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Curriculum: History Key Stage 3

There are a number of key concepts that underpin the successful study of History at Key Stage 3. As students gain greater understanding of these concepts, they will begin to deepen and broaden their knowledge, skills and wider understanding of the subject.  These key concepts are:

  • Chronological understanding
  • Cultural, ethnic and religious diversity
  • Change and continuity
  • Cause and consequence
  • Significance of events
  • Forming interpretations

Year 7  - Students will learn about Anglo Saxon Law and Order, The Norman Conquest and power in the Middle Ages, Everyday life in the Middle Ages,  The Tudor Monarchy and life in the Tudor period with a comparison with the Middle Ages. 

Year 8 - Students will study The slave trade and its impact on Britain and America, Everyday life in the Industrial Revolution and major developments and Political revolutions – a focus on the French and American revolutions.  

Year 9 - The work of the Suffragettes and Suffragists, Causes of WW1 and trench life, The Treaty of Versailles and Hitler’s rise to power, Life in Nazi Germany, The causes of WW2 and the Home Front, Key battles/events in WW2, An overview of the Cold War. At the end of Year 9 students will begin GCSE work on Jack the Ripper and Whitechapel.


If you have any questions regarding the History curriculum please contact:

Ms H Rickatson - Head of History



Richard Lander School