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Project 24 KS3 History

The aim of the History curriculum is to enable students to develop their understanding of the past and how it has impacted our society today. Students study a variety of topics, ranging from prehistory to 9/11.

Students are introduced to key historical skills such as source analysis, and the History curriculum is planned to enable students to apply their knowledge and historical skills to any topic. The curriculum prepares students for further historical study by continually revisiting and practicing the historical skills in every unit they study at ICC.

Throughout the History curriculum at ICC, students will have aspects of local history weaved through many of the units. From studying Roman Leicester, Anglo-Saxon and Viking villages near to us and Tudor society; students not only learn about the wider world but history on their doorstep. The curriculum is designed to foster curiosity, develop their own opinions based on evidence and a deeper understanding of our past.

Year 7

In year 7 we study different periods of time in Britain and around the world chronologically. The first term is focused on learning the historical skills needed to explore and understand our historical past. These skills are revisited in every lesson to build confidence and the skills needed for young historians.

  • What is History? – students are introduced to key historical skills.
  • Aztecs: students practice their new historical skills throughout this unit, looking at aspects of Aztec life.
  • Roman, Anglo-Saxon and Viking Life: a thematic study of how life has changed in Britain over time.
  • Norman Conquest and Medieval Life: students study the Norman invasion and develop their understanding of state and society in Medieval Britain.
  • The Crusades: students study the First Crusade in detail, developing their understanding of religion in the Medieval world.
  • Native Americans: moving over to North America, students study the first Americans and the impact Europeans had on them.
  • British Empire: this unit helps students understand how and why British society is how it is today, as well as the lasting impact the empire had on Australia and India.

Year 8

In year 8, we develop these historical skills by studying larger and more complex units of the early modern period to 20th century history. The year 8 curriculum focuses on the changes throughout history regarding church, state, minority groups and ideas. Students are introduced to historical scholarship and will study units by reading extracts from real historians such as Miranda Kaufmann and Andrea Stuart. This helps students develop critical thinking and analysis skills; both vital in history.

  • Renaissance & Reformation: students study the changes to European society and religion because of the Renaissance and Reformation beginning in the 16th century.
  • Tudors: the Tudor unit covers 3 key areas as this was a period of huge change.
    • Henry VII & VIII: students study the reign of Henry VII and the origins of the Tudor Dynasty; Henry VIII, what life was like, his marriages, as well as Edward VI and Mary I.
    • Elizabethans: a precursor to the GCSE unit, students study different aspects of Elizabethan society.
    • Black Tudors: based on the work of Miranda Kaufmann’s Black Tudors, these lessons study the everyday life of black people in Tudor England and are interwoven throughout the unit.
  • Transatlantic Slave Trade: students study the enslavement of black Africans in America and Britain and how it came to an end in 1807 in Britain drawing on scholarship from Andrea Stuart Sugar in the Blood.
  • American Civil War: students study the American Civil war that finally brought an end to the enslavement of African peoples in the 1860s. Students look at some key battles and turning points of the war, as well as African American experiences during and after the conflict.
  • Civil Rights: students study the Civil Rights movement in America through a series of case studies such as Emmett Till, Rosa Parks and Freedom Rides.
  • Suffrage: students study women's suffrage throughout the 20th century.

Year 9

The 20th century was the bloodiest century in our history, and year 9 is dedicated to its study. Each unit focuses on particular events of the century beginning with the Suffrage movement right up to recent events in the War on Terror unit. We also have an in depth local history study of Kenilworth Castle. Students have the opportunity to deepen their historical skills by analysing these events and how they have impacted the world we live in today. The year 9 curriculum prepares students for further study at GCSE by exploring second order historical concepts such as significance.

  • WWI: students study the causes of WWI, trench warfare and key battles before a detailed enquiry of the different fronts such as India, Australia, the Ottoman empire.
  • Rise of Hitler & The Holocaust: students study the rise of Hitler in the 1930s and a depth study of the Holocaust using recent research from UCL Centre of Holocaust Education.
  • WWII: students study the causes of WWII and will compare British and German home fronts during the conflict.
  • The Cold War: students study the causes and crises during the Cold War and how it changed warfare.
  • War on Terror: students study the war on terror beginning with the Gunpowder plot and more recent events such as Shamima Begum and Incel Movement. Students will have an understanding of terrorism, radicalisation and stereotyping.
  • Local History - Kenilworth Castle: an in depth study to a local site in Leicestershire. This unit links back to our Norman unit in year 7, our Tudor unit in year 8 demonstrating the depth and breadth of history. This unit gives students the opportunity to evaluate physical historical evidence.