History (KS3)

Year 7

Students are taught in mixed ability groups in Year 7. They start with an introduction to History and complete an investigation on how a group of skeletons died. This is followed by studying a series of fascinating topics in the Middle Ages, including the events of 1066; why the barons rebelled against King John; the Black Death; the Peasants’ Revolt and the development of castles. There is then a focus on the Tudors including Henry VIII and why the church in England broke away from Rome and how Elizabeth dealt with invasion and intrigue during her rule. Students will then examine the reasons for and impact of the English Civil War. A wide variety of interactive and engaging teaching methods are used to focus students in their lessons and encourage full participation. Assessments are set each half term.

Year 8

Students are taught in mixed ability groups in Year 8. They begin by studying slavery focusing on the journey of the slaves, the conditions they had to endure and finally why it was abolished. They will examine the economic and social changes during the Industrial Revolution. They will have to use their enterprise skills to sell a new method of transport and produce creative and informative ways to sell their mode of transport. This is followed by a study of World War One in which students will examine why soldiers continued to fight in the trenches and the impact this had on their lives. This is also supported by a 3-day trip to France and Belgium where they will have the opportunity to visit different Battlefield sites. Students will then learn how peace in 1919 was soon followed by war again in 1939. The events of World War Two will also be studied with a focus on the bombing of civilians and the key battles fought. A wide variety of interactive and engaging teaching methods are used to focus students in their lessons and encourage full participation. Assessments are set each half term.

Year 9

The Year 9 course will focus on a range of fascinating and engaging events mostly from the twentieth century which will further develop students’ understanding of the key international and political developments during this period. The course will start with a comparison of Hitler and Stalin analysing their similarities and differences in controlling their regimes. They will then have an in-depth study focus on the Holocaust and Hiroshima. Following by lessons on the development on the Cold War. There will also be a thematic study looking at how health and hygiene have changed and improved over the last 1000 years. Throughout the course, students will further improve their source evaluation skills, engage in debates on a range of controversial historical issues, assess themes in History and develop the key skills of explanation and analysis.