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Rooks Heath School

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Key Stage 3

Curriculum Information

KS3 Year 7 - 9

Students are taught to 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.

Students are challenged to 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.

Topics covered

Year 7:

What is History: Skills used to find out about the past

Medieval History 1066-1485 including The Norman Conquest, the Black Death and Peasants Revolt

Early Modern History 1485-1750 including Henry VII and the English reformation, the reign of Elizabeth 1, The English Civil War

Year 8:

British role in the Transatlantic Slave Trade

The growth of the British Empire

Industrial History 1750-1900: Social and political changes in the UK

Modern History 1900-present: World War 1, Nazi Germany, Holocaust, World War 2

Year 9 Bridging

Why were the police unable to capture Jack the Ripper?

What caused the Cold War?

Why was the American black civil rights movement significant?

How did Crime and punishment change over the last 1000 years?

Did King Richard and King John deserve the reputation they have acquired?

Learning experiences: Visit to the Museum of London. Students will have regular opportunities to develop historical skills as well as improve their general knowledge about the history of London, and the people who have lived here.

Pathways to Year 10 Options: Bridging Course History provides an opportunity to develop skills and knowledge in greater depth including an opportunity to practise an extended writing assignment. These skills and experiences will be invaluable for the study of GCSE History.

Prior knowledge/skills/interests recommended to apply for this course:

  • Genuine interest in a study of the past
  • Good listening skills
  • Enjoy reading

Additional Information (materials/teamwork/attendance)

  • A good track record for completing homework to a high standard
  • An interest in research and enquiry


Students should come to school prepared to engage fully in their History lessons. They must bring a pen and their excercise book to every lesson. It would be helpful if they could bring a rubber, sharpener, glue, coloured pencils and a notebook.


Websites: Please see our home learning page for links to the main websites we recommend.

Textbooks: These are used in Year 7-9. It is not necessary to purchase any text books.

  • Crown and Country; Britain 1500-1750 by Martyn Whittock, Hodder History, ISBN 0-340-75344-7
  • Changing Minds; Britain 1500-1750 by Christine Counsell et al, Longman, ISBN 0-582-29499-1
  • New Worlds for Old; Britain 1750-1900 by Neil DeMarco, Hodder History, ISBN 0-340-74749-8
  • Minds and Machines; Britain 1750-1900 by Andrew Wrenn et al, Longman, ISBN 0-582-29500-9
  • Challenge and Change; A world study after 1900 by Philip Ingram, Hodder History, ISBN 0-340-74233-x
  • Modern Minds; The twentieth century world by Jamie Byron et al, Longman, ISBN 0-582-29517-3