Unit 1: Identity

Humanities Expectations

Unit 1

Big Idea: Our sense of self, and that of others, is continually developing through our different interactions and impacts on how we exist in the world.

Driving Question –  What does it mean to me to be a Londoner?

Unit Overview: What am I learning? You will learn about life in London today and through time, the common features of ‘social’ life, how life for people changed and which features remained the same across time. Throughout you will link your emerging knowledge to your developing understanding of what it means to be a Londoner and what has helped create this identity. Through History Masterclasses you will look at the events of and life within Roman London, Medieval London, 19th Century London, 20th Century London and link it into 21st Century London. Through Geography Masterclasses you will explore through the features of 21st century life within London using data sets including those derived from the 2011 census. Through Philosophy, RE & Ethics Masterclasses you will explore your own faith and ethical identity as a modern Londoner considering ideas such as hard determinism and free will.

How will I learn? After learning about 21st Century London, and thinking about a London identity, you will collaborate to plan, research, record and teach others about life in one of the 4 periods above. You will analyse the nature of Change and Continuity within the evolution of the London identity. MC’s will help you develop K&U of these different time periods and will focus on developing appropriate communication skills.

Why am I learning this? London is an exciting and fascinating global city but why has it come to be such a place? You are a Londoner and what does that mean to you and as an identity what has contributed to it? Perhaps through this study you will enhance your sense of community, as well as your knowledge of London’s past.  How will I be assessed? You will be assessed through a final diagram which will draw together all Humanities subjects and the skills outlined below.

Within History you are being assessed on your skill Communication of the past; Change and Continuity. This will be assessed formatively in week 4/5 and summatively in week 5/6 through your ability to identify and analyse features of social life from across the ages in your final Identity Poster.

Within Geography you are being assessed on your skill of data interpretation and analysis.  Also cause-impact relationship.

Within Philosophy, Religion & Ethics you are being assessed on your skill of using philosophical arguments to explain change.

Big Questions, History: To what extent has the identity of a Londoner changed over time?

Big Questions, Geography:  To what extent does growing up in London provide more opportunities than challenges?

Session 1 & 2 Slides:

Home Learning Session 1 & 2 Knowledge Harvest Activities: Assess what you already know about the history and identity of London.

1: Click here and complete within the first week of the Unit. You will be emailed with your responses so that you can improve upon your knowledge and gain 100% on the end of Unit Knowledge Test. 



More resources to follow 



CGL Research Planning Sheet: Print out a copy of this sheet to plan the CGL investigation.

Research Planning Sheet

End of Unit Knowledge Test:

Click here to complete the end of Unit test. Remember you are aiming to get over 85%. You can only do it once so make sure you have revised and you are ready.

Tradition: Knowledge Questions

  1. What does the word Empire mean?
  2. Name one type of Imperialism.
  3. Name three countries that were part of the British Empire.
  4. Which country within the Empire was known as the Jewel in the Crown?
  5. The British Empire was largest on which continent?
  6. Which monarchs ruled Britain when the Empire began to grow and when it was at its peak of power?
  7. Give one valid reason for why Britain wanted an Empire.
  8. Which other country did Britain complete with the most to gain a bigger Empire?
  9. Which powerful country today used to be part of the British Empire?
  10. When did this country leave the British Empire?
  11. The British Empire began with maritime explorations in which century?
  12. After which war did most of Britain territories become independent?
  13. Complete this sentence relating to the British Empire, ‘The Sun…..’
  14. What resource did Egypt have lots of which made is desirable to Britain?
  15. Who was the General who helped Britain seize control of Canada?
  16. Which African Empire and culture was destroyed when the British took over their lands?
  17. Britain traded slaves in the early part of their Empire. This trade was part of a bigger trade network. What was this trade network called?
  18. Which island became Britain’s first slave colony in the Caribbean?
  19. Which famous author wrote many books set within the British Empire?
  20. The British Empire has ended but which former empire countries are part of the Commonwealth?

Knowledge Quiz – 2

1, What is ‘Parliamentary Privilege’?
2, What are the 4 Privileges petitioned by Parliament to the Monarch?
3, When was Shirley’s Case?
4, When did the Thirty Year War start and end?
5, When did Buckingham and Charles go on the ‘Madrid Trip’?
6, Name the key differences between the Puritan and Catholic religions in England in early 1600s.
7, What was published in 1611?
8, When was the Hampton Court Conference?
9, What were Bancroft’s Canons?
10, When did each of James’ Parliaments begin and end?

Knowledge Quiz – 1

1, How much was James spending by 1614?
2, What was the Book of Bounty?
3, What was Tonnage and Poundage?
4, What were the three ways the Monarch make money?
5, What was wardship?
6, What was Purveyance?
7, Who was Lord Treasurer from 1608?
8, What did The Great Contract offer James?
9, Who was James’ first favorite?
10, When was James I first Parliament?
Define these key words:

Political Nation


  1. Which individual is considered to be the father of modern Communism?
  2. What features does a dictatorship have?
  3. Who was the first dictator?
  4. A system of rule by a King is called what?
  5. A system of rule by the people (through the election of representatives) is called what?
  6. The ‘carrot and stick approach’ to leadership refers to what methods of rule?
  7. Who ruled the 5 major counties involved in World War Two?
  8. Martin Luther King is famous for his leadership of what organisation?
  9. Who are the leaders of the three main political parties within England?
  10. The political system within the United Kingdom in called what?