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History at TKA will provide pupils with the opportunity to study subjects from the histories of Britain, Europe and the world so they can extend their knowledge and understanding of the past to help them make sense of the wider world in which they live.

Pupils will use their historical studies to create structured and well-evidenced responses to key enquiry questions, developing their own lines of argument and coming to individual conclusions. They will also develop key skills in areas such as second order concepts e.g. cause & consequence, similarity & difference, change & continuity and significance to arrive at judgements about what they do and do not believe about the past. To do this they will carefully explore source material and interpretations to develop their curiosity about the past and question the ‘accepted’ narratives so they can recognise that the diversity of the world in which we live today has been shaped by the events, people and attitudes of the past.


KS3 Curriculum


What is history? How far was Anglo-Saxon Britain the creation of other peoples?

Did the Normans bring a truckload of trouble?

Was the mediaeval Church more powerful than the monarchy ?

What was mediaeval life like if you weren’t a King?

How did revolts and plotting affect royal power?

Elsewhere: How did the mediaeval world change?


The Early Modern and Modern World: Changing Power, Beliefs and Peoples: How far did religion, conflict, exploration and industrialisation transform Britain and the world by 1900?

  • What can the Tudors tell us about the Early Modern World?
  • How did power change between the monarch and Parliament?
  • How did industrialisation change Britain?
  • Elsewhere: What was the impact of the Empire?
  • What has been the impact of enslavement on Modern Racism?


The Modern World: Ideologies, technology and conflict: How far did political ideologies, conflict, technology and migration affect the lives of people in Britain and the world in the 20th Century?

Were the Suffragettes justified?Was the Great War inevitable?

How did the Great War change people’s lives? How significant were the postwar World Developments?

Case Study: Germany – why did dictatorship succeed?

Case Study: USA – Why did Democracy survive?

What was the impact of World War 2 and the Cold War?

What does 20C British history show about multicultural Britain?


Going beyond the National Curriculum through:

  • Ypres school trips
  • Holocaust Memorial Day events
  • Hampton Court trips
  • National Archive
  • Rose Theatre trip
  • WW1 History Workshop
  • Series of events marking Black History Month
  • Imperial War Museum trips


For more information on the curriculum beyond KS3 please refer to the Guided Choices and Sixth Form Brochures which can be found on the:

Curriculum Page