The aim of studying History in Key Stage 3 is to develop students’ enthusiasm of the subject whilst developing their understanding of skills such as source evaluation and debate; essential at GCSE level, A-Level and as key life skills. 

Homework in the later parts of Year 7 and in to Year 8 will include “take-away” homework tasks where the students will be responsible for completing one of a choice of tasks each fortnight.

What will I learn?

Year 7                                               

Students will study three topics in Year 7 – firstly the Romans, often heralded as the forerunner to the Modern World with their fantastic architecture, systems of government and effective army. But what would it be like to be a Roman Citizen? Studying the different experiences from levels of society across the empire, from soldiers to gladiators, students will consider was the Roman Empire really civilised?

Secondly, what is the truth about Medieval England?  Students will consider Big Issues from the period: what was war really like? If you caught the Black Death, what happened to you? Where the twins in the tower really murdered?

Thirdly, students will be investigating and debating misconceptions from the Period of Empire. From the impact of the Gun Powder Plot and English Civil War and to child factory labour and cholera, students will be able to explore the truth of the era.


Year 8                                               

Students start Year 8 by exploring the Trans-Atlantic Slave Trade in depth developing understanding of Human Rights and how these were abused and defended, before following a key issue looking at Civil Rights in the USA, linking Human Rights to democracy. 

After Christmas, students will follow the course of the Early 20th Century. This will start with causes and details of the First World War, emphasising a deep understanding. This will be followed by the impacts of the First World War Peace Treaties, including the rise of dictators.
The depth study will be of the Holocaust, before investigating the wider impacts of the World at War 1939-1945. Key concepts include Human Rights and complex causation.