Secondary History at city of Birmingham School

All pupils in Key Stage 3 will have one lesson of history per week. Through these lessons pupils will build on and deepen their chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history.

The topics for study follow a chronological sequence, beginning with the Norman Conquest in 1066 and culminating with perhaps the most significant event in world history, World War 2.

Our team of specialist historians have developed an engaging and challenging curriculum to enable our pupils to learn about history but more importantly to learn from key historical figures, significant events and the consequences of these.

Aims of History at City of Birmingham School

  • To allow pupils to extend and deepen their chronologically secure knowledge and understanding of British, local and world history,
  • To allow pupils to identify significant events, make connections, draw contrasts, and analyse trends within periods and over long arcs of time.
  • Provide pupils with the skills to use historical terms and concepts in increasingly sophisticated ways.
  • To encourage pupils to pursue historically valid enquiries including some they have framed themselves, and create relevant, structured and evidentially supported accounts in response,
  • Pupils will understand how different types of historical sources are used rigorously to make historical claims and to understand how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.

Assessment in History

Each unit of work includes a mid- point written assessment that will enable staff to monitor progress and identify any gaps in learning. A final assessment will be completed at the end of each unit and the lesson following the assessment will provide dedicated improvement and reflection time to enable pupils to reflect on their learning and make improvements to maximise progress.

Staff will also use ongoing formative assessment throughout the lessons to continually monitor the progress of students. This will include giving personalised written and oral feedback to pupils on a regular basis.

Key Stage 3 History-Curriculum content


Some useful websites:

https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/subjects/zk26n39  Packed with information and links to video clips about a whole range of history topics. Excellent for revision.
http://ks3historygames.co.uk/  Loads of fun quizzes, games and activities to test learning and deepen knowledge.
https://www.educationquizzes.com/ks3/history/  More fun quizzes on a whole range of history topics. Good for testing knowledge or revision.
https://www.natgeokids.com/uk/category/discover/history/  Covers a whole range of history topics and can be used to research further or deepen existing knowledge
https://historykids.net/  Easy to use site that contains loads of interesting facts about a whole range of history topics.

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