The Key Stage 3 curriculum covers a combination of British, European and world history and provides a varied approach to studying the past, examining topics both thematically and in depth. In Years 7 and 8, students study a particular theme such as protest, in order to help identify patterns or note key turning points over time. Students will focus on several key topics in depth over the course of the year and identify and explain how these case studies relate to the broader overarching theme. In Year 9, students study twentieth century European history as well as medical developments in the Ancient World.
In their first year at JRCS, students study the theme of migration to Britain from 500 BC to the present day. Using a series of case studies, students will seek to explore the reasons for migration, the experience of migrants newly arrived to British shores and the impact these migrant communities had upon British society.
In Year 8, students study the theme of protest across time. Students will investigate the reasons for the different protests they study, the nature of the protest and consequences of these protests. Topics studied include the Peasants’ Revolt of 1381, the quest for Civil Rights in twentieth century America and various acts of protest against antisemitism in Nazi Germany.
Year 9 students begin the year examining the experience of British soldiers fighting on the Western Front during the First World War. A particular focus is given to examining the medical problems and treatments soldiers faced. Later in the year, students continue the theme of medical history through an investigation of medical ideas and practice in the Ancient World.
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- Year 7 – Migration to Britain 1500-1900
- Year 8 – Civil Rights in the USA
- Year 9 – Experience of British soldiers on the Western Front
At Key Stage 3 it is the intention that students will be set two pieces of homework within a half-term period. It is usual that at least one of these pieces of homework is designed to help prepare students for an upcoming formal assessment. Work will be checked and if the homework contributes to an assessment, written feedback will be provided.