Humanities Key Stage 3 | Rainhill High School

Humanities Key Stage 3

Key knowledge is defined for Key Stage 3 for all 3 subject areas. As a faculty and as discrete subject areas we know what our pupils need to know at the end of Year 9 in order to progress onto Key Stage 4 successfully. Knowledge is sequenced carefully from Year 7 through to Year 9, adhering to the National Curriculum guidelines allowing practice and recap throughout the Key Stage as new knowledge is acquired. Students will investigate current events alongside the prescribed key knowledge and have a strong awareness of how their local area is impacted by change. The Key Knowledge that we deliver is as follows:

Year 7

Year 8

Year 9

Reading for Pleasure - Geography

Book TitlePublishing InformationWhat's it about?
Kick - Mitch Johnson9781474928151Set in Jakarta, when Budi’s dreams of escaping poverty through football stardom abruptly end, his life spirals as he finds himself owing money to a very dangerous man. But through sheer force of will and determination, he resolves to put everything right. Recommended for year 7 & 8 students.
His Dark Materials - Philip Pullman9780375847226Northern Lights: when Lyra finds out there’s an expedition to find other worlds very different to her own, a chain of events catapults Lyra into several perilous journeys and a search for the truth. The Subtle Knife: Will has killed a man and is on the run in a parallel world. When he meets Lyra – with her cunning and his determination, they set out to find Will’s long lost father. The Amber Spyglass: Will and Lyra have become separated but must find each other to prevent dark forces from taking over their worlds, and every other world. Recommended for year 8 & 9 students.
Welcome to Nowhere - Elizabeth Laird9781509840472Omar dreams of being a successful businessman and ruling the world. But living in Syria, this 12-year-old’s dreams are set in a time and place where things can change rapidly – especially when his older brother finds himself in a dangerous situation and the whole family has to flee to safety. Recommended for all KS3 students.
The Flame Trees of Thika - Elspeth Huxley9780140017151An autobiography of Elspeth’s life in traditional Kenya. Recommended for year 8 & 9 students.
Z for Zachariah - Robert C. O’Brien9780006710813Ann Burden has survived a nuclear war by living in a valley free of radiation. But when the only other person she knows becomes threatening, she decides to leave the valley to see if anyone else has survived. Recommended for all KS3 students.

Reading for Pleasure - Religious Education

Book TitlePublishing InformationWhat's it about?
The Kids Book of World Religions Paperback - Jennifer Glossop9781554539819The book looks at the histories, scriptures, places of worship, religious leaders, gods and major festivals that are the foundations of many of the world's religions. 
The Lion, The Witch and The Wardrobe - C.S. Lewis9780006716631During the World War II bombings of London, four English siblings are sent to a country house where they will be safe. One day Lucy (Georgie Henley) finds a wardrobe that transports her to a magical world called Narnia. 
Buddhism for kids - Emily Griffith Burke978164152397Using easy-to-follow meditations for kids, interactive activities, and vivid retellings of classic Buddhist stories, Buddhism for Kids brings the Dharma, or Buddhist teachings, to kids. 

Text Books

KS3 Geography Complete Revision & Practice (with Online Edition)CGP9781841463926
KS3 History Complete Revision & Practice (with Online Edition)CGP9781841463919
KS3 Religious Education Complete Revision & Practice (with Online Edition)CGP9781782941859


Website AddressDescription of what is offeredPassword
KS3 Geography – BBC BitesizeCovers all aspects of the national curriculumN/A
KS3 History – BBC BitesizeCovers all aspects of the national curriculumN/A
KS3 Religious Studies – BBC BitesizeCovers all aspects of the national curriculumN/A website which quizzes students on key knowledge.N/A – Students must sign up and they can then access different subjects.


We encourage all of our pupils to engage in enrichment and extra curricular activities in school. We are currently offering the following enrichment in KS3 but for up to date information, please consult the latest edition of the Parent Newsletter.

Club or ActivityWhen & WhereWho can I ask for more information?
Environment CommitteeMonday 3-3.30pm - A208Miss McSporran
KS3 History clubMonday 3-3.30pm - A105Mr Procter
KS3 Christian UnionTuesday 3-3.30pm - C108Mr Ernest