History - Key Stage Three

In Key Stage Three we are studying a thematic curriculum across students first three years at Honiton Community College. Students have three hours of History a fortnight. In year 7 we focus on the causes, development and consequences of conflict through time, from the Romans right up to the Second World War.

In Year 8 the themes are People, Power and Protest. Topics include the power of Cleopatra, the French Revolution, the fall of the Slave trade and the struggle for Votes for women.

In Year 9 we are in the final year of our chronological approach to History and students will be studying the Industrial Revolution, The First World War, the rise of dictators in Europe and the Second World War.


Year 7

What is History?

A general introduction to the skills and concepts needed to study History over the coming three years at HCC

Conquering Normans

Why was William able to win the battle of Hastings?

Was it luck or skills that enables William to be victorious over the Anglo - Saxons

Cracking Castles

How did castles help medieval monarchs keep power?

A look at Chepstow Castle – and how Castle development helped monarchs consolidate and control

Spiteful Spanish

How effectively did the Elizabethan navel fleet deal with the Spanish armada?

What was the Spanish Armada and how naval power help Elizabeth deal with the Spanish threat, or was the victory more a result of luck?

Spiteful Stuarts

The English Civil War - A victory for the common man

How did the tactics of Oliver Cromwell help the Parliamentarians win over the Kings forces?

Blistering Boer War

Was the Boer War the first modern conflict?

Why did such a conflict develop? How was it fought and who were the victors?

Frightful First World War

The First World War - an emotional experience for the British Soldier

A traumatic experience in the life of a large number of young men nearly 100 years ago, we aim to develop our students ability to empathise with the thoughts and feelings of so many who gave their lives.


Year 8

Awesome Egyptians

How Powerful were the Egyptian Pharaohs?

Who was Cleopatra and how did she rise and fall from power?

Ruined Romans

What was the cause of the collapse of the Roman Empire

How did such a large and all powerful empire fall so dramatically?

Marvelous Muslims 

Rulers of the Muslim World

How differently did government develop in the Muslim world?

Measly Monarchs

How far did power shift from the monarch during the Medieval Realms?

How did the medieval monarchs lose their once all powerful grip on government?

Outrageous Oliver

Was Oliver Cornwall a Hero or a Villain of the people 

Was Oliver Cromwell really a better alternative than Charles II?

Off with their heads!

The French Revolution - Why did the people chop off their king's head?

Why do the French choose to react against their rulers in such a dramatic fashion?

Savage Slavery

Slave Trade - How far are people the source of wealth?

Despite a more democratic government how do we allow people to become slaves? Also how did we bring an end to the trade?

Valiant Voters


How did woman win the vote?

Women proved their worth with the men during World War One and still had to fight to gain equal rights to vote – who did they eventually win the right?


Year 9

Incredible Industrial Revolution

One of the greatest periods of change for the masses in Britain we look at the positive and negative impacts such dramatic change had on everyday life.

Frightful First World War

A traumatic experience in the life of a large number of young men nearly 100 years ago, we aim to develop our student’s ability to empathise with the thoughts and feelings of so many who gave their lives.

Rotten European Dictators

How does war lead to the development of such extremes of government in the 1920’s and 30’s and how does this lead to more conflict?

Woeful Second World War

A chance for students to develop their independent investigative skills by focusing, in detail, on a battle of their choice from such a varied conflict



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