History Key Stage 3

In Key Stage 3 students learn to become historians, by studying events which have shaped their lives and the world they live in. Students go through a chronological journey in the first two years of key stage 3 beginning with the Roman invasion of Britain in Year 7 and taking them through to the Medieval, Tudor and Stuart period. Pupils will master key skills such as writing to explain and creating an argument. In Year 8, pupils will continue this chronological journey through the 19th and 20th century. In the final year of Key Stage 3, pupils will move on to the more challenging elements of History by addressing key themes such as capitalism and communism and complete a breath study of the USA. Our studies follow the National Curriculum and include diversity and our own touch. Each Half term pupils will complete a “meanwhile elsewhere” lesson where they look at history from a different group in the time period they are studying. 

Year 7Year 8Year 9
Key Concepts

Power and control. “Why is Britain the way it is today?” (History from above)

“How did the world change from 1700 – 1945?” (History from below)

 

“Political, social and economic change in the 20th century” (Depth study focusing on key events and themes in History).

Autumn Term

(Sep-Oct)

The Roman invasion of Britain and changes they made.

Focus on how they changed the North East of England and what still exists today.

Then moving onto Anglo-Saxon Britain and 1066. Why is 1066 such a groundbreaking year. Finally a focus on tactics and strategies used at the Battle of Hastings and why William won.

Students will start by looking at the origins of the British Empire, comparing that to the Roman Empire previously studied and if Britain should be remembered positively for their role in colonisation.

 

They will then move on to look specifically at the issue of slavery, Britain and America’s role and conditions for slaves. They will explore black female heroes such as Harriet Tubman and how she became a hero despite hardship.

Pupils will investigate key events in the 20th century in a “days that shook the world” style investigation. They will begin by looking at the Russian Revolution of 1918, They will then shift focus to American events such as the dropping of the Atom Bomb Pupils wil investigate the key ideas of communism and nuclear warfare in a cross over with RE. .

Quality Mark Assessments

We will assess why the Romans were successful at invading Britain and why William won at Hastings.

Students will complete an exam looking at slavery, the empire and retrive knowledge from year 7 history.

Students will complete an exam on the Russian Revolution and retrieve knowledge from year 8.

Autumn Term

(Nov-Dec)

Students will then look at how William controlled England after invading in 1066, they will focus on local events such as Harrying of the North and the impact of ideas such as the Feudal system. They will assess how William changed England through building castles and what still exists of Norman England today.

 

Students will then begin to look at monarchs after William in the Medieval period and how their actions changed England for the better or worse. For example Henry II and King John.

Students will assess Britain in the 1800s and the impact of the industrial revolution and how it changed Britain and the lasting legacy. They will assess their own local area of Boldon Colliery and how mining changed the community.  They will then assess public health and how diseases such as Cholera were eradicated. 

 

Finally they will move on to look at Crime and Punishment looking at the establishment of the police and the Jack the Ripper murders and the perception of women.

Pupils will investigate further “events which changed the world” such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and assassination of Kennedy. These historic discussions are more challenging than in previous years as pupils are introduced to complex ideas such as conspiracy and terrorism.

Quality Mark Assessments

Students will complete an exam on all topics studied so far.

Students will complete an essay about the impact of the industrial revolution.

Spring Term

(Jan-Feb)

Students will study the Medieval Period in depth, this includes looking at how people lived, the impact of religion and the crusades and the Black Death. They will compare this pandemic to modern day Covid 19. They will then assess the impact of the Black Death and how this event led to events such as the Peasants Revolt which changed how the working class were viewed,

Students will begin by investigating life in 1900 followed by a study of the Titanic with a specific focus on social class and responsibility. They will then look at the women’s suffrage movement and the idea of being a martyr.

Students will begin their depth study of 20th century America, focusing on the economic element of the 1920s and why America achieved prosperity.

Quality Mark Assessments

Students will write an essay about the impact of the Black Death and create a project about Medieval Crime and Punishment.

Students will complete an exam focusing on the 1800s

 

They will assess why women got the vote in 1918.

Students will sit an exam which focuses on all content covered in year 9.

Spring Term

(Feb-April)

Students will begin to move away from the Medieval period and assess how the Tudor dynasty was formed. They will begin by assessing the War of the Roses and how this divided England to the point where its legacy is still there today. They will then look at Henry VII and Henry VIII and how their policies changed England.

Students will begin by looking at the origins of the first world war and the global situation before 1914. They will then study the outbreak, key battles and the end of the war and why it changed the world forever. They will then look at the impact of the war in the cause of the depression in the 1920s and 1930s with a focus on Jarrow.

Students will assess the social elements of the 1920s America, this time focusing on the role of women, treatment of immigrants, the KKK and prohibition. They will decide if America was a good place to live at this time and if it was a divided society.

Quality Mark Assessments

Students will sit an exam on all year 7 content so far.

Why did the Jarrow crusade take place?

Enquiry questions about the role of women and why prohibition failed.

Summer Term

(Feb-May)

We continue looking at the Tudor period this time with a focus on female monarchs and femininity.  looking at Mary I her perception as a female monarch and her treatment of Protestants. We then move on to assess Lady Jane Grey the 9 day queen and how her harsh treatment led to her death. Followed by an in depth study of Elizabeth her struggle to marry, dealing with foreign invaders and being a strong female monarch.

Students will consider the origins of the Second World War and why it began with a focus on Hitler and his ideology. We will then explore key battles, life on the Home Front and war in the East.

Students will consider the origins of the Second World War and why it began with a focus on Hitler and his ideology. We will then explore key battles, life on the Home Front and war in the East.

Quality Mark Assessments

Students will write short responses on the perception of Mary I and why the Spanish Armada failed.

“Which was the most significant event of WW2 and why?”

Students will complete a creative task about the depression.

Summer Term

(May-July)

Students will move onto the Stuart and Enlightenment period to assess key changes that happened such as the English Civil War and the Gunpowder plot. They will link this to how it impacted on their lives in the 21st century.

Students will study Nazi Germany and life for ordinary people. This will then be followed by an indepth study of the holocaust.

Students will assess the work of FDR and his New Deal, analysing his policies and failures and if the New Deal was a successful political policy.

Quality Mark Assessments

Students will sit an end of year exam.

Students will sit an end of year exam

End of year exam.


Year 7

Key Concepts

Power and control. “Why is Britain the way it is today?” (History from above)

Quality Mark Assessments

Autumn Term

(Sep-Oct)

The Roman invasion of Britain and changes they made.

Focus on how they changed the North East of England and what still exists today.

Then moving onto Anglo-Saxon Britain and 1066. Why is 1066 such a groundbreaking year. Finally a focus on tactics and strategies used at the Battle of Hastings and why William won.

Quality Mark Assessments

We will assess why the Romans were successful at invading Britain and why William won at Hastings.

Autumn Term

(Nov-Dec)

Students will then look at how William controlled England after invading in 1066, they will focus on local events such as Harrying of the North and the impact of ideas such as the Feudal system. They will assess how William changed England through building castles and what still exists of Norman England today.

 

Students will then begin to look at monarchs after William in the Medieval period and how their actions changed England for the better or worse. For example Henry II and King John.

Quality Mark Assessments

Students will complete an exam on all topics studied so far.

Spring Term

(Jan-Feb)

Students will study the Medieval Period in depth, this includes looking at how people lived, the impact of religion and the crusades and the Black Death. They will compare this pandemic to modern day Covid 19. They will then assess the impact of the Black Death and how this event led to events such as the Peasants Revolt which changed how the working class were viewed,

Quality Mark Assessments

Students will write an essay about the impact of the Black Death and create a project about Medieval Crime and Punishment.

Spring Term

(Feb-April)

Students will begin to move away from the Medieval period and assess how the Tudor dynasty was formed. They will begin by assessing the War of the Roses and how this divided England to the point where its legacy is still there today. They will then look at Henry VII and Henry VIII and how their policies changed England.

Quality Mark Assessments

Students will sit an exam on all year 7 content so far.

Summer Term

(Feb-May)

We continue looking at the Tudor period this time with a focus on female monarchs and femininity.  looking at Mary I her perception as a female monarch and her treatment of Protestants. We then move on to assess Lady Jane Grey the 9 day queen and how her harsh treatment led to her death. Followed by an in depth study of Elizabeth her struggle to marry, dealing with foreign invaders and being a strong female monarch.

Quality Mark Assessments

Students will write short responses on the perception of Mary I and why the Spanish Armada failed.

Summer Term

(May-July)

Students will move onto the Stuart and Enlightenment period to assess key changes that happened such as the English Civil War and the Gunpowder plot. They will link this to how it impacted on their lives in the 21st century.

Quality Mark Assessments

Students will sit an end of year exam.


Year 8

Key Concepts

“How did the world change from 1700 – 1945?” (History from below)

 

Quality Mark Assessments

Autumn Term

(Sep-Oct)

Students will start by looking at the origins of the British Empire, comparing that to the Roman Empire previously studied and if Britain should be remembered positively for their role in colonisation.

 

They will then move on to look specifically at the issue of slavery, Britain and America’s role and conditions for slaves. They will explore black female heroes such as Harriet Tubman and how she became a hero despite hardship.

Quality Mark Assessments

Students will complete an exam looking at slavery, the empire and retrive knowledge from year 7 history.

Autumn Term

(Nov-Dec)

Students will assess Britain in the 1800s and the impact of the industrial revolution and how it changed Britain and the lasting legacy. They will assess their own local area of Boldon Colliery and how mining changed the community.  They will then assess public health and how diseases such as Cholera were eradicated. 

 

Finally they will move on to look at Crime and Punishment looking at the establishment of the police and the Jack the Ripper murders and the perception of women.

Quality Mark Assessments

Students will complete an essay about the impact of the industrial revolution.

Spring Term

(Jan-Feb)

Students will begin by investigating life in 1900 followed by a study of the Titanic with a specific focus on social class and responsibility. They will then look at the women’s suffrage movement and the idea of being a martyr.

Quality Mark Assessments

Students will complete an exam focusing on the 1800s

 

They will assess why women got the vote in 1918.

Spring Term

(Feb-April)

Students will begin by looking at the origins of the first world war and the global situation before 1914. They will then study the outbreak, key battles and the end of the war and why it changed the world forever. They will then look at the impact of the war in the cause of the depression in the 1920s and 1930s with a focus on Jarrow.

Quality Mark Assessments

Why did the Jarrow crusade take place?

Summer Term

(Feb-May)

Students will consider the origins of the Second World War and why it began with a focus on Hitler and his ideology. We will then explore key battles, life on the Home Front and war in the East.

Quality Mark Assessments

“Which was the most significant event of WW2 and why?”

Summer Term

(May-July)

Students will study Nazi Germany and life for ordinary people. This will then be followed by an indepth study of the holocaust.

Quality Mark Assessments

Students will sit an end of year exam


Year 9

Key Concepts

“Political, social and economic change in the 20th century” (Depth study focusing on key events and themes in History).

Quality Mark Assessments

Autumn Term

(Sep-Oct)

Pupils will investigate key events in the 20th century in a “days that shook the world” style investigation. They will begin by looking at the Russian Revolution of 1918, They will then shift focus to American events such as the dropping of the Atom Bomb Pupils wil investigate the key ideas of communism and nuclear warfare in a cross over with RE. .

Quality Mark Assessments

Students will complete an exam on the Russian Revolution and retrieve knowledge from year 8.

Autumn Term

(Nov-Dec)

Pupils will investigate further “events which changed the world” such as the Cuban Missile Crisis and assassination of Kennedy. These historic discussions are more challenging than in previous years as pupils are introduced to complex ideas such as conspiracy and terrorism.

Quality Mark Assessments

Spring Term

(Jan-Feb)

Students will begin their depth study of 20th century America, focusing on the economic element of the 1920s and why America achieved prosperity.

Quality Mark Assessments

Students will sit an exam which focuses on all content covered in year 9.

Spring Term

(Feb-April)

Students will assess the social elements of the 1920s America, this time focusing on the role of women, treatment of immigrants, the KKK and prohibition. They will decide if America was a good place to live at this time and if it was a divided society.

Quality Mark Assessments

Enquiry questions about the role of women and why prohibition failed.

Summer Term

(Feb-May)

Students will consider the origins of the Second World War and why it began with a focus on Hitler and his ideology. We will then explore key battles, life on the Home Front and war in the East.

Quality Mark Assessments

Students will complete a creative task about the depression.

Summer Term

(May-July)

Students will assess the work of FDR and his New Deal, analysing his policies and failures and if the New Deal was a successful political policy.

Quality Mark Assessments

End of year exam.