In KS3 the history team consists of one full time teacher plus specialist support staff in each session.

Achievement and Progress

At Oaklands, history is delivered at KS3 where each group receives one 35 minute session each week. Assessment is made through continual teacher analysis which gives opportunities for additional support or extension activities. 

Curriculum Overview

The aims of teaching history is firstly to develop students awareness of the world they live in, establishing meanings to help them understand how and why things happen. Furthermore it is to reinforce key functional skills in literacy, numeracy and ICT through the medium of history.

History is delivered in a stimulating environment where students have access to the latest information technology (interactive whiteboards, iPads, and laptops). Additionally students historical understanding is reinforced through kinaesthetic, audio and visual teaching strategies, a regular programme of educational visits, audio visual aids and the use of drama.


History at Key Stage 3

During Key Stage 3 students will study:

Year 7 Year 8 Year 9
  • History - what is it all about?
  • How did William the Conqueror gain control of England?
  • Attack and Defence in Medieval Times
  • Life for Medieval people in Town and Village
  • The Stuart - Why were people plotting against King James I? 
  • The Stuarts & The English Civil War
  • What Was The Slave Trade?
  • How and why did slavery end?
  • How did the British Empire Develop?
  • What was the industrial revolution?
  • How did Women get the vote?
  • Why did World War I Start?
  • Why did it happen all over again? Causes & events World War 2
  • How were people ill-treated in Nazi Germany?
  • What was life like on the Home front during World War 2?
  • USA in the 20th Century
  • What was the appeal of America at the start of the Century?
  • Why did America join World War 2?
  • What was it like to live in Britain post 1945?