KS3 History

Year 7

Students will first study What is History? This gives students an opportunity to understood History not only as a subject at school but how it enables us to understand the world around us. Following this students are taught about the important make-up of Britain’s multi-cultural population by studying Who are the British? In this topic students learn about the varied population with a focus on Jamaican immigrants who came to Britain on the Empire Windrush and the experiences they had.

We then move on to Medieval History where our first topic is Why did William win the Battle of Hastings? This looks at the confusion over who will be the next King of Britain that ensues after Edward the Confessor dies.

The next topic Who held the power? looks at the three authorities in Medieval life (the crown, the church and the people themselves). Throughout and to consolidate this topic, students are encouraged to formulate their own opinion as to who they believe held the power during the Middle Ages and be able to support with evidence and explanation.

Our final topic of the year enables students to study the Tudors including the reformation of England and the religious rollercoaster that ensues through the Tudor reign. We also study the children of Henry VIII including whether Mary I deserves her nickname ‘Bloody Mary’, Edward and Lady Jane Grey and the power of Elizabeth I.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Introduction to History and skills

Who are the British?

Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?


Medieval Society – How did kings control society?

Why was the church so important to Medieval society?

What caused the Peasants’ Revolt?

The Tudors – Why did Henry break with Rome?

Does Mary deserve her nickname ‘Bloody Mary’?

Why do historians consider Elizabeth I to be one of England’s most successful monarchs?

Year 8

The focus of Year 8 is the development of the modern world including the Stuarts, Industrial Revolution, the British Empire, Slavery and the turn of the twentieth century.

The Stuarts will focus on Why did Charlie get the chop? Looking at the English Civil War and its impact on how Britain was ruled afterwards.

The Industrial Revolution will focus on how Britain changed from 1750 to 1900. This topic will give students an understanding of the economic and social development of Britain led by the huge industrial advances and the creation of towns and cities.

Linked to GCSE History students will complete a study on Crime and Punishment in Victorian England looking at the development of the police force and a case study on Jack the Ripper.

Students will then study why Britain wanted an empire and why it became so important to them. They will do this by looking at individual country’s case studies and by understanding the motives of Britain when gaining an empire and the legacy of the British Empire.

In the topic focussing on Atlantic Slave Trade, students will be able to immerse themselves in what it was like to be a slave during the Middle Passage, life on the plantations and finally through to the abolition of the Slave Trade and Slavery,. This topic often leads to many discussions surrounding rights and morality as students try to compare our beliefs and attitudes to those of past generations.

The final topic to be studied in Year 8 focuses on life at the turn of the twentieth century including poverty, protest and women’s rights.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
Why did Charlie get the chop?

The Industrial Revolution


Crime and punishment in Victorian England

The British Empire



What was life like at the turn of the twentieth century?

Year 9

The introductory unit in Year 9 looks at the First World War including the causes, why men wanted to ‘join up’ and trench conditions. We also investigate the successes and failures of the Battle of the Somme.

Students will also investigate America during the 1920s. Through this topic they will understand why there was an economic boom as well as prohibition and the emergence of organised criminals such as Al Capone.

We then look at events of the Second World War followed by a study in depth of Nazi Germany. This helps students understand the context of the events of the twentieth century later in the year.

Significant events and people from the twentieth century are studied in the Summer term. Some of the events included in the topic are Hiroshima, the assassination of JFK the space race and Apartheid. These topics will enable students to decide on a criterion for judging why certain events are remembered in history and are therefore significant.

The final topic in Year 9 will focus on the history of terrorism and investigate what a terrorist is, stereotypes of terrorism as well as case studies of 9/11, the Manchester bomb and Black September.

Term 1 Term 2 Term 3
World War One

America in the 1920s


What was life like in Nazi Germany?

Why was there another World War?

What was the most significant event of the 20th century?


Homework: In History, students are set a variety of tasks for homework. These might include: report writing; information leaflets; model building; historical research into specific topics; source analysis; past paper exam questions; reading; watching a specific documentary; paragraphing.

Other Useful Information

5 ways I can help my son/daughter


Talk to your child about what they have been studying in school. Ask them to explain key concepts to you.


Debate topical issues, demonstrating a balanced argument.


Help to support in ensuring all work/files are organised and that students are recapping at home, on what they have learnt that week.


Encourage them to read around the subject.


Talk to them about their progress and attainment.