KS3 Humanities

At Key Stage 3 groups will be following an internal programme which follows the National Curriculum from History, Geography and Religious Studies.


Our aim in Humanities is to provide and encourage students with an understanding of our past, to ensure that they can access our world current affairs today. Students are encouraged to discuss different beliefs and practices within the world faiths and to develop a broad knowledge of history in the past, geographical places around the world and to evaluate beliefs and practices as a key skill. This is achieved in lessons via guided tasks, questions and activities, audio visual aids and most recently with online learning. Students are taught using a wide variety of texts and teaching methods and there is an emphasis on current events to help relate Humanities to the present day.

Throughout KS3, students are encouraged to be independent in their learning and to take pride in their work. We pride ourselves on engagement with students and will always offer a friendly and supportive environment in the classroom.

Below is a guide to show what your child will be studying during KS3. The topics role over a three-year period and is designed to link with cross curricular topics and current events from other subjects such as English, Science and PSHE. This will in turn engage students with an understanding of the world around them, to raise awareness of issues affecting our world and to lay a solid foundation for further study at KS4 through a GCSE pathway.


Course Part

Autumn Term 1 Autumn Term 2 Spring Term 1 Spring Term 2 Summer Term 1 Summer Term 2
Humanities A Religion and Animals Religion and Prejudice Geography Planet Earth World War Two  


Ancient Egypt
Humanities B Countries Around the World The Country of Italy Witchcraft in the

16th and 17th Century

Witch Craft Modern Times Napoleon and

The Napoleonic Wars.

The Industrial Revolution
Humanities C Living World

Deserts and The Environment

Physical Landscapes of the UK Holocaust Memorial Day Project The Cold War Religion, Peace and Conflict Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?


Humanities provides pupils with a good knowledge and an understanding of Humanity and that if we do not learn about the atrocities of the past, this will undoubtedly affect our future.

Humanities in Larches High School tries to ensure that pupils have an understanding to appreciate other people and show that they can be a good citizen within the community. Our curriculum clearly embeds pupils with good morals and equips them with the knowledge of a level of how our society has changed over time which links pupils’ knowledge to British Values and of cultural capital.


GCSE History

The GCSE History course is studied at KS4, it is aligned to the Pearson Edexcel examination board. We have created a scheme of work, that links in with both the National Curriculum for History and with the Pearson Edexcel specification. There is a particular emphasis upon British History, so our pupils know the British Values of democracy: the rule of law, individual liberty, mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith. This is embedded within lessons, to ensure pupils grow to become good citizens of our world, who have learnt to look after humanity, by looking at past events and understanding the cause and consequences of particular parts of History.


GCSE History Autumn Term 1 Autumn Term 2 Spring Term 1 Spring Term 2 Summer Term 1 Summer Term 2


Year 10

c1700–present: Medicine in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Britain.



Early Elizabethan England, 1558-88.


Challenges to Elizabeth at home and abroad, 1569-88.


Elizabeth society in the Age of Exploration, 1558-88.


The American West c1835–c1895


The early settlement of the West, c1835–c1862


Development of the plains, c1862–c1876


Development of the plains, c1862–c1876





Year 11

Conflicts and conquest, c1876–c1895

The Weimar Republic 1918-29


Hitler’s rise to power, 1919–33


Nazi control and dictatorship, 1933–39


Nazi control and dictatorship, 1933–39


Life in Nazi Germany, 1933–39


Life in Nazi Germany, 1933–39


Revision/Reflection Programme GCSE Exams