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.