Year 7 History

Year 7 – Ancient History

A semester-long subject taken by all students, either in first or second semester.

Rationale

The Year 7 curriculum provides a study of the history of human communities to the end of the ancient period (approximately 3000 BC – 650 AD). It was a period defined by the development of cultural practices and organised societies. The study of the ancient world includes the discoveries (the remains of the past and what we know) and the mysteries (what we do not know) about this period of history, in a range of societies including Greece, Rome and China. The content provides opportunities to develop historical understanding through key concepts, including evidence, continuity and change, cause and effect, perspectives, empathy, significance and contestability. These concepts are investigated within a particular historical context to facilitate an understanding of the past and to provide a focus for historical inquiries.

Course Objectives

By the end of the course, students will be able to answer the following key questions:

  • How do we know about the ancient past?
  • Why and where did the earliest societies develop?
  • What emerged as the defining characteristics of ancient societies?
  • What have been the legacies of ancient societies

Content

  • Investigating the Ancient Past How History is investigated; date systems; types of evidence; conservation of the past; origins and features of civilisations; Ancient Troy mystery case study.
  • The Mediterranean world: Rome Influence of geographical features; key event timeline; social groups; belief systems incl. spread of Christianity; death and gladiators; warfare and the spread of empire; Julius Caesar case study.
  • The Asian world: China Influence of geographical features; key event timeline; social groups; belief systems (focus on everyday life); development and expansion; Shi Huangdi case study.

Assessment

  • Assessment tasks include the student’s personal workbook containing all class notes, activities, homework and handouts; topic tests, mind mapping, case studies, research tasks, classroom learning activities, evidence analysis activities and an examination.