Key Stage 3 History
A range of themes are explored, which enables boys to discuss and develop their ideas through a number of key topics and questions.
Skills Developed

A range of skills are developed throughout KS3 History by the following Key Performance Indicators:

  • Develop and extend their knowledge and understanding of specified key events, periods and societies in local, British, and wider world history; and of the wide diversity of human experience.
  • Engage in historical enquiry to develop as independent learners and as critical and reflective thinkers.
  • Develop the ability to ask relevant questions about the past, to investigate issues critically and to make valid historical claims by using a range of sources in their historical context.
  • Develop an awareness of why people, events and developments have been accorded historical significance and how and why different interpretations have been constructed about them.
  • Organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways and reach substantiated conclusions.

Year 7

Key Topics Covered
  • What is History?
  • The Norman Conquest
  • Study from before 1066
    • e.g. Fortifications/Castle
  • Monarch – Church v State – Murder of Becket
  • John, Magna Carta and Parliament
  • Society – Peasant Life, including Black Death
  • Crusades
  • 1509-1175 (i)
    • Religious Change
    • Society – The Witch Craze

Year 8

Key Topics Covered

In year 8 boys are able to learn and investigate the following events:

  • 1509-1175 (ii)
  • Society – The Witch Craze
  • English Civil War
  • Monarchy and political change – 1160-1750
  • Jacobite’s

Year 9

Key Topics Covered

In year 9 boys are introduced to the GCSE topics from the AQA syllabus:

  • 1745-1900
    • Local Study – Saltaire
  • 1901-2000
    • World War I
    • British Empire – India
    • Rise of Hitler in Germany
    • World War II
    • Holocaust
    • The Cold War
    • An aspect of post 1945 British History
  • A study of a significant society or issue – Civil Rights in USA
Key stage 3 history lessons

How is This Subject Assessed?

Pupils are assessed using the above Key Performance Indicators and GCSE 9-1 grades. Forms of assessment include: scored tests and assessment of written homework. Specific unit assessments are completed to enable pupils to monitor their own progress against the above Key Performance Indicators.

Key stage 3 history lessons