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History at Cedars Newcastle

“What’s past is prologue” William Shakespeare, The Tempest

History at Cedars is taught to Key Stage 3 students. Topics covered range from the Norman Conquest to the end of the Twentieth Century. Events are studied chronologically, with students expected to learn not only about the significant events in British and international History, but also the impact of these events on the lives of the people.

Students can work individually, in pairs or small groups and are encouraged to develop their own opinions of past events, societies and people. Students also work with historical evidence as part of their studies, in order to carry out the work of real historians.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana.

Topics covered at KS3

  • Medieval England (Hastings, Castles and Medicine)
  • The Tudors (including Elizabeth and the Spanish Armada)
  • The long-term causes of the English Civil War
  • Cromwell-Hero or Villain?
  • The Voyages of Discovery and the growth of Empire
  • Slavery- from capture to emancipation
  • Industry- how did Staffordshire change from 1750 to 1900?
  • Victorian Britain- poverty, crime and punishment
  • The causes of the First World War
  • Trench warfare
  • How did life change for people in the First World War?
  • Votes for Women
  • The end of the First World War- did it cause World War Two?
  • The League of Nations
  • The rise of the dictators and the start of World War Two
  • Turning points in World War Two
  • The Holocaust
  • Was the USA right to drop the atom bomb on Japan?
  • The Cold War (including Berlin, Cuba and Vietnam)
  • Who killed JFK?
  • Britain and Ireland
  • Modern Global Terrorism and the impact of September 11th 2001