KS3 History



History is more than merely studying the past it is the key to the present and the clue to the future, for only by understanding where we started and how far we have come can we know how to go forward. As a subject History teaches you important concepts and skills, it is more than dates and names. While studying History at Biddenham you will look at the development of settlements and peoples across spans of time as well as focus on key events and individuals – by the time you finish year 8 you will have a solid foundation in preparation for GCSE.

Students of History will learn how to move beyond just describing the past and start to work on analysing it by addressing key concepts like change, cause, consequence, difference, similarity, continuity and significance. Whilst learning about these students will gain a greater understanding of the past and important terminology that helps with chronology (the study of time).

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is regular, but will not always involve work inside school. Some assessments will be project-based and done as homework while others will take the form of essays, tests or in class activities. Assessment will take place every three weeks in one form or another. It is important to be regularly assessed so that you have a clear idea of how you are progressing.

What books will be studied?

While we do not have set books that are used in History, reading is incredibly important to the subject; there are plenty of books you can read in your own time that will help you improve your learning. A good place to start is with the Horrible Histories series by Terry Deary. Our library carries several history magazines. There are also excellent historical fiction series that you might like.

Is there anything else I need to know?

We encourage our students to pay attention to current events; these are often linked to events in the past, and to visit museums or historical properties if possible.

How does this subject prepare students for GCSE option choice in year 9?

For those students who take History as a GCSE, what you learn in years 7 and 8 is an excellent foundation. You are building up your knowledge, understanding and skills – all of which are useful. For those who opt to not take History at GCSE the work you have done will make you a better well-rounded student as those analytical skills transfer well. In year 9 we continue on with the work done in year 7 and 8 but it is harder, as that is our pre GCSE year where you continue developing your skills and concept knowledge. Reading is incredibly important in history so continue to read and expand your vocabulary – the more complex the ideas you can share the better you are likely to do.

What extra-curricular opportunities are available for this subject and what can I do at home to challenge myself?

Try, if possible, to visit historical sites and museums. Watching documentaries related to periods you are studying or even other periods that interest you can also help you improve your historical knowledge and skills.

Who should I contact for extra information?

Course contact: Mrs Vaughan: reeann.vaughan@biddenham.beds.sch.uk