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KS3 History

Pupils should be taught about:

Medieval Britain (1066-1509)

  • the development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509
This could include:
    • the Norman Conquest 
    • Christendom, the importance of religion and the Crusades 
    • the struggle between Church and crown 
    • Magna Carta and the emergence of Parliament 
    • the English campaigns to conquer Wales and Scotland up to 1314 
    • society, economy and culture: for example, feudalism, religion in daily life (parishes, monasteries, abbeys), farming, trade and towns (especially the wool trade), art, architecture and literature 
    • the Black Death and its social and economic impact 
    • the Peasants’ Revolt 
    • the Hundred Years War 
    • the Wars of the Roses; Henry VII and attempts to restore stability

Tudor, Stuart & Georgian Britain (1509-1745)

  • the development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745
This could include:
    • Renaissance and Reformation in Europe 
    • the English Reformation and Counter-Reformation (Henry VIII to Mary I) 
    • the Elizabethan religious settlement and conflict with Catholics (including Scotland, Spain and Ireland) 
    • the first colony in America and first contact with India 
    • the causes and events of the civil wars throughout Britain 
    • the Interregnum (including Cromwell in Ireland) 
    • the Restoration, ‘Glorious Revolution’ and power of Parliament 
    • the Act of Union of 1707, the Hanoverian succession and the Jacobite rebellions of 1715 and 1745 
    • society, economy and culture across the period: for example, work and leisure in town and country, religion and superstition in daily life, theatre, art, music and literature

Georgian & Victorian Britain (1745-1901)

  • ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901
This could include:
    • the Enlightenment in Europe and Britain, with links back to 17th-century thinkers and scientists and the founding of the Royal Society
    • Britain’s transatlantic slave trade: its effects and its eventual abolition
    • the Seven Years War and The American War of Independence
    • the French Revolutionary wars
    • Britain as the first industrial nation – the impact on society
    • party politics, extension of the franchise and social reform
    • the development of the British Empire with a depth study (for example, of India)
    • Ireland and Home Rule
    • Darwin’s ‘On The Origin of Species’

Modern Britain (1901-)

  • challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day
In addition to studying the Holocaust, this could include:
    • women’s suffrage
    • the First World War and the Peace Settlement
    • the inter-war years: the Great Depression and the rise of dictators
    • the Second World War and the wartime leadership of Winston Churchill
    • the creation of the welfare state
    • Indian independence and end of Empire
    • social, cultural and technological change in post-war British society
    • Britain’s place in the world since 1945

Local History

  • a local history study, e.g. 
    • a depth study linked to one of the British areas of study listed above
    • a study over time, testing how far sites in their locality reflect aspects of national history (some sites may predate 1066)
    • a study of an aspect or site in local history dating from a period before 1066

Extended Study

  • the study of an aspect or theme in British history that consolidates and extends pupils’ chronological knowledge from before 1066
    • the changing nature of political power in Britain, traced through selective case studies from the Iron Age to the present
    • Britain’s changing landscape from the Iron Age to the present
    • a study of an aspect of social history, such as the impact through time of the migration of people to, from and within the British Isles
    • a study in depth into a significant turning point, for example, the Neolithic Revolution

World History

  • at least one study of a significant society or issue in world history and its interconnections with other world developments 
    • for example, Mughal India 1526-1857; China’s Qing dynasty 1644-1911; Changing Russian empires c.1800-1989; USA in the 20th century