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KS3 Curriculum


Subject: History

Year 7

Content / Topics

Tudors – Henry VIII and Elizabeth will be studied

This was a massive time of change as Henry VIII wanted to divorce his first wife and began a process of religious change in England from Catholicism to Protestantism. We will be looking at the importance of religion and how England broke away from the Catholic Church because of Henry VIII’s need for a divorce.

Also the impact of Elizabeth on England and her involvement in the Spanish Armada will be studied and how Elizabeth dealt with the issue of religion and her cousin Mary Queen of Scots.

Students will have the opportunity to study life in Tudor England including how Elizabethan’s had fun. The topic of crime and punishment will also be studied in depth

Skills Taught
  • develop and extend their knowledge about the Tudors.
  • an in depth enquiry about Elizabethan England to prepare their knowledge ready for GCSE history
  • beginning to use a wide range of historical sources to make a judgement about an event or person.

Year 8

Content / Topics

The Cold War

This was a period of suspicion between the USA and the USSR, as result of the different ideologies of capitalism and communism. The two sides were originally on the same side during the Second World War but became bitter enemies. This period of history is called the Cold War because there was no actual fighting between the two superpowers. The race to have the most nuclear weapons is also important to why the two sides became enemies.

Europe became divided into the two ideologies, with the West being Capitalist and the east being communist. Germany was also a divided country and the capital city was divided into two by a wall. Why the Berlin wall was built is also studied and how the wall eventually fell when the USSR lost control of the eastern bloc countries.

Another significant event is the Cuban missile crisis, where the two sides came the closest to actually fighting and launching nuclear bombs against each other.

Skills Taught
  • develop their knowledge about the Cold War.
  • an in depth enquires about the Cuban missile crisis and the Berlin Wall to prepare their knowledge ready for GCSE history
  • Use a wide range of historical sources in their historical context to make a judgement about an event .
  • organise and communicate their historical knowledge and understanding in different ways and reach substantiated conclusion
  • beginning to use the key concepts that will be used in GCSE history

GCSE History

Pearson Edexcel History


If you require any further information regarding GCSE History please see Mrs Mann.

Why Study History?

History teaches you how and why the world came to be as it is today; it provides you with a greater understanding of the world in which you live. History deals with big issues such as racism, power, war, politics, discrimination and terrorism. Only through having some knowledge of history can you comprehend the global issues we are faced with today.

Studying History develops a range of transferable skills which are highly valued in higher education, further education and the world of work. For example: research skills; problem solving; handling and analysing data; literacy skills e.g. essay writing analysing texts; how to construct an argument; and how to select and use a wide range of evidence. All students will take the same examination papers for this subject with grades awarded from 9-1, therefore there is no foundation paper.

Summary of Content which is tested in three examinations:

  • Paper 1 – 30% of total mark
  • Paper 2 – 40% of total mark
  • Paper 3 – 30% of total mark 

Paper 1

Paper 2

Paper 3

Thematic study and historic environment

  • Crime and punishment in Britain, c1000-present and Whitechapel, c1870-c1900: crime, policing and the inner city.

Period Study and British depth study

  • Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88
  • Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941-91

Modern Depth Study

  • Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-39


History is a valued subject that is very well respected by employers and universities. It will prepare you to write essays effectively, communicate your ideas clearly, debate important issues and listen to the views of others in preparation for A-level and beyond.

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Career opportunities in History include: Medicine; Law; Television; Radio; Journalism: Police force; Social work; Civil Service; Politics; Writer; Editor; Cultural Resources Management; Historic Preservation; Museum; Documentary Editor. You could even become a future Prime Minister!