History at Key Stage 3

Year 7 – Conquest and Monarchy

From the moment Edward the Confessor dies without an heir you just know there is going to be trouble …

Starting our course at this momentous point we trace the origins and events of the Norman Conquest, not stopping when the arrow lands in Harold’s eye but also looking at how the Norman’s gained control of a hostile foreign land. In Year 7 we look at some of our most famous monarchs – Henry II and his tragic quarrel with Becket, King John and his Magna Carta and Edward I and his wars with Wales and Scotland. Not forgetting the ‘ordinary people’, we look at the impact of Black Death and the Peasant’s Revolt on medieval society.

Students have 3 lessons per fortnight in Year 7 to cover this exciting period of Medieval History.

Year 8 – Reformation and Civil War

From Henry VIII to Charles I we look at what impact the views and actions of a King can have on a whole country …

Year 8 History starts outside a castle in Germany, as Martin Luther posts his 95 theses on the door and from there we trace the origins of the European Reformation through to Henry’s split from Rome. We look at Henry’s children and their reigns, culminating in Elizabeth’s victory over the Armada. Just when we were hoping a change of ruling family would calm things down, along come the Stuarts and bring with them Gunpowder Plots and Civil War! Students look at the causes and consequences of the Civil War and investigate England’s Republic under Cromwell. The Restoration brings us the ‘Merry Monarch’ Charles II … and also plague and fire.

Students have 4 lessons per fortnight in Year 8 to study these turbulent years.

Year 9 – Revolution and Conflict

If you were hoping that focusing abroad for a while might calm things down, you’d be wrong …

Revolution kicks off Year 9 – the American and French ones to be precise. We look at these very significant events in their own context and also learn about the role Britain played in the first one across the Atlantic and the impact of the second one across the Channel. We then embark on an overview of 19th Century Britain – including the Industrial Revolution, Political upheaval and the demand for fair elections and the growth of the British Empire. The last part of Year 9 focuses on the conflicts of the first part of the 20th Century – World War I and II. We look at how these conflicts were caused, how they were fought and how they were won. These topics give valuable contextual understanding for those going on to study the Modern World at GCSE History and also allow all students to try and comprehend just what impact these events had. We also look at the Holocaust and try to comprehend how it could have happened.

Students have 4 lessons a fortnight to in Year 9 to cover these important issues.

Formal assessment in KS3 takes the form of three Key Assessments per year focused on key historical skills – essay writing, source analysis and an historical enquiry. There are no end of year exams in History for Years 7-9.