The topics students study at Key Stage 3 have recently undergone a major overhaul in order to stimulate students to actively participate in their learning in History, and develop key skills that they will need in this subject and beyond.
Students will develop their historical knowledge, their understanding of chronology, from 1066 to World War 2, interpretation, source analysis, and improve on the organisation and communication of their written work, through a range of topics. Each topic has an overarching key question, which the pupils should be able to answer by the end of the topic.
Topic 1: 1066: How did William the Conqueror change England?
Topic 2: Medieval Lives: How important was religion to people in the Middle Ages?
Topic 3: Black Death / Peasant’s Revolt: Why have historians disagreed on which was more significant?
Topic 4: Warfare in the Middle Ages: Why was there so much conflict in the Middle Ages?
Topic 5: The Tudors / Reformation: Why have historians disagreed on how popular the English Reformation was?
Topic 1: Elizabeth I: Was Elizabeth a good Queen of England?
Topic 2: The Stuarts: Why was Charles I executed?
Topic 3: The Glorious Revolution: How successful was the Glorious Revolution?
Topic 4: The Mughal Empire: How did Britain take control of India?
Topic 5: Slavery: Why have historians disagreed about life on plantations?
Topic 6: The Enlightenment: Did the Enlightenment make life fairer?
Topic 1: Local history study: Did the development of Hartlepool reflect the development of Britain?
Topic 2: World War I: Were the British people “lions led by donkeys” at home and abroad?
Topic 3: The Suffragettes: What was the biggest factor in women getting the vote?
Topic 4: Nazi Germany: Why did the Holocaust happen?
Topic 5: World War II: How much impact did WWII have on British people’s attitudes?
Students are formally assessed at the end of each enquiry, where they have to write an essay that answers the overarching enquiry question. These essays reflect the type of questions that pupils will eventually be asked on their GCSE examinations.