KEY STAGE 3
At KS3 the students study history from 400AD to 2001 with each year focusing on a theme:
- Year 7 – Religion and Power
- Year 8 – Freedom and Democracy
- Year 9 – War and Genocide
Students will develop their historical skills through investigations surrounding Anglo-Saxon and Medieval England:
- How Wessex changed from 400-1066 (including some stuff on Rome)
- Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?
- Would a Peasant have noticed the Norman Conquest?
- Who held power in the Middle Ages?
- Were the Middle Ages really Measly?
- Was the English Reformation driven by Religion?
Students investigate themes of freedom and democracy through a range of enquiries:
- Was Charles I responsible for his execution?
- Was the British Raj good for India?
- How should we remember the British Empire?
- What did the Victorians do for us?
- Why was it so hard to catch Jack the Ripper?
- How did Britain achieve democracy?
Students develop their skills through a study of:
- Who or what was to blame for the First World War?
- Were the British Generals in World War One ‘Butchers and Bunglers’?
- How should bombing in World War Two be remembered?
- World War Two Museum Displays
- The Holocaust and Genocide
- Why has the Middle East become so dangerous?
The GCSE course examines the making of the modern world and is run by the Edexcel examination board. Students study two units in year 10, an outline study of Britain between 1903 and 1928 including the First World War and the campaign for women's suffrage. In addition students complete a depth study of the Russian Revolution 1914 – 1939
The year 11 GCSE History course involves a study of the Cold War. Students also complete a controlled assessment based on Protest in the USA 1945 - 1970 including the campaign for Civil Rights and student protest in this period.
Students follow the Edexcel Route H course:
- Britain Transformed, 1918-1997. This is a thematic study of political, economic and social concerns in the period and contains a depth study on the impact of Thatcher’s Government on Britain.
- USA 1955-1992, Conformity and Challenge. An investigation into how the USA was shaped in the second part of the 20th century. This includes studies on Civil Rights, economic and social change and the creation of the bitter Republican/Democrat divide.
- The Witch Craze in Britain, Europe and North America, 1580-1750. An exploration of the social concerns surrounding witchcraft and an examination of case studies from around the world.
- Students also complete a piece of coursework focusing on an historical controversy. There will be an element of choice to the topics covered.
- Year 7 take part in a Roman mosaics day in school, the infamous “Castle Cake” auction and a cross-curricular trip to Old Sarum.
- In year 8 visit Portsmouth Historic dockyard to explore the Mary Rose, Victory and Warrior – seeing how these tools of warfare and trade have changed over time.
- During the GCSE course we visit the battlefields in France and Belgium.
- In Year 12 students are given the chance to watch lectures given by historians, either in London or at the Chalke Valley History Festival.
- A year 13 trip is run to Washington DC to support the American aspects of the course.