KS3 Curriculum

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9

Norman Invasion

Medieval England

Slavery through Time

Women's Suffrage Movement

Making of Modern Britain

Making of Modern Britain


Tudor England

English Civil War and Restoration

World War I

British Empire




Industrial Revolution

Great Figures of History

World War II





Our study of History is ambitious and encourages excellence for all students. We cover a wide range of topics from all of the main time periods and every continent. The key themes of our curriculum are Power and Politics; Society and Culture; Conflict and Resolution. British Values feature in all of our lessons focusing on Democracy; Individual Liberty; The rule of law; Mutual respect and tolerance.

In Year 7, we start with a study about the History of England considering the Norman Invasion of 1066 and its consequences for the English people. From there we move on to life in Medieval England and some of the momentous events that happened such as the Battle of Agincourt and Wars of the Roses. Tudor England and the English Civil War are very popular topics with students and the local history of Northamptonshire is studied within these topics. We start the summer term with the rise of Great Britain to become the most influential country in the world due in part to the inventions and successes of the Industrial Revolution. We then finish Year 7 by considering some of the great figures of history from Boudicca to Martin Luther King and from Admiral Nelson to Edith Cavell.

We start Year 8 with the topic of Slavery Through Time where we consider the institution of slavery from the Roman Empire through to the present day and the impact it has had on its victims. We then move on to a study of the position of women at the start of the 20th Century and their fight for the vote which culminated in the Representation of the People Act. Students are always excited to start our topic of World War I but are horrified when they learn that 1,000,000 British soldiers were killed on the battlefields to defend their country, protect its people and secure our freedom. At the end of the spring term students learn about the British Empire, the largest empire the world has ever known on which it is said that ‘the sun never set’ due to its size and global reach. We then move on to World War II and how Great Britain stood alone against Nazi Germany and against all odds managed to beat the might of Hitler’s armies. As part of this topic we also appreciate the courage and inspired leadership of the Prime Minister Winston Churchill during the darkest days of the War, the man who was recently voted as the greatest British person of all time. We finish Year 8 with the horrors of the Holocaust where millions of innocent people were slaughtered by the Nazi regime.

In Year 9 we carry on our Key Stage 3 curriculum with a study of the Making of Modern Britain. This module focuses on our most recent history and covers everything from the Suez Crisis to the victory in the Falklands War from the Miners’ Strike to the British people’s decision to leave the European Union in 2016. We also consider the major turning points in this period from Clement Attlee’s creation of the welfare state to Margaret Thatcher’s fight to make Britain a respected power once again including the re-forming of the special relationship with the United States of America through her close partnership with President Ronald Reagan.



Mr M Davies - Head of History
Mrs J Holmes – Director of Post 16 Learning and Careers & Teacher of History
Miss J Samples - History Teacher


If you would to find out more about the History curriculum, please contact Mr M Winter, Head of History

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