History (KS3)

History 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. Much of this work is given a local perspective with a focused study on the Battle of Newbury. Interpretations of Oliver Cromwell are also studied and students are encouraged to assess different perspectives on this key historical figure. 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.

History 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 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 Holocaust. 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.

History Year 9 
The Year 9 course will be changing in September 2015, and further details on the new course will be available at the end of this academic year. The 2014-15 cohort will be the last year group to follow our previous curriculum and so even though some topics are the same as those mentioned in the Year 8 curriculum statement above, these topics will still be new to our current Year 9 cohort, who did not study them in Year 8. Year 9 for 2014-15 will study the causes and main events of World War One. Students will examine the features of life in the trenches why soldiers continued to fight in the trenches. The peace settlement at the end of the war will also be analysed and the students will learn how events from 1919-1939 led to another world war. The events of World War Two will be studied with a focus on the bombing of civilians and the Holocaust. The final topic in Key Stage 3 History is the Civil Rights Movement and examining the events in America in the 1950s and 1960s. 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. Students are taught in banded ability groups in Year 9.