Curriculum: Key Stage 3

KS3 Curriculum Guide - Year 9 History
Term 1Causes of WW1   
Students will study the causes of the First World War through a variety of different tasks. They will gain an understanding of the international relations during the early 1900’s and how this led to war. Students will be able to describe long and short term causes of an event. The unit will end with an extended piece of writing that discusses causation, importance and students can link reasons together.
Assessment: GCSE assessment focus on inference and utility. Key Words and Terms
Term 2World War One   
Students use sources to investigate life in the trenches and the modern warfare used in WW1. Students look at everyday life in the trenches, whilst also looking at the new weapons and their impact on the war. A focus on the Battle of the Somme and General Haig.
Assessment: Edexel Baseline on Causes of WW1.Key Words and Terms
Term 3Hitler  
Students will consider the rise of Hitler in Germany with a focus on the Treaty of Versailles. Students will then use a variety of sources to study life in Nazi Germany. There will be a focus on Hitler Youth and Women. This unit is preparation for GCSE unit on Germany.
Assessment: Book assessment throughout the unit on interpretations and source questions.Key Words and Terms
Term 4World War Two  
Pupils will examine the main causes of World War Two starting with Hitler’s aggressive foreign policy after becoming Führer followed by Chamberlain’s appeasement policy. Topics studied after this, including the Battle of Britain and the Dunkirk evacuation, will give students an understanding of the perilous position Britain was in so early on in the conflict. Furthermore, the attack at Pearl Harbour and the Nazi defeat at the hands of the Russians will give students an understanding of how the tide of war changed culminating in Japan’s surrender after Hiroshima and Nagasaki.
Assessment: GCSE style question How far do you agree with interpretation 1 about the reasons that America dropped the atomic Bomb? Explain your answer using both interpretations and your knowledge of the historical context.Key Words and Terms
Term 5Holocaust 
Students will examine the origins of anti-Semitism throughout Europe in the last 2000 years culminating in the implementation of the Nazis ‘Final Solution’ from 1942-45. They will study how Nazi persecution began and in the ways it became more severe after Kristallnacht in 1938. They will also examine the role of a number of individuals including Heydrich, Himmler and the resistance movements.
Assessment: Extended piece of writing: Using the sources and your own knowledge explain how the Nazi persecution of the Jews changed in the years 1933/1938-45?Key Words and Terms
Term 6Cold War   
Students start the GCSE course on the Cold War, they look at the beginning of the Cold War; the conferences, and the events of the 1950's. They will consider the impact on Europe of the USA taking on the policy of containment. Students will also be introduced to the GCSE skills required on the Cold war paper.
Assessment: Term 6 end of year paperKey Words and Terms