Key Stage 3 History
Year 7Year 8Year 9

Thomas Becket

Year 7 History at Launceston College begins with a term studying, ‘What is History’. The key concepts involved in studying the history discipline and becoming a good historian are covered using specific events from world history to illustrate the skills. They include; chronology, empathy, significance, cause and effect and interpretation.

At the start of the spring term the students move on to ‘Medieval Realms 1066 – 1500’. Using the skills from the first term the students study the Norman invasion, the plague, the Peasants Revolt and the murder of Thomas a’ Becket.

In May the whole of Year 7 (approximately 240 students) take part in a history ‘Learning 2 Learn’ day. This involves a whole day out of school visiting Launceston’s Norman motte and bailey castle, medieval church, town wall and museum. This helps to prepare the students for the summer term synoptic unit examining the history of fortifications.

Further details can be found on the Year 7 VLE page (you will need your son/daughters password) by clicking on the link below. This will give you access to the scheme of learning, various class room worksheets/resources and an electronic copy of the ‘Medieval Realms’ text

Year 7 History VLE Page

Industrial

In the autumn term students study the period of the Tudors and Stuarts. The period is one of radical religious and economic change which ultimately leads to the English Civil War. There is one assessment task on ‘Bloody Mary’. After Christmas we move into the period that saw Britain industrialise. We look at the Slave Trade, life in industrial cities and the fight by the poor for a political voice. The school year ends with a final depth study, an investigation into the identity of Jack the Ripper.

Further details can be found on the Year 8 VLE page (you will need your son/daughters password) by clicking on the link below. This will give you access to the scheme of learning, various class room worksheets/resources and a quiz section to help you to prepare for the next village hall event.

Year 8 History VLE Page

moon landing

The option selection process can mean that Year 9 is the last time history is formally studied in a pupil’s educational career. The History Department therefore has two missions in Year 9; one is to equip students to enter GCSE History study with a solid grounding in the skills linked to the exam board rubric. The second, aimed at students about to depart from the study of this rigorous and demanding subject, is to try and make sense of the 20th century to put the 21st into perspective.

We start Year 9 with an in-depth examination of the causes of the First World War. The fact that a terrorist suicide squad was the trigger helps make useful links with the first decade of the 21st century. The horrors of trench warfare put the rise of communism and fascism into context before the students study various aspects of the Second World War. The dropping of the atom bomb is a key assessment task before the Cold War and the Cuban Missile Crisis bring us to the 1960s. In the final term students can chose a project topic from a variety of events post 1945. This can range from the setting up of the NHS, Indian independence or the Suez Crisis through to the Berlin Wall, Kennedy’s assassination, England and 1966, the fall of communism, the Middle-East, Beatle-mania, the Moon landings or even the Gulf War. It really is open to the students to choose.

Further details can be found on the Year 9 VLE page (you will need your son/daughters password) by clicking on the link below. This will give you access to the scheme of learning, various class room worksheets/resources and a quiz section to help you to prepare for the next village hall event.

Year 9 History VLE Page