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KS3 Overview

Year 7

Term 1: What Am I… A Historian; defining history, chronology, methods of historical enquiry

Term 2: Invasion and Murder; Medieval Britain, the Magna Carta and the emergence of Parliament

Term 3: The Black Death, Health & Medicine; Social and economic impact with comparison to today.

Term 4: War of the Roses; Henry VIII and life in Tudor Timesincluding in-depth local historic study (Tudor Merchant of Gloucester)

Term 5: Revision term

Term 6: Exam term, feedback and overview of year 8 topics

Year 8

Term 1: Queen Elizabeth I; Religious settlement and conflict including the Spanish Armada

Term 2: Britain and its impact on the World; The British Empire, Slave Trade and the American Colonies

Term 3: Oliver Cromwell; Civil War the Commonwealth

Term 4: London Life; The Gunpowder Plot, The Plague and The Great Fire of London

Term 5: Revision term

Term 6: Exam term, feedback and overview of year 9 topics

Year 9

Term 1: The Second World War; including the Holocaust and The Universal Declaration of Human Rights

Term 2: Women’s Suffrage

Term 3: Into the Modern World; Development of a Global Society including the social and cultural and change from in Britain 1901 to today

Term 4: China’s Qing Dynasty 1644 – 1911

Term 5: Revision term

Term 6: Exam term and feedback. If time: Neolithic Revolution; British Evidence

Purpose of study

A high-quality history education will help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of Britain’s past and that of the wider world. It should inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past. Teaching should equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement. History helps pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.


The national curriculum for history aims to ensure that all pupils:

  • know and understand the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world
  • know and understand significant aspects of the history of the wider world: the nature of ancient civilisations; the expansion and dissolution of empires; characteristic features of past non-European societies; achievements and follies of mankind
  • gain and deploy a historically grounded understanding of abstract terms such as ‘empire’, ‘civilisation’, ‘parliament’ and ‘peasantry’
  • understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically valid questions and create their own structured accounts, including written narratives and analyses
  • understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed
    gain historical perspective by placing their growing knowledge into different contexts:
  • understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history; between cultural, economic, military, political, religious and social history; and between short- and long-term timescales