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Key Stage 3

History at Key Stage 3

In order to allow pupils to pursue History at GCSE and beyond, it is anticipated that the programme followed by your child during Key Stage 3 will be as follows.

Topics Covered per Half Term 

Terms

Year 7

Autumn 1

What is History? – Introductory skill based topic/Romans

  • History Skills including: Bias, Chronology, research and types of evidence
  • Roman Britain
  • Local study of Wroxeter

(A study of an aspect or site in local history dating from a period before 1066).

(The study of an aspect or theme in British history that consolidates and extends pupils’ chronological knowledge from before 1066).

Autumn 2

The Norman Conquest

  • Feudalism
  • Norman Castles
  • The Domesday book

(The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509)

Spring 1

Medieval Religion

  • Christendom, the importance of religion and the Crusades
  • The struggle between Church and Crown
  • Religion in daily life (parishes, monasteries and abbeys.)

(The development of Church, State and Society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509)

Spring 2

Medieval Society and Politics

  • The struggle between Church and crown
  • Magna Carta and the emergence of Parliament
  • Farming, trade and towns
  • The Black Death and its social and economic impact
  • The Peasants’ Revolt

(The development of Church, State and Society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509).

Summer 1

The Tudors

  • The Wars of the Roses; Henry VII and attempts to restore stability
  • Reformation in Europe
  • The English Reformation and Counter-Reformation (Henry VIII to Mary I)
  • Society, economy and culture across the period: for example, work and leisure in town and country, religion and superstition in daily life, theatre, art, music and literature.

(The development of Church, State and Society in Britain 1509-1745)

Summer 2

Elizabeth I

The Elizabethan religious settlement and conflict with Catholics (including Scotland, Spain and Ireland).

(The development of Church, State and Society in Britain 1509-1745)

Topics Covered per Half Term 

Terms 

Year 8

Autumn 1

The Stuarts

  • Society, economy and culture across the period: for example, work and leisure in town and country, religion and superstition in daily life, theatre, art, music and literature.
  • The Gunpowder Plot
  • The Witch Craze

 (The development of Church, State and Society in Britain 1509-1745)

Autumn 2

The Civil War

  • The causes and events of the civil wars throughout Britain
  • The Interregnum (including Cromwell in Ireland)

(The development of Church, State and Society in Britain 1509-1745)

Spring 1

The Industrial Revolution

  • Britain as the first industrial nation – the impact on society
  • Living and working conditions in 19th Century Britain

(Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901)

Spring 2

Voting and Democracy

  • Rotten Boroughs
  • Peterloo Massacre
  • The Great Reform Act
  • Chartists
  • Women’s suffrage

(Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901

Summer 1

Empire and Slavery

  • The development of the British Empire with a depth study
  • Britain’s transatlantic slave trade: its effects and its eventual abolition

(Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901)

Summer 2

Black Peoples of America

  • The American Civil War
  • The Ku Klux Klan
  • Jim Crow Laws and Segregation
  • The Civil Rights Movement

(Study of a significant society or issue in world history and its interconnections with other world developments)

Topics Covered per Half Term 

Terms  Year 9 
Autumn 1

The Edwardians and WW1

  • The Titanic
  • Class prejudice
  • Food in the Edwardian Era
  • Cause of WW1
  • Propaganda in WW1
  • Weapons of WW1
  • Life in the Trenches

(Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day)

Autumn 2 

World War 1

  • Battle of the Somme
  • Other Battles of WW1
  • Armistice Day
  • The Russian Revolution
  • The Versailles Peace Settlement

(Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day)

Spring 1

Nazi Germany

  • The inter-war years: the Great Depression and the rise of dictators
  • The Rise of the Nazi Party
  • Life in Nazi Germany

(Study of a significant society or issue in world history and its interconnections with other world developments).

Spring 2 

World War 2

  • The Second World War and the wartime leadership of Winston Churchill
  • The Home front
  • The Holocaust

(Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day.

Summer 1

The Cold War

  • The Cuban Missile Crisis
  • The Vietnam War
  • The Space Race

(Study of a significant society or issue in world history and its interconnections with other world developments.

Summer 2 

The Plains Indians

  • Introduction to 19th Century America
  • The Great Plains
  • Plains Indians and the buffalo
  • Plains Indians beliefs
  • Whit people and Plains Indians

(Study of a significant society or issue in world history and its interconnections with other world developments).