Overview:

Our Key stage 3 History curriculum is designed to allow students the opportunity to develop their Historical skills alongside learning exciting and new content. The whole curriculum has been created to demonstrate to students the differences and similarities over large periods of time. Themes such as immigration and invasion will be developed and used at the end of semester to measure the significance and implication of different dynasties on Britain.

The KS3 history curriculum allows for all students of all abilities to achieve and receive a rounded education.

Year 7 Overview:

The year 7 curriculum begins with an in depth look into the Romans, Vikings and Saxons. The impact of these 3 groups will be investigated and their influence will be investigated. The curriculum allows for investigation in different aspects of society such as religion, language and law. With the main aim of the curriculum being that students gain an understanding into “arcs of time” the early Britain paper will be compared to other significant time periods in Britain. These periods include the Norman invasion, Medieval life in England, the Tudors and an in depth study into what life in Britain was like under Oliver Cromwell. All of these different topics will be assessed at the end of every semester and students will receive feedback continuously throughout the year. The main aims of the course are to show that History and Historical themes do run through different time periods and can be compared, demonstrating to students clearly what is responsible for shaping Britain the way it is.

 

Semester 1

Romans, Saxons and Vikings: What was so GREAT about them?

  • Historical Skill Focus

  • Exploring Significance

Semester 2

Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?

  • Historical Skill Focus

  • Causeand Consequence

Semester 3

What was life like in the Middle Ages?

  • Historical Skill Focus

  • Source Enquiry

Semester 4

Were the crusades heroic or pointless?

  • Historical Skill Focus

  • Historical Interpretation

Semester 5

Power and the People (Church, Gender, Race)

  • Historical Skill Focus

  • Cause and Consequence

Semester 6

Local History Study

  • HistoricalSkill Focus

  • Changeand Continuity

Year 8 Overview:

The latest year 8 curriculum has been deigned to give the students the opportunity to explore ideas, political power, industry and Empire in Britain. They will do this through looking into different periods that have shaped the world, such as the Industrial Revolution, the Transatlantic slave trade and the impact of the British empire around the world. These themes allow students to investigate the impact that Britain has had on the rest of world alongside the way that Britain changed with its growing wealth. A balanced point of view will be investigated when looking into themes such as the Empire and students will be encouraged to come to their own conclusions. World War One and Two will also be investigated in detail and a trip to the battlefields in France and Belgium will be availiable to all year 8 learners.

 

Semester 1 

How can we use sources to investigate slavery?

  • Historical Skill Focus

  • SourceEnquiry

Semester 2

'The war to end all wars’; how far did World War One change the way wars are fought?

  • Historical Skill Focus

  • Change and Continuity

 

Semester 3

From persecution to mass murder: how did the Holocaust happen?

  • Historical Skill Focus

  • SourceEnquiry

Semester 4

Villains through Time: Is History always right?

(JuliusCaesar/ Josef Stalin)

  • Historical Skill Focus

  • Historical Interpretation

Semester 5

How successful can protesting be?

(Matchstick Girls/ Suffragettes/ Civil Rights)

  • Historical Skill Focus

  • Causeand Consequence

Semester 6

How did Britain change between 1750-1900?

  • Historical Skill Focus

  • Change and Continuity

  • Historical Interpretation

Useful links

Excellent sites to use to start researching historical topics

http://www.spartacus.schoolnet.co.uk

www.learningcurve.gov.uk

 
Interactive activities, which are especially useful for revising  

www.activehistory.co.uk

Interesting activities
  • Hunterian Museum
  • Museum of London
  • Imperial War Museum