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History / Year 8 / Historical Knowledge and Understanding

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Curriculum content descriptions

The way of life in Medieval Europe (social, cultural, economic and political features) and the roles and relationships of different groups in society (ACDSEH008)

Elaborations
  • describing the structure of feudal society (for example, the role and responsibilities of the king, nobles, church, knights and peasants)
General capabilities
  • Critical and creative thinking Critical and creative thinking
  • Intercultural understanding Intercultural understanding
  • Personal and social capability Personal and social capability
  • Ethical understanding Ethical understanding
ScOT terms

Middle Ages,  Social history,  Lifestyles,  Feudalism

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Good and bad medicine in Medieval Europe

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How to smell like a Norman knight

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Trading for food in Medieval Europe

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A woman's life in Medieval Europe

What was life like for women in Medieval Europe? Did they enjoy the same rights and opportunities as men? In this clip, learn about the roles of peasant women and the lives they could expect to lead. This clip is one in a series of five.

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Rough justice in Medieval Europe

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Working for a living in Medieval England

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Assessment

Year 8 history assessment - Medieval eclipse

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Knights

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Tournaments and jousting

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Trebuchets and sieges

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Biography: Federation people: Andrew Inglis Clark

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