Throughout Key Stage 3, students will explore two main overarching themes: the development of Church, Monarchy and State and how everyday life has changed for ordinary people in Britain over time. Students will begin in Year 7 with a study of the Norman invasion of 1066 and the impact of conquest. They go on to investigate the challenges faced by the medieval monarchs and how England’s relationships with her neighbours developed over the course of the Middle Ages. In Year 8, we continue to study how the balance of power continued to change and develop in Tudor and Stuart times. The key focus in Year 9 is how the modern world was shaped by the World Wars.
Each year we will examine different case studies to find out about life in the past and to make comparisons with the 21st century. Students will be encouraged to identify trends and turning points and suggest reasons for the developments and patterns identified. Case studies include:
- Year 7: Medieval society and what life was like for peasants
- Year 8: The impact of Henry VIII's Reformation
- Year 9: The development of medicine
Every year students will also have the opportunity to study an aspect of the History of another country:
- Year 7: Native Americans
- Year 8: The Atlantic Slave Trade and life for slaves in the Americas
- Year 9: Hitler’s Germany and the Holocaust
As well as acquiring knowledge, students will also develop skills, which are not only essential for further study of the subject at Key Stage 4, but also very valuable for other subject areas. In History, students are encouraged to think critically and independently. They are encouraged to question different viewpoints and consider why it is possible to have different interpretations of the same historical event or character. Successful students will be able to construct an effective argument, selecting relevant evidence to support their point and communicating their ideas effectively.