History KS3

Here are some pages based on the requirements of the new curriculum taught from September 2016. Many more can be found through the Worksheet Finder.

Pupils in Key Stage 3 will enjoy studying Medieval Monasteries, discovering facts about Parliament and even learning about the ancient Kingdom of Benin.

The Open Field System
Medieval cuisine
The Benin Empire

These pages cover the entire syllabus for Key Stage 3 history, arranged in the order the subjects were taught pre-2014. They include teaching suggestions, outlines of the topics and activities.  Some directly cover the topics; others give a broader perspective on the period or topic, which helps pupils put their knowledge into context.

Unit 1. Introductory unit what's it all about?

In key stage 3, pupils will learn:

  • to recall knowledge from previous history lessons
  • to place events and people in chronological order
  • to listen to and work with others
  • to make judgements about what makes an individual important and to provide reasons
  • that different historical sources can supply different sorts of information
  • that several different types of source are useful for finding out things in history
  • that history helps explain the present
  • to ask questions to gain clarification or further information
  • to use appropriate vocabulary
  • that historians need to use more than one source to find out about a person or event in the past

Unit 2

William the Conqueror's laws
Punishment in Medieval England

Unit 3 How hard was life for Medieval people in town and country? 

Medieval life
The Black Death and its consequences
Peasants' Revolt

Unit 4 How did the Medieval Church affect people's lives?

Church in Medieval England
Power of the Church
Medieval realms - St Mary's Abbey

Unit 5 Elizabeth I - how successfully did she tackle the problems of her reign?

Elizabethan propaganda
Chronology of Queen Elizabeth I
Queen Elizabeth I
How effectively did Elizabeth solve problems?

Unit 6 What were the achievements of the Islamic states 600-1600?

Short history of Islam
Islam and the Crusades
Medieval crusades

Unit 7 Images of an age. What can we learn from portraits 1500-1750?

National Portrait Gallery
Great seals
Images of an age
Tudor Britain

Unit 8 The Civil Wars - was England 'turned upside down' in the 17th century?

Civil War
World turned upside down

Unit 9 From Glorious Revolution to '45 - how united was the kingdom?

The Act of Union
Union of 1707
The making of the Union
The Union Flag

Unit 10 France 1798 - 1794 - why was there a revolution?

French Revolution
French Revolution 1795
French Revolution glossary
Archive resources on the French Revolution

Unit 11 Industrial changes - action and reaction​

The Industrial Revolution
The Industrial Revolution and your local area
Change and the Industrial revolution
Industrial Revolution and the local area
Unit 12 Snapshot 1900: what was British middle class life like?
Britain through time
Photo archive
The Titanic
The census

Unit 13 Mughal India and the coming of the British

Mughal India-the Brtish Museum
The Mughal Empire
Religion and ethics-Islam

Unit 14 The British Empire - how was it, by 1900, Britian controlled nearly a quarter of the world?

The British Empire and Commonwealth Museum
The British Empire
The sun never sets...

Unit 15 Black peoples of America: from slavery to equality?

Native North Americans
Martin Luther King
Native Americans-interactive activities

Unit 16 The franchise: why did it take so much longer for British women to get the vote?

Emmeline Pankhurst
The Suffragettes
Source material on the Suffragettes
History of the Suffragettes

Unit 17 Divided Ireland; why has it been so hard to achieve peace in Ireland?

Irish timeline
The end of British rule in Ireland
Home Rule for Ireland
Irish Free State

Unit 18 Hot War, Cold War: why did the 20th century conflicts affect so many people?

The Cold War
The Imperial War Museum
Main causes of World War II
The First World War

Unit 19 How and why did the Holocaust happen?

The Holocaust
Why did the Holocaust happen?
Anne Frank

Unit 20 Twentieth century medicine - how has it changed the lives of people?

School meals
Welfare reforms
20th century medical advances
Medicine through time

Unit 21 From Aristotle to the atom: scientific discoveries that changed the world

20th century inventions
Technology at home

Unit 22 The role of the individual: for good or for ill?

Guy Fawkes
Historic figures
Martin Luther King
Adolf Hitler

Our current pages are based on the National Curriculum for England.


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