Year 1 -- early history, focusing on people rather than events
Year 2 -- British History: 1000 AD - Middle Ages
Year 3 -- Church History: The Reformation in detail
World History: 1400 - 1600 (Renaissance to Reformation)
Year 4 -- Australian History: The discovery of Australia and the explorers
World History: 1700's up to the French Revolution and American Revolution
Year 5 -- Australian History: Gold, sheep and bushrangers
World History:1800 to 1920 up to WWI
Year 6 -- Australian History: The World Wars up to the present day
World History: end of WWI to present day, then a term in ancient history
Ambleside Online's history rotation is basically a history of Western civilisation with an emphasis on America's roots in Western/British history. They schedule two rotations of history throughout the 12 years of a student's education, starting at Year 1 with the early middle ages, and progressing chronologically until Year 6 when ancient history is introduced.
Their rotation without amendments is shown here:
Year 1 -- early history, focusing on people rather than eventsIt is our intention to try to adhere to the AO rotation as closely as possible - after all, in that way much of the hard work is done for us! The main problem is that Australian history prior to the 1800's is very limited, causing problems in Year 3. We don't plan on doing all of the American history obviously, although we do read the biographies in Year 1 and 2.
Year 2 --1000 AD - Middle Ages
Year 3 -- 1400 - 1600 (Renaissance to Reformation)
Year 4 -- 1700's up to the French Revolution and American Revolution
Year 5 -- 1800 to 1920 up to WWI
Year 6 -- end of WWI to present day, then a term in ancient history
Year 7 -- 800-1400's Middle Ages (Alfred, King Arthur, Joan of Arc)
Year 8 -- 1400-1600's (Reniassance to Reformation)
Year 9 -- 1688-1815 including French and American revolutions
Year 10 --1815-1901 including the American Civil War
Year 11 -- 20th Century
Year 12 -- ancient history
Our solution is to spend Year 3 doing an in depth study of the Reformations of Europe and Scotland, focussing on our Reformed Presbyterian roots. We study Luther, Knox and Calvin in depth during this year.
Years 1 and 2 we use AO history as written with minor amendments in Year 2 where instead of the first few chapters of This Country of Ours we read from Alan Boardman's Great Events in Australia's History, which tells the stories of the First Fleet, the crossing of the Blue Mountains and Eureka Stockade along with Roland Harvey's amusing illustrations.
Books for Year 4 include the relevant chapters of Our Empire Story by H. E. Marshall; Arthur Baillie's Our Sunburnt Country and Eve Pownell's Exploring Australia, amongst others. Some Australian literature will bulk out the year.
There will, no doubt, be changes along the way... I'll keep you posted!