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 the themes of migration and protest; this helps them identify patterns or note key turning points in history. 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.
YEAR 7 – Migration, War and Conquest, AD 400-2000
In their first year at JRCS, students study the theme of migration, war and conquest into and out of 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, the conquests that have shaped modern Britain and the world and the impact this all had upon British society.
- Migration and settlement before and after the Norman Conquest (AD400-1100)
- The Crusades: the Christian conquest (AD 1096-1271)
- Migration during the Renaissance (c. AD 1250-1600
- How did the British East India Company conquer the Indian Subcontinent? (AD 1600-1858)
- Migration to the UK in the era of the two world wars (AD 1900-1960)
- How has migration changed modern Britain? (AD 1960-current)
YEAR 8 – Protest through time, AD 1100-1945
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.
- Magna Carta and its legacy, AD 1100-1297
- The Black Death and the Peasants Revolt, AD 1348-1381
- The Gunpowder Plot, AD 1603-1605
- The English Civil War: Origins, Conflict and Consequences, AD 1642-1701
- The Atlantic Slave Trade and its Abolition, AD 1640-1837
- Civil Rights in the USA, AD 1861-1965
- The Long History of Anti-Semitism in Europe, AD 63-1945
- Rebellions and Resistance during the Holocaust, AD 1939-1945
YEAR 9 – ‘A Century of Extremes’, AD 1900-2000
Year 9 aims to provide students with a more focused understanding of modern history. Eric Hobsbawm’s seminal series of books ended with his account of the twentieth century – A Century of Extremes. Inspired by this, the department have prepared a curriculum which enables students to develop a firm grasp of the history of ‘yesterday’. By the end of the year they will have a deeper understanding of the processes that produced the globalised world we live in today, and a critical and reflective understanding of the many debates that surround it.
- Medicine and trench life during the First World War, 1914-18
- The Russian Revolutions, 1905-1919
- The Soviet Union in the era of Stalin
- 20th Century Warfare: WW2, Korea and Vietnam
RIGHT TO WRITE:
- Year 7– Migration to Britain 1500-1900
- Year 8– Civil Rights in the USA
- Year 9– The Russian Revolutions
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.
JRCS History Projects Website
We are delighted to share this new website designed to provide students with extensive independent study activities. You will find numerous guided projects, links to excellent history websites and recommended documentaries.