Through learning about History and providing people with a sense of their past we allow people to better understand how culture and society has developed today. History also allows us to learn from our mistakes, to be able to reflect on past actions to ensure that they never happen again. Honywood Historians are encouraged to ask important questions, use and evaluate evidence to support their answers and develop their skills of analysis and being critical of sources of evidence.


History at KS3 develops highly skilled Historians through rigorous, engaging and choice driven learning. Although they have a wide range of choice in the historical topics that they explore, they are guided through how to investigate as a Historian, learning the skills to explore significance, cause and consequence, change and continuity, and using evidence to support their hypotheses.

Learners explore a range of enquiries, including: What is history? Which historical event or person was the most significant? When was life in Britain most beautiful?  What happens when two worlds or cultures collide? Where do I come from?

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In Cohort 9 learners focus on Thematic Studies, Britain: Health and the People.

Learners begin their thematic study by examining various different development of Historical skills by examining developments in medicine. They consider the causes, scale, nature and consequences of short term and long term developments and the impact these changes had on British society. Honywood GCSE Historians will be answering questions on which ancient doctors had the greater impact on medical advancements and the impact war and individuals had on the advancement of medicine.

Learners then go on to study democracy and dictatorship in Germany from 1890 to 1945. Learners explore how Hitler, a poorly educated and once homeless man, managed to take the Nazi Party from 54 members 1919  to gain 11,737,000 votes in 1932, to become the German dictator. Learners investigate how Hitler destroyed Germany’s democratic system and turned Germany into a police state that would go on to kill over 7 million Jews, communists, homosexuals, gypsies and other ‘enemies of the state’.

Study in Cohort 10 focuses on Conflict and tension in Asia, 1950 – 1975. Learners look  the period of the Cold War which saw the world under threat of a nuclear apocalypse. How did it come to this, and who was to blame? Learners investigate the role of nationalist movements in causing and sustaining conflict and how it proved difficult to resolve the tensions that arose in Korea and Vietnam.

Learners then go on to study Norman England. Learning considers the impact the arrival of the Normans had on England and how they went about establishing their rule. Learners look at five major aspects of Norman rule, including the economy, politics, social, cultural and religious standpoints. Learners investigate how the Normans succeeded in the Battle of Hastings in 1066 and how they went about establishing their rule in Britain after the invasion. They investigate life under the Normans and church reform under William the Conqueror. Learners will also be required to study a specific historical site in depth, looking at the location of the structure, how it was built and how the context of the time fits in with the historical site.

In Cohort 11 Honywood Historians complete their learning on Norman England before  turning their attention back to revision in preparation for their final examinations in the summer. Learners will then be able to create revision resources, and practice examination style questions throughout the year.