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.
Key Topics Covered
- What is History?
- The Norman Conquest
- Study before 1066 – Fortifications and Castles
- The role of a Medieval Monarch
- Church v State – Murder of Becket
- Society – Peasant Life, including Black Death
- Baghdad – Islam, science and culture
- Religious change
- Society – Poverty, Witch Craze
- English Civil War
- Monarchy and Political Change 1660-1750
Key Topics Covered
In year 8 students are able to learn and investigate the following events:
- Industrialisation/industrial city life – study of Saltaire
- Slave trade
- Political study
- Brief overview – British Empire
- Causes of World War 1
- Western Front and Trenches
- Treaty of Versailles
- Rise of Hitler
- Overview of World War 2
- Study of a significant society or issue e.g. Russian Revolution 1917, collapse of Soviet Union 1989-91 or Civil Rights in the USA
How is This Subject Assessed?
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 their target grades.