The curriculum at KS3 offers a detailed insight in to British and World History from the time of the Roman occupation of Britain through to the Cold War period. It has been designed to provide a narrative of how we became the nation we are today through enquiries in to significant events, people and external influences. 

It also looks outwards at our impact around the world. Thematic threads (such as political, economic causes or impacts) run through the curriculum that encourage pupils to draw on prior learning and make connections between time periods. This enables pupils to ask and answer key questions around change and continuity, cause and consequence and significance as they build up their chronological ‘Big Picture’ overview of each time period. They are also taught to ‘write like a historian’ by learning to analyse source material, explain and evaluate events using sophisticated historical language.

  • What have the Romans done for us?
  • Why was 1066 so significant?
  • What was life like in Medieval England?
  • Who benefitted from the Crusades?
  • How did the Renaissance help to bring about change?
  • How did the early Tudors change Britain?
Year 8 History
  • Was there really an Elizabethan ‘Golden Age’?
  • Why did the Stuart monarchs cause so much conflict?
  • What impact did European settlers have on Native Americans?
  • Was Jack the Ripper an unlikely social reformer?
  • Why was the British Empire so significant?
  • What has been the legacy of the Transatlantic Slave Trade?
Year 9 History
  • Why was World War One known as the ‘Great War’?
  • Which post war dictatorships caused more damage? Communist or Fascists?
  • How did World War Two change global warfare?
  • Why was there a Cold War?
Introduction to GCSE topics - end of Year 9
  • Why was the USA a land of opportunity and inequality?
  • What was the impact of the Great Depression?