Welcome to History at Key Stage 3
Our Key Stage 3 history curriculum opens students’ eyes to the past across a wide expanse of time and into many different parts of the world. We approach history in a number of ways, balancing the need for detailed knowledge with opportunities for research, analysis and independent project work. Students, whether they continue with history beyond KS3 or not, develop vital skills in interpreting, analysing and critically evaluating evidence; as well as developing their literacy skills. Students have the opportunity to engage with the past and gain a wide knowledge to help them better understand the world today.
We introduce students to key skills and concepts throughout the year, such as change/continuity, significance, interpretation and the use of source evidence. This is done as we examine the medieval period. Students’ focus on such as 1066- the causes, events and consequences- as well as life in Medieval Britain, Thomas Becket, King John, the Crusades, Black Death and the Peasants’ Revolt. Year 7 also offers students the opportunity to write their first history essays at different points during the year. We end the year with a study of Roman Britannia.
The Year 8 course carries on from Year 7 and focuses on Britain c.1500-1900. Building on the skills learnt previously, students investigate questions such as:
How much did Henry VIII change the Church in England?
Was Mary Bloody?
Why was there a Civil War in the 1640s?
Was Oliver Cromwell a hero or a villain?
Why did Britain’s population explode after 1750?
In the second half of the year, the focus is Industry and Empire. In June we go to the Black Country living museum so that students can better understand living and working conditions in industrial Britain.
In Year 9, pupils study the 20th Century. After examining Britain before WW1, pupils look at World War 1 in considerable depth- why did it start, why it was so bloody, what kind of man was Field Marshal Haig being among the key questions discussed. This leads onto the inter-war period and how WW1 shaped the world and contributed to the rise of Hitler and WW2. Pupils will also study the Holocaust, before finishing the year by looking at how Britain was changed by WW2 and gradually became the country we now recognise. A key focus during Year 9 is the assessment of the reliability and usefulness evidence- beginning to develop vital evaluation skills useful in a range of GCSE subjects. Pupils are given the chance to tackle history in a number of formats, including project work and extended essays, to help them develop the skills vital to being a historian.
Pupils have the opportunity to go on a trip to the battlefields around Ypres. This trip takes place at the end of the school year and usually very popular.