Key Stage 3

Students develop their knowledge and understanding of a range of historical periods, key people and events.

Studies include: The Romans and Medieval Realms in Year 7, The Tudors and Stuarts and the Industrial Revolution in Year 8 and the 20th Century World in Year 9.

Through these studies students practice and develop evaluative and analytical skills to study a range of sources of evidence which include written, visual and audio visual clips. A range of teaching and learning strategies are used and developed across Key Stage 3 History with opportunities for independent research, thinking skills enquiries, group work and paired work tasks. Students will be expected to communicate their knowledge in a number of ways such as: essay writing, class presentations, newspaper reports, debate and historical drama. Students are encouraged to use transferable skills such as ICT, numeracy and literacy within lessons.

Year 7

In Year 7 students begin their studies in the Autumn term with a unit ‘What is History’ which introduces the key skills/ terms etc. we use when studying history.

They then study ‘The Romans’ which covers the beginnings of the Roman Republic and life in Rome and then focusses on the Roman Invasion of Britain and its impact on Britain today.

In the spring and summer term they study ‘Medieval Realms’ which looks at the Norman Invasion of Britain and some of the key features of the Medieval World.

Year 8

Students study the Tudor and Stuart period and look at European ideas of Renaissance and Reformation and its impact on Tudor England. We also look at some of the key events such as the Armada and the English Civil War.

Year 9

Students study the British Empire and complete a depth study on the Transatlantic Slave Trade. They study the fight for the vote and then the major events of World War, including the causes of the war and the Treaty of Versailles. In the Summer term students study Nazi Germany and the Holocaust and World War 2.