History

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.

Topics Covered:

In year 7, we focus on how Britain changed between 1066 and 1500:

Topics include:

  • 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.