Year 9


Autumn Term: Storming of the Bastille Videos


Year 9 students were given an interactive newsfeed outlining the events of the Storming of the Bastille in 1789. They then had to produce a biased newspaper report, radio broadcast or TV newsflash - either from a Royalist or Revolutionary perspective. Some of the best examples of the TV newsflashes are shown here.



By Molly
By Emily




By Liam
By Sarah





Summer Term: The Abolition of the Slave Trade Balloon Debate


Rules of the Balloon Debate
Shortest version:
▪ Students will be put into groups of five. Each group occupies one "balloon".
▪ The hot air balloons are overloaded. Each will crash into a mountainside and everyone will perish unless four members of the balloon can be thrown overboard.
▪ The first group of 5 will stand at the front of the class. Each member of the balloon must explain why they should be the person chosen to survive.
▪ The other members of the class will vote to decide who stays in the balloon. The process is repeated for the other balloons. The "finalists" then have to go head-to-head in a final debate to produce an overall victor.
Longer version:
▪ The key difference is that voting takes place over several rounds.
▪ The vote does not produce an immediate "winner" within the balloon, but merely decides who gets thrown out first (the person with the least votes).
▪ In further rounds, speakers should be invited to:
(a) Explain which other person in the balloon deserves to stay alive;
(b) Explain which other person in the balloon deserves to be thrown out;
(c) Explain why their contributions are more important than anyone else's.
▪ As the occupancy of each balloon dwindles, the teacher may wish to change the membership of each balloon to keep the debate fresh and challenging.

Research Projects from Year 9 Students


Haghayeghi, Hamish
William Lloyd Garrison
11
21
1


Jones, Ethan
Elizabeth Pease
13
18
0


Szczurowski, Oliver
Frederick Douglass
12
22
4


Molete, Thuto
Tousaint L’Ouverture
11
22
0


Hernando-Serrano, Laura
Granville Sharp
10
16
5
DEAD

Jennings, Cameron
Olaudah Equiano
13
16
10
DEAD

McLean, Thomas
Thomas Clarkson
10
16
7
DEAD

Morales, Pablo
Sojourner Truth
11
24
6
DEAD

Rutherford, Niall
James Ramsay
14
18
9
DEAD

Vasconcelos, Cinthia
Josiah Wedgwood
10
17
12
DEAD

Ogden, Grace
William Wilberforce
0
13
DEAD


Trigg, Michael
Harriet Beecher Stowe
9
DEAD



Clist, Alexander
Nat Turner
6
DEAD



Southwell, Alice
Elizabeth Heyrick
7
DEAD



Newman, David
John Brown
6
DEAD



Peterson, Meghan
???
DEAD




Riaza-Diaz, Alejandra
Harriet Tubman
DEAD




Wardle, Alexa
Leonard Parkinson
DEAD







The Birth of the British Empire Video by Mick Trigg