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History in Years 7-9

Key Stage 3 Programme of Study

According to History in the National Curriculum, produced by the DFEE:

Pupils should be taught about changes in the economy, society, culture and political structure of Britain from the early Middle Ages to the twentieth century. They should be taught about aspects of European and non-European history, and to make links and connections between historical events and changes in the different periods and areas studied. They should be given opportunities to use their historical knowledge to evaluate and use sources of information, and to construct narratives, descriptions and explanations of historical events and developments.


The Key Elements are closely related and should be developed through the Study Units, as appropriate. Not all the Key Elements need to be developed in each Study Unit.


At Barnard Castle School we aim to ‘shadow’ the NC Study Units. Across Key Stage 3, we cover five of the six which are specified; time constraints mean that it is not possible to examine fully Study Unit 6 - A past non-European society. The following broad outline illustrates those units which we do cover:





Year 7


Year 8


Year 9






Medieval Realms: Political


The Renaissance


Britain 1750- circa 1900




Medieval Realms: Social


Making of the UK: The Tudors


The Twentieth Century World: First World War




Medieval Realms: Religious



Making of the UK: The Stuarts


The Twentieth Century World: Second World War


Year 7 Scheme of Work: Medieval Realms

1. England in the C11

Pages 2-5        What were the Middle Ages like?

Pages 8-9        What was England like in the 1060s?


2. The Norman Conquest

Pages 10-13    Why was England conquered in 1066?

Pages 14-21    The Battle of Hastings

Pages 22-25    How did Duke William gain control?

Pages 26-29    How did William keep control?


3. Life in the Middle Ages

Pages 32-35    Reconstructing medieval villages

Pages 36-39    Source evaluation - Elton village


4. Medieval Villages

Pages 40-43    A year in a medieval village

Pages 44-47    Poor & rich in  medieval England


5. Medieval Travel

Pages 62-65    Travelling in the Middle Ages


6. Medieval Towns

Pages 66-71    Life in medieval towns


7. Religion in the Middle Ages

Pages 53-61    Religion in the Middle Ages

Pages 80-86    The murder of Thomas Becket


8. Justice in the Middle Ages

Pages 48-52    Justice in the Middle Ages


9. Medieval Kingship

Pages 87-91    Problems facing medieval kings


10. The Black Death & the Peasants' Revolt

Pages 72-77    The Black Death

Pages 92-100    The Peasants' Revolt


11. The Middle Ages

Pages 102-103    Which century would you choose to live in?


Year 8 Scheme of Work: The Renaissance

1. What was the Renaissance?

Pages 6-9        What was the Renaissance?


2. Italy in the Fifteenth Century

Pages 10-13    What was Italy like in the Fifteenth Century?


3. Leonardo da Vinci

Pages 14-15    Leonardo's art

Pages 16-21    Leonardo da Vinci's life


4. How did art change?

Pages 22-27    Art in the Middle Ages & the Renaissance


5. How did a Renaissance artist work?

Pages 28-29    Michelangelo & the painting of the ceiling of the Sistine Chapel


6. Architecture in the Renaissance

Pages 32-35    Renaissance architecture in Florence


7. The role of women in the Renaissance

Pages 36-39    The different roles of Renaissance women


8. What has the Renaissance given us?

Page 62            Images of the Renaissance



Year 8 Scheme of Work: The Making of the UK

1. England in the 1500s

Pages 6-9        What was life like in England in the 1500s?


2. Poverty in the 1500s

Pages 10-11    Were the poor really poor?

Pages 12-15    What did the government do about the poor?


3. The rich in the 1500s

Pages 16-19    What was life like for the rich in the 1500s?

Pages 20-23    What were the homes of the middle classes like?


4. Family Life in the 1500s

Pages 24-29    Life in the Seventeenth Century


5. The Church in 1500

Pages 31-33    Catholicism versus Protestantism


6. Henry VIII

Pages 34-35    Why did Henry VIII makes himself head of the Church in England?

Pages 36-39    How did Henry close the monasteries?


7. Edward VI & Protestantism

Pages 40-41    Changes introduced during Edward's reign


8. Mary Tudor

Pages 42-43    Mary Tudor and the return of Catholicism


9. The Reign of Elizabeth

Pages 44-55   What were the secrets of Elizabeth's success?


10. The Gunpowder Plot

Pages 56-59   Were the Catholics framed?


11. Causes of the English Civil War

Pages 62-71    Why did civil war break out in 1642?


12. Life During the Civil War

Pages 72-73    Cavaliers and Roundheads

Pages 74-75    Impact of the Civil War

Pages 76-77    Breaking enemy codes


13. Why was Charles I executed

Pages 80-83   Why did the English execute their king?


14. The Interregnum

Pages 84-87    Extremist groups during the 1650s


15. Oliver Cromwell

Pages 88-91   What kind of man was Oliver Cromwell?


16. The Restoration

Pages 92-93    Changes after 1660


Year 9 Scheme of Work: Britain 1750-1900

1. Britain 1750-1900

Pages 2-7        Britain in 1750, 1825 & 1900: what changed?


2. Businesses i the C18 & C19

Pages 8-9        Why did businesses grow?


3. The Darbys of Coalbrookdale

Pages 10-11    Comparing the three generations


4. Richard Arkwright

Pages 12-15    Why was Richard Arkwright successful?


5. Children in the mills

Pages 16-19    Examine the conditions of children working in the mills


6. Robert Owen

Pages 20-21    Arkwright & Owen


7. Agriculture

Pages 26-28    How did farmers produce more food?

Pages 52-55    Did life in the countryside get any better?


8. Transport

Pages 32-33    What was transport like in the C18?

Pages 34-35    Why was the Bridgewater Canal built?

Pages 36-39    What was the impact of the railways?


9. Social & Political Reform

Pages 86-87    Democracy in the 1820s & the 1990s

Pages 88-89    Was political reform needed?

Pages 90-91    The Great Reform Act, 1832

Pages 92-93    Chartism


Year 9 Scheme of Work: The Twentieth Century World

1. Causes of the First World War

Pages 12-15    Who was to blame for the start of WWI?


2. The First World War

Pages 16-19    Why wasn't it all over by Christmas?

Pages 20-21    What was the view from Britain?

Pages 22-25    What was life really like on the Western Front?

Pages 26-29    What was life like in the trenches?

Pages 40-45    Haig and the Battle of the Somme

Pages 82-83    The end of the war


3. The Treaty of Versailles

Pages 116-117    Was the Treaty a mistake?


4. The Second World War

Pages 150-151    Timeline of WWII

Pages 152-155    The need for evacuation

Pages 156-157    Living through the war

Pages 158-161    Dunkirk

Pages 162-163    The Battle of Britain

Pages 164-171    The Blitz

Pages 186-193    How did the Holocaust happen?