History at KS3 (Years 7-9)

At Ysgol Rhiwabon, we believe it important that pupils are given the opportunity to develop their historical skills and build on their knowledge and understanding of life in Wales and Britain over the last millennium.

Pupils are taught in mixed ability groups in year 7 and are in banded teaching groups in years 8 and 9.  Pupils have three lessons over the two-week timetable.

What will pupils study?


Year 7– Pupils investigate how the coming of the Normans affected Wales and Britain between 1000 and 1500. This includes topics such as the Battle of Hastings in 1066, the Black Death, the Crusades and Voyages of Discovery.


Year 8- Pupils investigate the Change and Conflict in Wales and Britain and the wider world between 1500 and 1760. This includes topics such as the Wars of the Roses, the Reformation, the Spanish Armada, the English Civil War and the Great Fire of London.


Year 9- Pupils investigate Wales and Britain and the wider world between 1760 and 1914. This includes studying topics such as the Industrial Revolution and the Great War 1914-18.
They will also investigate how some twentieth century individuals and events have shaped our world today, for example by studying the Holocaust.

Skills and Learning across the History curriculum

There are opportunities for pupils to make their own enquiries and investigations about the history they study. Pupils will also be able to develop their skills and learning across the curriculum in the following areas:

  • Developing thinking skills
  • Developing communication skills
  • Developing ICT
  • Developing number skills
  • Curriculum Cymreig
  • Personal and Social education
  • Careers and the world of work


Pupils are regularly assessed by their class teacher on key pieces of work throughout the academic year. They receive feedback about their work and are given targets on how to improve it.

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