History Key Stage 3

Welcome to the humanities department; at Stretford High, we deliver a combined Humanities programme consisting of Geography, History and Religious studies. Our aim is to inspire a curiosity and fascination about the world in which we live.

Students have two forty-five minute lessons each week as part of their Humanities curriculum. Links between the three subjects are identified and embraced in the amalgamated humanities programme of study. All programmes meet the requirements of the national curriculum.

Year 7

Year 7 curriculum overviewTopicUnit content
PR1The Norman ConquestLife in Anglo Saxon England, Contenders to the throne in 1066, The Battle of Hastings, Why did William win the Battle of Hastings? How did William establish control of England? Life, Crime and Punishment in Medieval England, Castles, The Black Death, The Peasants Revolt
PR2Islamic CivilisationWhat was life like in the Islamic world?, Was life in the Islamic world better than that in Western Europe? Why did Jerusalem become an area of conflict in the Middle Ages? Why did Christians go on crusade? What happened between Saladin the Merciful and Richard the Lionheart? How did Europe benefit from the crusades?


year 8

Year 8 curriculum overviewThemes Unit content
PR1Black People of America

Crime, Punishment and Protest
What is Slavery? The Slave Triangle, Africa before Slavery, The Middle Passage, Slave auctions, Plantation life, Slave rebellions, Abolition of Slavery, Female Abolitionists

Context of the Industrial Revolution, Peterloo Massacre, Metropolitan Police, Prisons, Jack the Ripper
PR2Women's Rights

World War One
Suffragettes and Suffragists, Emily Davison, Princess Sophia, Hunger Strikes, Women and War

Causes of WWI, Recruitment and Propaganda, Commonwealth Soldiers, Trench Warfare, Weapons, Battle of the Somme, Manchester and WWI, End of War


Year 9

Year 9 curriculum overviewThemesUnit content
PR1Civil Rights Movement

Nazi Germany
Jim Crow Laws, School Segregation, Lynching, Emmett Till, Rosa Parks, Greensboro Sit Ins, Black Panthers, Malcolm X and Martin Luther King, America Today

Hitler's early life, Munich Putsch, Hitler's Rise to Power, Propaganda, Education / Youth, Women, Terror, Opposition

Austerity, Affluence and Discontent
Treatment of Jews, Kristallnacht, Ghettoes, Life in Camps, Why Remember the Holocaust?

Problems in the 1950s, Economic recovery, Music/TV/Fashion, Women's Liberation, Government Scandals, Protest, Nottinghill Race Riots, Problems in Ireland, The Miner's Strike