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Free History KS3 Teaching Resources for Secondary Teachers

What KS3 History Entails

At Key Stage 3, pupils find out about the history of their community, Britain, Europe and the wider world. They build their chronological understanding so connections within and across different historical periods and societies can be made. Pupils relate past events to the present day. They study wars, castles, the monarchy and more when dealing with Britain.

During Key Stage 3, pupils continue to ask and answer questions using a range of sources . They evaluate evidence, examine different interpretations and arrive at their own judgements. Past knowledge from primary education is built and expanded on.

The Curriculum

The curriculum encourages pupils to understand the experiences of men, women and children in the past in terms of cultural, ethnic and religious diversity. Pupils analyse cause and consequences of historical events along with the significance of these in the present day. In this section, there are resources on the Holocaust and slavery. These are powerful European and world historical events that can directly support pupils moving towards the curricular aims at Key Stage 3.

Other resources in this section support the teaching of British History, enabling the histories of people within the British Isles to be examined by pupils. There are sections dealing with Britains part in both world wars. These can be incorporated into current schemes of work.


As KS3 pupils learn much more detail about Britain’s history and the history of the world when they reach Secondary School, there is a lot more resources out there for this section of learning. We have found plenty of sites that History teachers can use. Luminarium has a great page on Queen Elizabeth I (containing essays, biographies, articles, works and more). This site also contains a bank of resources on other period of time which are of significance. There are mentionings of the 17th and 18th centuries as well as notes on the Renaissance.


12 Key Free Teaching Resources

Learn With Dogs

Learn With Dogs

Free downloadable resources that include information on responsible dog ownership and safety around dogs to help educate the dog owners of tomorrow.

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Young Archaeologists Club

Helps archaeology students develop their skills, gain activity ideas and understand the subject in more detail.

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National Maritime Museum II

An in-depth KS3 History teaching resource about the Slave Trade.

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The Holocaust Explained

Teaching resources to explain the Holocaust to KS3 Students in History and Citizenship.

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Anti Slavery

A history site that provides a pack on enslavement and references to other useful texts.

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Explore Parliament

Lesson plans for KS2, 3 & 4 for History and Citizenship lessons as well as providing games, videos and many more resources.

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Federal Resources for Educational Excellence

Lots of resources based on U.S. History topics such as Slavery, Government, etc...

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BethShalom covers some useful sections when learning about the Holocaust in KS3 History and PSHE classes.

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National Archives

The National Archives site has resources about different parts of the Home Front (1939 – 1945) era.

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National Portrait Gallery

NPD has digital resources that can be used for History classes and also Art & Design classes.

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Good resources on Queen Elizabeth I for KS3 History classes.

Find out more about Luminarium contains lots of videos for the use of Secondary School History teachers and their students.

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