Key Stage 3
The Key Stage 3 History curriculum follows a thematic course. Throughout the three years students will not only gain subject knowledge of Britain and the world from Roman times to present day but will also become experts in the skills of source analysis, explaining significance and creating and structuring an argument.
Our Most Able students are encouraged to stretch and challenge their learning beyond the classroom and can partake in our 'loyalty' scheme where they can win prizes for evidence of further study.
In Year 7, students study 'The changing lives of ordinary people over time.' This includes delving into the lives of Medieval peasants, investigating why Tudor and Stuart people believed in witchcraft and finding out what it was like in a factory during the Industrial Revolution. Their knowledge and skills will be assessed on each of these topics. They will also have the opportunity to take part in the department competition to produce the best historical model- prizes are available!
Year 8 students study the rule makers and rule breakers - looking at the lives of the British monarchy and how power has shifted from monarchs to 'peasants' over time. They will also investigate the British Empire and the resulting slave trade. This will lead them on to look at the Civil Rights movement in the USA. Students will have assessments on the Normans, the Reformation and Exploration.
During Year 9, students are more fully prepared for studying History at GCSE level. The focus of this year is 20th Century warfare - looking at the impact that war had on civilians, as well as the reasons for the wars themselves. Students will cover World War I, World War II, the Cold War and the ongoing War on Terror. A lot of the content of this course encourages emotional responses from students particularly, the study of the Holocaust. Students will be assessed on the build up to World War I, the social impact of World War I and the end of World War II.