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St Thomas More

Catholic School


Why is History important?

Studying history is vital to help pupils gain a coherent knowledge and understanding of the past of Britain and the wider world. 

History can:

  • Inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about the past.
  • Equip pupils to ask perceptive questions, think critically, weigh evidence, sift arguments, and develop perspective and judgement.
  • Help pupils to understand the complexity of people’s lives, the process of change, the diversity of societies and relationships between different groups, as well as their own identity and the challenges of their time.


Key Skills Required

Enquiring mind, ability to meet deadlines, confidence to ask questions and share ideas, good communication skills.


Topics Covered in KS3

Number of lessons a week: 2

  • Historical skills
  • Romans in Britain
  • Norman Conquest
  • Tudors and Stuarts
  • Term 1: a) Industrial Revolution 1750 -1900 b) The Impact of the British Empire
  • Term 2: a) The First World War (1914-1918) b) The Global Effects of World War 2 (1939-1945)
  • Term 3: a) The Holocaust b) The Modern World after 1945


In Year 7, pupils are set 40 minutes of homework per week. There are also some longer term projects set during some key topics to allow students to work independently.

In Years 8 & 9, pupils are set homework once a week.  There will also be termly projects set to allow pupils to work independently to develop their research skills.

Assessment Details

In Year 7, pupils will be assessed through knowledge tests, keyword tests and extended essays.

In Year 8 and 9, each unit of work lasts a half term and will consist of 2 or 3 key enquiry questions.  Each enquiry will have a specific end product to be assessed. Assessments will target one (or occasionally more) key concepts. Pupils will produce a variety of documents to support their learning, ranging from essays and speeches to posters and in class presentations.


Revision Support



Key Tips for Success 

  • Pupils should spend at least 40 minutes on their homework
  • Pupils should always ask for help in areas that they are unsure of; they must ask for help with their homework in advance of the deadline.
  • Make sure that all work is presented neatly and always written in full and detailed sentences.


How can a parent help their child succeed?

Try to support your child by encouraging them to read about history. The better understanding of the world your child has, the better their analysis of past events will be. Encourage them to explore the past by exploring the fantastic city we live in.  In London there is rich history around every corner! 

Please support your child by encouraging them not to copy work straight from the internet or books, these can of course be used to support study, but pupils should produce work in their own words.