Key Stage 3

In line with Statutory Guidance for Key Stage 3 History, we have developed a curriculum that challenges all pupils to: deepen their chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history. identify significant events, make connections, draw contrasts, and analyse trends within periods and over long arcs of time. use historical terms and concepts in increasingly sophisticated ways.pursue historically valid enquiries including some they have framed themselves, and create relevant, structured and evidentially supported accounts in response.understand how different types of historical sources are used rigorously to make historical claims and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.

In planning to ensure the progression described above through teaching the British, local and world history outlined below, we combine overview and depth studies to help pupils understand both the long arc of development and the complexity of specific aspects of the content.

The Key Stage 3 curriculum is developed over three years with three hours of taught content per fortnight. In year 7, students are taught in form groups, moving to mixed ability classes in years 8 and 9. Each year is broken down into topics as detailed below.

Year 7                                                  

  • In what ways did the Anglo-Saxons change Britannia to create England?

  • How can we learn about the experience and contribution of Black people in Britain from the evidence they left behind from Roman Britain?

  • Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?

  • HW – local history focusing on archaeological site at Great Chesterford.

  • In what ways did the Norman conquest change England?

  • Why did people in Medieval England build such glorious cathedrals but live in such simple houses?

  • Why was Henry II whipped?

  • How can we learn about the experience and contribution of Black people in Britain from the evidence they left behind from the Middle Ages?

  • HW project - What was life like for different people in the Middle Ages?

  • What were the key features of a successful medieval monarch? Case study on Edward III

  • How did the barons challenge the powers of medieval monarchs in the period 1199-1399?

  • Why would China in 1300 be such an interesting place to visit?

  • Did the Black Death and the Peasants’ Revolt change people’s lives completely?

  • Why are medieval wars worth remembering?

  • What were the Wars of the Roses  and why are they worth remembering?

  • HW - the Mali Empire in Africa

  • What were Martin Luther’s ideas and how did they ‘go viral’?

  • How far and how fast did religion change under the Tudors?

  • How can we learn about the experience and contribution of Black people in Britain from the evidence they left behind from Tudor England?

  • Why is Akbar known as Akbar the Great?

  • ‘Suleiman the Magnificent’ and the Islamic Empire  and the Aztecs in Central America

  • What was more important in changing the government of England, 1649 or 1688?

  • How united was the United Kingdom by 1745?

 

Year 8

  • What was the big story of change in the period c.1750-1900?

  • Why did the British empire grow in the early 18th Century? 

  • HW - The American Revolution

  • What did the French revolution achieve?

  • How, when and why did Britain end their involvement in the Atlantic slave trade?

  • HWs - Westward expansion of the USA and the American Civil War

  • What were the key steps towards democracy in the period 1800-1900?

  • How did women in Britain campaign for the right to vote?

  • How can we learn about the experience and contribution of Black people in Britain from the evidence they left behind from Victorian England?

  • Why did the main First World War break out in 1914?

  • What was life like as a soldier on the Western Front?

  • HW project - Why did the soldiers carry on fighting during the First World War?

  • Why was the First World War so significant?

  • How similar were the French Revolution 1789 and the Russian Revolution of 1917?

  • HWs – The Great Depression and the Spanish Civil War,

  • What were the causes of the Second World War?

  • Did Britain win the Second World War?

 

Year 9

  • What can the story of Frank Bright and his classmates tell us about the Holocaust?

  • [How did the Nazi’s treatment of Jewish people change in the period 1933-45?]

  • Why did the Second World War give way so quickly to the Cold War?
    + the big picture of Cold War crises

  • Why did the first decade of Communist rule in China culminate in one of the greatest famines in history? (6)

  • HW -  Life in East Germany

  • How far did the conflict in Palestine change in the period c.1918-1948?

  • + the big picture of the Arab-Israeli conflict up to the 21st Century…

  • Decolonisation: was the British Empire pushed or did it jump?

  • Case studies on India, Malaya, Kenya and Hong Kong.

  • HW - Apartheid in South Africa   

  • How can we learn about the experience and contribution of Black people in Britain from the evidence they left behind? From Windrush to modern day

  • How did Black Americans campaign for Civil Rights?

  • Was life in 20th Century Britain simply a story of things getting better?

  • Why was 9/11 so significant?

  • 10. How did the United Kingdom develop in the period 1795 – modern day?

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GCSE History Examination Board – AQA  

The course comprises two written exams.