History at Sir Thomas Rich's

The study of History helps us to understand human nature.
"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."
--R. G. Collingwood

The study of History at Sir Thomas Rich’s School enables us to understand the background to current situations, relations and conflicts, at home and internationally; and therefore to understand our world better. Importantly, the subject also encourages our learners to think for themselves and develop lifelong transferrable skills, including the ability to select, communicate, explain, interpret, evaluate and problem solve.


Head of Department:

Key Stage 3 - Years 8 & 9

Teaching Arrangements: Year 7: 3 periods a week
Year 8: 2 periods a week
Year 9: 3 periods a week
Homework Guidance: Year 7: 30 minutes per week
Year 8: 30 minutes per week
Year 9: 30 minutes per 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
  • Ordinary life
  • Medieval Kingship
Year 8
  • The Tudors
  • The Civil War
  • The Enlightenment
  • Slavery
  • Industrialisation
  • Political Reform
Year 9
  • WW1
  • Interwar years
  • WW2
  • The Holocaust
  • The Homefront
  • The origins of the Cold War

For associated reading lists for Key Stage 3 are available on SharePoint.

Teaching Arrangements: Year 10: 4 periods a week
Year 11: 4 Periods a week
Homework Guidance: Year 10: A minimum of one hour per week
Year 11: A minimum of one hour per week
Assessment Arrangements: Paper 1: 1 hour and 45 minutes
Paper 2: 1 hour and 45 minutes
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 will enable you to understand how the relationship between citizen and state developed. You will explore reasons for change including war, religion, government, science and the role of individuals.
Section - 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.

For associated reading lists for Key Stage 4 are available on SharePoint.

Entry Requirements: A GCSE Grade 7 in History is required to study this course.
Teaching Arrangements: Year 12: 7 period per week
Year 13: 7 periods per week
Homework Guidance: A minimum of 2 hours per week, in addition to extensive reading for the NEA, 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.

For 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
"At STRS 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