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KS3 History

In year 7 pupils study British history chronologically, beginning with Anglo Saxon England and the Viking invasions, leading up to the succession crisis of 1066. Pupils will then go on to discover how religion, politics and society changed through medieval times, and under the reign of the Tudors and Stuarts. We will then explore how Britain shaped the rest of the world, for better or for worse, through the growth of its Empire and the profound impact that the industrial revolution had on our society and economy.

Year 8 is taught thematically. In the theme of conflict pupils will study WW1 and WW2 and the events that resulted in the dropping of the first atomic bomb. In the theme of persecution, we will not only study the events that lead to the Holocaust and persecution of minorities in Germany, but also the more recent genocides in Cambodia and Rwanda. Our final theme is protest and change. This will give pupils the opportunity to study the different ways in which groups of people have changed the world. Starting at home with the fight for the right for women to vote, and then moving to America to study the events of the civil rights movement in the 1950s and 60s. We will then come back to Britain to study the lesser known civil rights movement in London in the 1970s, and how this links to our learning about the British Empire.

In year 9, students will continue to assess Britain's place in the world after the Second World War. We will consider what post-war Britain looked like for teenagers, women and immigrants and how their lives changed between the 1950s and 70s. We will then consolidate our understanding of the history of Britain by conducting a breadth study of the development of medicine and health through time, spanning a period from 1250 to modern day and allowing students to revisit the time periods that they have explored in their previous study of Key Stage Three History.

KS4 History

History is an academic study of the past and examines the causes, consequences, significance and impact of historical events, ideas and individuals on the world. Students will be able to investigate history from a social, economic, political, military, religious and cultural point of view through the analysis and evaluation of historical sources and contextual knowledge. Content studied includes Medicine from c1250 to Modern Times, the Western Front, Weimar and Nazi Germany 1919-1939, The American West and Early Elizabethan England.


3 Written examinations. No controlled assessment or coursework.
Paper 1 - Historic environment and thematic study. 1hr 15 min written exam, 30%
of overall qualification.
Paper 2 - Period study and British depth study. 1hr 45min written exam, 40% of
overall qualification.
Paper 3 - Modern depth study. 1hr 15 min written exam, 30% of overall


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