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KS3 History

The principal aim of the History Department is to foster an interest and enjoyment of studying the past. This History department seeks to engender a real love of the subject amongst its students. By stimulating students’ curiosity in the past we hope to develop their understanding of events as well as increase their ability to communicate ideas. The syllabus is designed not only to promote students enjoyment of History but also to allow them to build up the skills they need to be successful at GCSE and at A Level. Not only does History at Longsands allow students to understand the past, but it engages them with the present, in order to encourage students’ to develop their opinions and articulate them effectively.

History is taught across Key Stages 3, 4 and 5 with a programme of study that aims to give students maximum exposure to a wide range of periods. A variety of teaching methods are used that combine the traditional with the new; we uphold very high standards and expectations of our students.

History is compulsory at Key Stage 3 and optional at GCSE and ‘A’ Level

History at Key Stage 3 aims to build on students’ understanding of History at Key Stage 2. Students come to us to begin a chronological and thematic study of the period from 1066 to the present. We want the students to be able to evaluate sources, formulate arguments, judge historical interpretations and most of all enjoy their History.

Year 7

Students cover a range of different topics based around a set of enquiry questions. These include:

  • Why did the Normans win the Battle of Hastings?
  • Was the Norman Conquest really so significant?
  • Who had the power in the Middle Ages – the Crown or the Church?
  • Could a Medieval King do whatever he liked?
  • Did rats and rebels change people’s lives completely?
  • How much did the Tudors change their minds about religion?
  • What is the link between a British Prime Minister, a gun and St Neots?

Year 8

Students cover a range of different topics based around a set of enquiry questions. These include:

  • Should Elizabeth I be remembered as ‘Good Queen Bess’?
  • Gunpowder, treason, but whose plot?
  • Why was 1649 a year of such significance?
  • Was Charles I’s execution the end of Monarchial Power?
  • What were the causes of the French Revolution?
  • What has the Industrial Revolution done for us?

Year 9

Students cover a range of different topics based around a set of enquiry questions. These include:

  • Why was slavery abolished in the British Empire in 1833?
  • Why were people dying for the vote?
  • How did 2 bullets cause the death of 20 million people?
  • What were conditions like in the trenches of the First World War?
  • Was appeasement a mistake?
  • What were the most important turning points in the Second World War?
  • How could the Holocaust have happened?

Longsands History Department – Course Outline.pdf