Hi, any ideas or suggestions for the following would be greatly appreciated. I've been asked to look at updating the Year 8 curriculum for my department. Following on from Year 7 (medieval political and social history from 1066-1550) we cover the following topics: * Elizabeth I * Spanish Armada * the Gunpowder Plot * Minority communities and the poor * Lives of married women * Causes of the Civil War * Interregnum * Restoration * Scientific revolution * European exploration (which leads into slavery and the Industrial Revolution at the start of Year 9) As a department, we're looking for individual topics and lessons which can engage our pupils, but also for an overall theme to give to the year, perhaps a central enquiry question that can be referred back to. At our last department meeting, we agreed that, compared to Year 7 and 9, it's hard to say what Year 8 is really about. So, I'd be grateful for your thoughts on particular topics that your classes have enjoyed, and also examples of how you structure Year 8. Thanks.