KS3 History

Year 7 Work

1. Big Question: What is History?

This unit allows students to understand why we study history and we focus on certain skills you require to become a good historian.

2. Big Question: Invasions, Conquests: Consequences?

Students will look at a variety of invasions which Britain have been involved in from Ancient Rome up until the current war in Afghanistan. Students will focus on why invasions occur and the consequences of the invasions. During this unit students will also undertake a baseline test.

3. Big Question: Why did the Romans need an army?

In this unit of work students will look at the Romans in greater detail. In particular we will look at why Rome needed an army and what life was like inside the army.

4. Big Question: Three men - one throne: Who should be king of England?

Students will look at who wanted to take control of England in 1066 after the death of Edward the Confessor. A test on causation will also be answered.

5. Big Question: How did the Normans control England?

Students will start to understand how the Normans set about controlling England. We will focus some attention on the feudal system. An end of unit assessment will also be undertaken.

Year 8 Work

1. Big Question: Church V State: Did anybody win?

Students will look at the conflicts between the Church v State. We start off our journey by looking at the Murder of Thomas Becket and end it with the execution of King Charles I. Students will be required to take a test on Henry VIII and the causes which led to him breaking away from the Catholic Church.

2. Big Question: Elizabeth I: Masterful or lucky?

This topic looks at one of the greatest Monarchs in British History, Elizabeth I. We consider whether Elizabeth was in fact a masterful or lucky Queen.

3. Stuart England. Within this unit of work we consider a series of big questions such as “Why was King James so unpopular with Catholics?” and “Why did Charles I lose his head?”

Within this unit we focus on events such as the Gunpowder Plot, Civil War, The Plague and the Great Fire of London. Students will be required to undertake two exams in this unit. The first will look at different interpretations of the Gunpowder Plot, while the other will focus on the English Civil War.

4. Big Question: Why did Britain experience an industrial revolution?

This topic focuses on causes of the industrial revolution. We will also focus on the work children were required to perform in Lostock Hall during the 18th century. Students will also take an exam on causes of the industrial revolution in this unit.

5. Big Question: Children of the British Empire: Were they ever really free?

This is a very important topic as it allows students to look at what people of a similar age would have been doing during the industrial revolution. The last exam of the year will be based around the subject of child labour. Students will consider a number of different interpretations about working conditions.

6. Big Question: What impact did industrialization have on crime?

We look at a variety of different pieces of evidence to investigate crime in Medieval and Early Modern England.

7. Big Question: The sinking of Titanic: Caused by an iceberg?

Throughout this unit we look at the enigma which is the Titanic. We consider why it was that this “unsinkable” ship went down in 1912. Students are also required to undertake a test which allows them to analyse different interpretations about how Titanic sank.

8. Big Question: Jack the Ripper: Britain’s First serial killer?

This topic will coincide with the trip we offer to Year 8 students to London. Students will have the opportunity to investigate the legend of Jack the Ripper and to come to conclusions about who we think the real Ripper was.

Year 9 Work

1. Big Question: World War One: Caused by a Tuna Sandwich?

Our first unit is on World War One. We focus on the causes of the First World War and in particular the assassination of Archduke Franz Ferdinand by Gavrilo Princip (who was eating a sandwich at the time of the murder). At the end of this topic students will take an exam on the Causes of the First World War.

2. Big Question: Why was the war not over by Christmas?

This is the second part of our First World War topic. We look at conditions and life inside the trenches and how the war was won by Britain.

3. Big Question: World War Two: Caused by a credit crunch?

In this unit we focus on the Second World War. We start with the causes of the war and the impact depression in Germany played on the causing war. We then look at a number of key events during the war such as Dunkirk, the Battle of Britain and Nuclear Warfare. Students will also undertake an exam which tests the ability to use evidence.

4. Big Question: What was the Holocaust?

This is an important topic in the course of Key Stage Three. This topic coincides with the Holocaust Day which we offer to all Year 9 students. During this day a Holocaust survivor comes in to talk about his experiences and we also offer a variety of Holocaust workshops. During this topic we look at what the Holocaust was. We also consider how the Nazis treatment of the Jewish people changed during the 1930s and 1940s. Students towards the end of the unit will undertake a test which requires them to consider a number of sources about how Jewish people tried to resist the Nazis.

5. Big Question: The assassination of JKF: The act of a lone gunman?

The last topic of Key Stage Three concentrates on the assassination of the USA’s youngest president up to that point, JFK. The official crime report tells us that Lee Harvey Oswald acted alone in this assassination. However, many historians disagree with this and believe that more than one man was responsible for JFK’s death. We will investigate the contenders who many believe to have been involved in the death such as the FBI, Mafia and the CIA.

6. New unit preparing for the new GCSE specification