Our Key Stage 3 curriculum is designed to inspire and enthuse students, and to develop their historical knowledge in overview and in depth. Over the course of the key stage, we trace five big stories:
1. The economy, living standards and technology: what were people’s lives like?
2. Power and government: who had power and how did they govern?
3. Protest and rights: who tried to change things and how successful were they?
4. Religion, identity, society and culture: how did beliefs and ideas shape people’s lives and relationships?
5. Empire, war and international relations especially Britain’s relationship to other countries and peoples: where did Britain stand in relation to other countries?
This supports students in developing overall frameworks of historical understanding. A range of topics from different times periods and places are selected to provide in-depth studies that illuminate the overview.
Through these big stories about political, social, economic and cultural history, students are taught to recognise and use substantive concepts. They answer questions about cause and consequence, change and continuity, similarity and difference, using evidence to inform and substantiate historical claims. They discuss historical significance, unpick popular and scholarly interpretations and write narrative and argumentative history.
Resources supporting the History curriculum in Key Stage 3 can be found on, or are linked from, the History department site, accessible to students via a tile on RMUnify.
Year 7: How was Britain connected to the rest of the world before 1492?
Year 8: How did revolutions transform Britain and the world between 1492 and c.1900?
Year 9: For what should the twentieth century be remembered?
A highlight of year 9 is the residential trip to the First World War battlefields around Ypres in Belgium and on the Somme in France. Students trace the names of individuals from the local area and their own families on memorials in these areas. They deepen their understanding of the human and strategic dimensions of the conflict through visits to museums, trench reconstructions, and cemeteries including a tour of the Newfoundland Memorial Park at Beaumont Hamel, site of the disastrous first day of the Battle of the Somme. This visit also complements a study unit on injuries and medical treatments on the Western Front in the First World War, which is part of the GCSE course.