Key Stage 3

Every pupil coming into St Crispin’s learns History: They will build on skills and knowledge they have learned in the Primary Schools and we hope that their Key Stage 3 studies will further encourage them to find out about the past and understand the people of the past and how their lives have affected our lives today.
At key stage 3, students will focus on becoming real historians. Yes, History is about ‘lots of stuff’ but it’s more important to realize how to use that ‘stuff’. We focus on the principle of enquiry, studying units that come to a significant outcome – whether that be essays, reports, videos, debates or models. From the Measly Middle Ages to the Terrible Tudors, the Vile Victorians to the Barmy British Empire – all the way up to the Twisted Twentieth Century, we aim to cover the most engaging parts of British and World History.

To view the Key Stage 3 Assessment Criteria for History – please click here

Year 7

Students are introduced to the study of a wide range of historical skills. Causation, interpretation, source evaluation, change and continuity and significance are all covered.

Our historical journey begins in the bog peats of Denmark with a murder mystery of ore-historic proportions before taking on the challenge of the greatest civilisation of all time – Rome. Our journey returns to British shores with a study of death, destruction and disease throughout the medieval period – through the study of King’s, Queen’s and common folk. The Black Death, Peasant’s Revolt and the Battle of Hasting’s all feature.

Year / Subject Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
7 Tollund Man

Romans

 

Battle of Hastings Norman Conquest Medieval Life

Thomas Beckett

Crusades

King John

Black Death

Peasants Revolt

Castles

War of the Roses

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zk26n39

Year 8

Students continue to develop their study of a wide range of historical skills. Causation, interpretation, source evaluation, change and continuity and significance are all covered.

Year 8 is rooted in the study of revolution, religion and revenge. From the streets if Tudor England to the beheading of a King, From the streets of Whitechapel and Jack the Ripper to assessing the validity of Danny Boyle’s Olympic dream. Student are also confronted with the reality of Britain’s imperial rule.

Year / Subject Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
8 Life in Tudor England

Reformation

Religious change under the Tudors

Elizabeth

Gunpowder Plot

Right to kill Charles?

 

Right to kill Charles?

Cromwell

Industrial Revolution

Child Labour

Jack the Ripper

Empire

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zk26n39

Year 9

Students have a final year to refine and perfect their study of a wide range of historical skills before the GCSE course begins. Causation, interpretation, source evaluation, change and continuity and significance are all covered.

The course revolves around the creation of the modern world. Covering two tragedies of the Atlantic – slavery and the Titanic – to the two great conflicts of the twentieth century- the Great War and the Second World War. Mystery lies in the fate if the Romanov royal family and the rise of Hitler whilst getting to grips with the origins of what many describe as the greatest crime in human history – the Holocaust.

Year / Subject Autumn 1 Autumn 2 Spring 1 Spring 2 Summer 1 Summer 2
9 Slavery

Abolition

Titanic World War One

Death of the Romanovs

America

Rise of Hitler

 

World War Two Holocaust

Atomic bomb

Cold War/JFK

http://www.bbc.co.uk/education/subjects/zk26n39

 

Enrichment Opportunities

During Key Stage 3 years pupils are encouraged to develop skills of understanding and evaluating historical evidence in the form of written and visual materials and artifacts, and to extend this by related visits to Warwick Castle, The Black Country Museum in Dudley, and the Bovington Tank Museum. We aim to give pupils three formal assessments in each year of Key Stage 3. These are marked according to National Curriculum levels, and lead to the pupils’ final Key Stage 3 History award at the end of Year Nine. Each assessment will focus on one of the National Curriculum targets of Knowledge and Understanding, Use of Source Material, and Historical Interpretation and Significance.
We also run half termly investigations after school for those with a particular passion and enthusiasm for the subject – whether this is planning an assassination attempt on Hitler’s life or deciding the moral dilemma of whether or not to bomb Auschwitz – are you tough enough?