At KS3 we follow a chronological approach to History.
We begin iwith an introduction to the study of History. We then move onto a pivotal event in British History - the events of 1066. Once we have looked at the battles of 1066 and the reasons why Harold lost the Battle of Hastings, we look at how William the Conqueror controlled his new country considering the lasting impact on Britain. A study of life in Medieval England follows, including the Magna Carta & the Black Death. We then look at castles and how their building controlled the country. We end year 7 as we started - with a study of a battle, the Battle of Bosworth field, 1485.
We study the Tudors, looking at the different Kings and Queens and pivotal events such as the Reformation and the Dissolution of the Monasteries. We look at Elizabeth I, the 'discovery' of America and the initial settlements at Roanoke and Jamestown. We consider the defeat of the Spanish Armada. We then move to a study of the Stuart monarchs, looking at the Gunpowder plot of 1605. Following this we look at the English Civil War, understanding why the Royalists lost and the reasons why Charles I was executed. We consider the impact of this period on the way the country is run to this day. We then move back across the Atlantic to a study of Slavery and the Black Peoples of America.
We begin by looking at the world-changing events of the Industrial Revolution. We consider the new inventions, life in the industrial cities, the studies of poverty and protest. After the Industrial Revolution we look at the First World War and its lasting impact, moving towards a study of the inter-war period and the rise of the Nazis. This leads to a study of the Holocaust and we finish with a depth study on WWII.