe (c.590 – c.1500)
  • The Spanish Conquest of the Americas (c.1492 – c.1572)

Historical Skills

Sequence historical events, developments and periods

Use historical terms and concepts

Write clearly structured essays

Take notes in own words when researching

Identify the origin and purpose of primary and secondary sources

Locate, compare, select and use information from a range of sources as evidence

Identify and describe points of view, attitudes and values in primary and secondary sources

Develop texts, particularly descriptions and explanations that use evidence from a range of sources that are acknowledged

Use a range of communication forms (oral, digital, graphical, written)

Achievement Standard

By the end of Level 8, students recognise and explain patterns of change and continuity over time. They explain the causes and effects of events and developments, identify the motives and actions of people and explain the significance of individuals and groups and how they were influenced by the beliefs and values of their society. They describe different interpretations of the past and sequence events and developments within a chronological framework. When researching, students develop questions to frame an historical inquiry. They analyse, select and organise information from primary and secondary sources and use it as evidence to answer inquiry questions. When interpreting sources, students identify their origin and purpose, explain different points of view and distinguish between fact and opinion. Students develop texts, particularly descriptions and explanations, incorporating analysis. In developing these texts, and organising and presenting their findings, they use historical terms and concepts, evidence identified in sources, and acknowledge their sources of information.

Assessment

Group Newspaper
Medieval Model and Presentation
Document Study and Essay
Semester Examination