History at Sir Thomas Rich's

"The only clue to what man can do, is what man has done. The value of history, then, is that it teaches us what man has done and thus what man is."
RG Collingwood

In History, our team of specialists aim to develop the intellectual curiosity of our cohort. We seek to motivate, engage, and challenge our pupils, through a study of Britain and the wider world. We invite our learners to consider how the past influences the present, to study the significant events and people that shaped our society; and to take an informed view when considering the challenges of our lives today. Just as importantly, our curriculum robustly embeds essential transferable skills that will be utilised at school, university and for the lifetime beyond.


Key Stage 3 - Years 8 & 9

Teaching Arrangements: Year 7: 4 periods a fortnight.
Year 8: 4 periods a fortnight.
Year 9: 4 periods a fortnight.
Homework Guidance: Year 7: 30 minutes a week.
Year 8: 30 minutes a week.
Year 9: 30 minutes a week.
Assessment Arrangements: Half termly assessments and either mid-year (Year 8) or end of year (Year 7 and 9) examinations.
Topics Covered:
Year 7
  • History skills
  • The Romans
  • The Norman conquest
  • Castles and medieval warfare
  • Life and deathe for medieval peasants
  • Medieval power and kingship
Year 8
  • Henry VIII and the Reformation
  • Elizabeth and the Spanish Armada
  • The Civil War and beyond
  • Enslavement and the road towards freedom
  • Industrialisation and demands for reform
Year 9
  • The Great War
  • The rise of the dictators
  • Causes and events of WW2
  • The Holocaust
  • Interpretations of Empire
  • The origins of the Cold War

Associated reading lists for Key Stage 3 are available on SharePoint.

Teaching Arrangements: Year 10: 5 periods a fortnight.
Year 11: 5 periods a fortnight.
Homework Guidance: Year 10: A minimum of 1 hour a week.
Year 11: A minimum of 1 hour a week.
Assessment Arrangements: Paper 1: 2 hours.
Paper 2: 2 hours.
Exam Specification: AQA GCSE History 8145 Topics Covered:
Year 10
Paper 1: Understanding the Modern World
Section A - Germany 1890-1945: A study of Democracy and Dictatorship

This section focuses on the development of Germany during a turbulent half century of change. This was a period that saw the development and collapse of democracy and the rise of Nazism.
Section B - Conflict and tension between East and West 1945-72
This section focuses on the causes and events of the Cold War and seeks to show how and why it proved difficult to solve the tensions between East and West.
Year 11
Paper 2: Shaping the Nation
Section A - Britain: Power and the People

This section focuses on key developments over a thousand years of history. It enables students to understand how the relationship between citizen and state developed. Students explore reasons for change including war, religion, government, science and the role of individuals.
Section B - Medieval England: the reign of Edward I, 1272–1307
This section looks in depth at the major events of the reign of Edward I and incorporates a study of aspects of economic, religious, political, social and cultural life in medieval England.

Associated reading lists for Key Stage 4 are available on SharePoint.

Entry Requirements: A GCSE Grade 6 in History is required to study this course.
Teaching Arrangements: Year 12: 9 periods a fortnight.
Year 13: 9 periods a fortnight.
Homework Guidance: A minimum of 2 hours a week, in addition to extensive reading for the Non-Examined Assessment during the summer holiday prior to Year 13.
Assessment Arrangements: Non-Examined Assessment: The Changing Role and Status of Women c. 1830-1930 or 1870-1970 (20% of A Level).
The Tudors: 1485-1603 (2 hours and 30 minutes). 40% of A Level.
The American Dream: Reality and Illusion 1945-80 (2 hours and 30 minutes). 40% of A Level.
Exam Specification: AQA A Level History Topics Covered:
Year 12
The Tudors: 1485-1603 Part one: Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty: England, 1485–1547, covers the reigns of Henry VII, 1485–1509 and Henry VIII, 1509–1547.
The American Dream: Reality and Illusion 1945-80
Part One: Prosperity, Inequality and Superpower Status, 1945-1963, covering the presidencies of Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy.
Year 13
The Tudors: 1485-1603 Part two: England: turmoil and triumph, 1547–1603, covers the 'The Mid-Tudor Crisis', 1547–1563 and the reign of Elizabeth, 1563–1603.
The American Dream: Reality and Illusion 1945-80
Part two: Challenges to the American Dream, 1963-1980, covering the presidencies of Johnson, Nixon, Ford and Carter.

Associated reading lists for Key Stage 5 are available on SharePoint.

University courses this subject may be required for or lead onto:
  • Archaeology
  • Economics
  • History
  • International Studies
  • Law
  • Journalism
  • Politics
Careers that History may lead onto:
  • Academia
  • Archaeology
  • Business
  • Economics
  • Charity or voluntary sector
  • Information and archivist services
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Politics
  • Publishing
  • Teaching

"Studying History has given me a number of useful skills, especially when it comes to writing essays.  I have also found it extremely interesting as the A Level course has deepened my understanding and therefore my enjoyment and appreciation of the subject. The History Department is very supportive and makes the subject engaging, ultimately making it easier and more enjoyable to study."
Jess, Year 13
"The GCSE course examines important areas of history, which are particularly fascinating and enjoyable to learn about. The teachers have great understanding and knowledge about the course, which allows them to engage the students through interactive and enjoyable tasks. Also, this allows students to gain in depth skills on being a good historian. The wide variety of resources including textbooks, PowerPoint presentations and online help gives students a vast range of support."
Miles, Year 10
"I enjoy History because every day you learn something new and interesting. I really liked the unit on castles, especially when we got to design and make our own."
Charlie, Year 7

Year 7: Medieval Day at Gloucester Cathedral.