Curriculum Vital

All just a little bit of history repeating
The new Key Stage 3 history programme of study

Pupils should be taught about:

  • The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509

Examples (non-statutory, with new additions underlined):

  • the Norman Conquest
  • Christendom, the importance of religion and the Crusades 
  • the struggle between Church and crown
  • Magna Carta and the emergence of Parliament
  • the English campaigns to conquer Wales and Scotland up to 1314
  • society, economy and culture: for example, feudalism, religion in daily life (parishes, monasteries, abbeys), farming, trade and towns (especially the wool trade), art, architecture and literature
  • the Black Death and its social and economic impact
  • the Peasants’ Revolt
  • the Hundred Years War
  • the Wars of the Roses; Henry VII and attempts to restore stability
  • The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745

Examples (non-statutory, with new additions underlined):

  • Renaissance and Reformation in Europe
  • the English Reformation and Counter Reformation (Henry VIII to Mary I)
  • the Elizabethan religious settlement and conflict with Catholics (including Scotland, Spain and Ireland)
  • the first colony in America and first contact with India
  • the causes and events of the civil wars throughout Britain
  • the Interregnum (including Cromwell in Ireland) 
  • the Restoration, ‘Glorious Revolution’ and power of Parliament
  • the Act of Union of 1707, the Hanoverian succession and the Jacobite rebellions of 1715 and 1745
  • society, economy and culture across the period: for example, work and leisure in town and country, religion and superstition in daily life, theatre, art, music and literature
  • Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901

Examples (non-statutory, with new additions underlined):

  • the Enlightenment in Europe and Britain, with links back to 17th-Century thinkers 
  • and scientists and the founding of the Royal Society
  • Britain’s transatlantic slave trade: its effects and its eventual abolition
  • the Seven Years War and The American War of Independence 
  • the French Revolutionary wars
  • Britain as the first industrial nation – the impact on society
  • party politics, extension of the franchise and social reform
  • the development of the British Empire with a depth study (for example, of India) 
  • Ireland and Home Rule 
  • Darwin’s On The Origin of Species
  • Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day. In addition to studying the Holocaust, this could include:

Examples (non-statutory, with new additions underlined):

  •   women’s suffrage
  • the First World War and the Peace Settlement
  • the inter-war years: the Great Depression and the rise of dictators
  • the Second World War and the wartime leadership of Winston Churchill
  • the creation of the Welfare State
  • Indian independence and end of Empire
  • social, cultural and technological change in post-war British society
  • Britain’s place in the world since 1945

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