Key Stage Three
All pupils receive one hour of History each week in year 7 and two hours each week in years 8 and 9.
In year 7, we focus on how Britain changed between 1066 and 1500:
- The Battle of Hastings
- Medieval castle-building
- Life in medieval towns and villages
- The Black Death
- The Peasants’ Revolt
- The Wars of the Roses
- The mystery of Richard III and the princes in the tower.
In year 8, we focus on the period between 1500 and 1900:
- What sort of king was Henry VIII?
- Does Mary I deserve her terrible reputation?
- How did Elizabeth I solve her problems?
- The Gunpowder Plot: why did Guy Fawkes and the other plotters try to blow up the king?
- Why was there a Civil War in Britain and was Oliver Cromwell a better leader?
- Why did Britain want an empire and what was it like to live there?
- The Trans-Atlantic slave trade.
- What was life like for child workers in industrial Britain?
In year 9, we focus on the twentieth century:
- Why was the case of Jack the Ripper never solved?
- The First World War: why did it begin and what was it like to live and fight in the war?
- How did Hitler come to power and how did this change the lives of people in Germany?
- What was the Holocaust?
- The Second World War: what was it like to live and fight in the Second World War?
- The Russian Revolution and the Soviet Union.
Key Stage Four:
All pupils who opt to study History receive three hours of teaching per week and follow the Pearson Edexcel GCSE course.