KS3 Curriculum Overview: History


Year 7

Autumn Term 1

Project-based unit

‘As a new town, Milton Keynes has been insignificant in the development of Britain’. To what extent do we agree with this view?

Ethos links

Milton Keynes – Development over time
STEM – investigation process, significance of STEM in history of MK
Character – developing aspects of Respect, Responsibility, Kindness

Knowledge & Skills
  • Develop an understanding of the work and skills required of an historian. Develop an historical overview of key events and people associated with Milton Keynes.
  • Historical Enquiry, Source analysis, Key concepts (continuity & change, cause & consequence, significance)
  • Finding evidence, applying knowledge, thinking, reasoning and making judgements.
Assessment
  • Source analysis
  • Significance

Autumn Term 2

Medieval Realms – Topic 1: The Normal Conquest

How did the Norman Conquest change Milton Keynes

Ethos links

Milton Keynes – links to local history (Domesday Book)
Character – respect, responsibility and leadership

Knowledge & Skills
  • Life in Anglo-Saxon England, Reasons for problems in 1066, Battle of Stamford Bridge & Battle of Hastings, consolidation of power after 1066, role of castles.
  • Cause & consequence
  • Communication, planning & organisation, analysis and evaluation
Assessment
  • Concepts: causation mini essay
  • Knowledge test

Spring Term 1

Medieval Realms – Topic 2: Life in the Middle Ages

How measly were the Middle Ages?

Ethos links

STEM – historical enquiry into Medieval Villages

Knowledge & Skills
  • The development of the Feudal system, life in a village & town, significance of religion, the development and significance of the Black Death.
  • Historical enquiry, source analysis, significance
  • Research, finding evidence, analysis and evaluation
Assessment
  • Historical enquiry
  • Source analysis
  • Knowledge test

Spring Term 2

Medieval Realms – Topic 3: Power & Politics in the Middle Ages

What challenges did Medieval monarchs face?

Ethos links

Character – Respect, responsibility and kindness (leadership)

Knowledge & Skills
  • The role and power of Medieval kings, conflict with the Church – Thomas Becket, the reign of King John
  • Cause and consequence, significance, interpretations
  • Analysis and evaluation, thinking, reasoning & making judgements, communication, planning & organisation
Assessment
  • Concepts: significance mini essay
  • Knowledge test

Summer Term 1 & 2

Thematic Study: The Development of Democracy in Britain c.1200-1928

How did Parliament become more powerful than the Crown?

Ethos links

STEM – related skills
Character – responsibility & the role of individuals

Knowledge & Skills
  • Develop an understanding of how and why political power and authority has changed over time. Students will consider the importance of different individuals, groups and factors in leading to these changes and explore the significance of these changes.
    • Magna Carta and first parliament,
    • The English Civil War & Oliver Cromwell
    • Restoration monarchy & the Glorious Revolution
    • 19th century voting systems, protest groups, Great Reform Act
    • Votes for women in the 20th century
  • Change and continuity
  • Significance
  • Making links and applying knowledge, questioning, Thinking, reasoning and making judgements, Finding evidence
Assessment
  • Source analysis
  • Concepts: continuity and change
  • Knowledge test

Year 8

Autumn Term 1

Industrial Britain – The Industrial revolution c.1750-1900

Why was STEM so important in the transformation of Britain?

Ethos links

STEM – considering the significance of science, technology and engineering in transforming the political, social and economic landscape of Britain
Sustainability – Environmental impacts of industrialisation

Knowledge & Skills
  • Changing patterns of work, technological innovation, transportation. Working conditions, life in an industrial town, developments in public health and crime and punishment.
  • Source analysis, continuity and change
  • Finding evidence, applying knowledge
Assessment
  • Knowledge Test
  • Source analysis

Autumn Term 2

Industrial Britain – The British Empire

Should Britain apologise for the Empire?

Ethos links

Character – developing aspects of respect, kindness, responsibility
Sustainability – impact of empire on future development

Knowledge & Skills
  • What is an empire? reasons for the growth of empire, development of the British Empire, case studies of impact of British rule, legacy of empire
  • Cause and consequence, significance
  • Communication, planning and organisation, making links and applying knowledge, analysis and evaluation
Assessment
  • Knowledge test
  • Concepts: consequence

Spring Term 1

The Transatlantic Slave Trade & Civil Rights

What was the human cost of sugar?

Ethos links

STEM – related skills
Character – developing aspects of respect, kindness, responsibility

Knowledge & Skills
  • What is slavery? Origins of slavery and the transatlantic salve trade, motivations for slavery, triangular trade and the middle passage, Life on a plantation, slave resistance, abolition of slavery
  • Cause and consequence, source analysis
  • Finding evidence, applying knowledge and making links, questioning, thinking, reasoning and making judgements
Assessment
  • Knowledge Test
  • Source analysis

Spring Term 2

The Transatlantic Slave Trade & Civil Rights

How significant were the actions of individuals in ending slavery and gaining Civil Rights?

Ethos links

STEM – related skills
Character – developing aspects of respect, kindness, responsibility (role and actions of the individual)

Knowledge & Skills
  • Abolition of slavery in the USA, Jim Crown and segregation, events of Civil rights Movement in the USA, the significance of MLK, Treatment of Black people in Britain, campaigns for racial equality, the contribution of Black Britons.
  • Historical enquiry, source analysis, significance
  • Research, finding evidence, analysis and evaluation, research, questioning
Assessment
  • Knowledge Test
  • Historical Enquiry

Summer Term 1 & 2

The First World War

How did one bullet change the world?

Ethos links

Milton Keynes – local study of community involvement
STEM – role of technological innovation on war

Knowledge & Skills
  • Causes of WW1, joining the army, trench warfare, key battles of WW1, The British Home Front-rationing, role of women, role of censorship and propaganda, Development of technology, end of WW1.
  • Cause and consequence, significance, source analysis
  • Finding evidence, applying knowledge, analysis and evaluation, analysis and evaluation, thinking, reasoning and making judgements
Assessment
Summer Term 1
  • Knowledge Test
  • Concepts: Causation
Summer Term 2
  • Knowledge test
  • Source Analysis

Year 9

Autumn Term 1

The Rise of Hitler and Life in Nazi Germany

What was life like inside a totalitarian state?

Ethos links

Character – Respect, Responsibility, Kindness (leadership, individual responsibility, tolerance)

Knowledge & Skills
  • Who was Adolf Hitler? The problems facing the Weimar Republic, The Great Depression, the role of Hitler and the Nazis, Hitler’s consolidation of power, Nazi policy towards women and youth. Role of propaganda and terror.
  • Cause and consequence, continuity and change
  • Communication, planning and organisation. Analysis and evaluation, thinking reasoning and making judgements.
Assessment
  • Knowledge test
  • Concepts: continuity and change

Autumn Term 2

The Holocaust

How did it happen?

Ethos links

Character – Respect, Responsibility, Kindness (role of the individual, tolerance and British Values)

Knowledge & Skills
  • Jewish life before 1933,Hitler’s anti-Semitic views, role of propaganda and indoctrination, Anti-Semitic policies 1933-1938, Kristallnacht, the development of the ghettos, the origins of the Final Solution, concentration camps, liberation, collaboration & responsibility
  • Source analysis, cause and consequence, significance
  • Questioning, finding and using evidence, research, listening
Assessment
  • Knowledge test
  • Source analysis

Spring Term 1

Britain at War 1939-1945

History repeating itself? Why was there another world war

Ethos links

STEM – related skills

Knowledge & Skills
  • Causes of WW2 – Hitler’s aims, actions and international policy, Key events of WW2 – Dunkirk, Battle of Britain, Pearl Harbour, Eastern Front
  • Cause and consequence, significance, interpretations
  • Analysis and evaluation, thinking, reasoning and making judgements. Communication, making links and applying knowledge
Assessment
  • Knowledge test
  • Concepts: causation

Spring Term 2

Britain at War 1939-1945

What was the human cost of total war?

Ethos links

Milton Keynes/STEM – case study of Bletchley Park

Knowledge & Skills
  • The Home Front – Evacuation, Rationing, the Blitz, censorship ,and propaganda. Site study – Bletchley Park, D-Day and the end of WW2
  • Source analysis
  • Finding evidence, applying knowledge, thinking, reasoning & making judgements
Assessment
  • Knowledge test
  • Source analysis

Summer Term 1 & 2

The Modern World since 1945

What did the world learn from the events of WW2?

Ethos links

STEM – related skills
Character – Respect, Responsibility, Kindness (leadership, individual responsibility, tolerance

Knowledge & Skills
  • Exploring key British & world issues that have shaped the modern world – The Cold War, Issues in Northern Ireland, Arab-Israeli conflict, Terrorism, Immigration?
  • Historical enquiry, continuity and change, cause and consequence
  • Research, finding evidence and applying knowledge, thinking, reasoning and making judgements, questioning
Assessment
Summer Term 1
  • Historical enquiry
  • Knowledge test
Summer Term 2
  • Knowledge test
  • Concepts: continuity & change
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