Learning
History

Subject Name

 Year 7 History 
 

In Level 7 students study history from the time of the earliest human communities to the end of the ancient period, approximately 60 000 BC (BCE) – c.650 AD (CE). The Ancient period was defined by the development of cultural practices and organised societies. Students will apply the following historical concepts and skills to the historical knowledge: sequencing chronology, using historical sources as evidence, identifying continuity and change, analysing causes and effect and determining historical significance. 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 Australia, Rome and China as follows:

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples and Cultures        

How physical or geographical features influenced the development of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples’ communities, foundational stories and land management practices. The significant beliefs, values and practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and cultures including trade with other communities, causes and effects of warfare, and death and funerary customs. The nature of sources of evidence about ancient Australia and what they reveal about Australia’s ancient past, such as the use of resources. The importance of conserving the remains of the ancient past, including the heritage, culture and artefacts of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples.

Ancient Societies of the Mediterranean: ROME

How physical features influenced the development of Rome. Changes in society and the perspectives of key groups effected by change including the influence of law and religion.  Significant beliefs, values and practices with a particular emphasis on changes to everyday life and the causes and effects of warfare, of contacts and conflicts with other societies and/or peoples, resulting in developments such as expansion of trade, colonisation and war, and spread of beliefs. The role and achievements of a significant individual and the different methods and sources used by historians and archaeologists to investigate history.

The Asian-Pacific World: CHINA

How physical features influenced the development China. Changes in society and the perspectives of key groups effected by change including the influence of law and religion. Significant beliefs, values and practices with a particular emphasis on changes to everyday life and perspectives of death and funerary customs. Students study the causes and effects of contacts and conflicts with other societies / peoples, resulting in developments such as expansion of trade, colonisation and war, as well as the spread of beliefs and the role and achievements of a significant individual in an ancient society. 

Curriculum Strands

  • Historical Concepts and Skills
  • Historical Knowledge

 

Assessment

  • Investigative Essay
  • Research Project
  • Semester Examination