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Mount Carmel - College for Girls

History KS3




Year 7 - In their first term students will complete an autobiography, a unit that develops skills crucial to the study of History, an investigation into the spread and development of mankind around the globe and an overview of immigration into the British Isles in the last 5,000 years.

Students will spend the rest of the year studying the medieval world. Students will have the opportunity to do assessments that test not only their knowledge but their skills.

Students will complete an assessment and an examination on the Battle of Hastings and a kinaesthetic assessment on the development of castles. In the final term students will compare the life of women in different social classes in medieval Britain. Students will have ample opportunity to develop their independent learning and research skills.


Areas covered in Year 8 include:

  • The reasons and results of Henry VIII’s changes to the Church in England
  • The reformation in England and its effects on society
  • The abortive counter-reformation and reasons for its failure
  • Reasons and causes of the English Civil War
  • The results of the English Civil War
  • The Commonwealth
  • The reasons for the slave trade
  • Slave life
  • “Who Do You Think You Are?’ research project


Areas covered in Year 9 include:

  • The causes of WW1: The motivations of the different empires.
  • The causes of WW1: International politics
  • The Causes of World War 1: The outbreak
  • WW1: Trench warfare
  • WW1: How the central powers lost the war
  • The Treaty of Versailles
  • The rise of Hitler
  • The Holocaust
  • Overview of WW2
  • Afro-Caribbean immigration to the UK
  • Irish immigration to the UK
  • Asian immigration to the UK
  • Is Britain Racist? : Arguments for and against
  • ‘Who do you think you are?’ research project

Assessment for Learning

The aim of the History department is not only to impart historical knowledge but also to improve the capacity of each and every student to improve their own learning skills and to do so in partnership with their peers and teacher.

Students are assessed four times. They will, whenever and wherever possible, have a chance to reflect upon their learning and then improve their work through peer marking. The History department will then mark their final pieces.


Students who work well will receive merits. Students who continue to do well over time or produce an excellent piece of work will receive a postcard or telephone call home. Students are expected to get excellent work signed by you (so you can see how well your daughter is doing). Exceptional students will be nominated for ‘Historian of the Month’. They will receive a gift voucher and a mention in assembly.