The RPA history team's vision

Our aim is to use our passion and dedication for teaching history to create the highest quality learning experience for all our students regardless of circumstance. Central to this is our belief in fostering independent enquiry and teamwork to help mould resilient, critical, imaginative young people. We strive to deliver consistently high paced, challenging and engaging lessons through expert subject knowledge, planning and preparation. We believe in an enjoyable, respectful and collaborative learning environment in which students, parents and staff work in partnership with high levels of communication. This will be combined with effective assessment and support in order to enable students to make maximum progress. Ultimately our goal is to create a memorable and relevant curriculum inside and outside of the classroom, centred on skills based history to empower students to make links to other curriculum areas and the world around them.

Key Stage 3

What topics will students study?

Year 7

  • What is history - learn about all the essential concepts and processes that make up the study of history. This will prepare them to do real history and introduce them to key skills they will develop throughout the rest of their time at RPA.
  • Medieval Realms - Key events and individuals in the Middle Ages (500-1500 AD). For example The Norman Conquest, how William gained control, castles, religion, Thomas Becket, the Peasants’ Revolt, the Black Death, Richard III. This culminates in an independent group research project on life in the Middle Ages.
Year 8
  • Tudors - Students learn how the Tudor dynasty was founded, Henry VIII and his break with the church, Edward VI, Bloody Mary, Elizabeth and the ‘Golden Age’.
  • Stuarts - James I and the gunpowder plot, Charles I and the English Civil War, Cromwell and the interregnum, Charles II and the ‘Restoration’, James II, William III and Mary II and the ‘Glorious Revolution’, Anne and the end of the Stuarts.
  • Slavery - The transatlantic slave trade, positives and negatives of slavery and its impacts on the world, The Anti Slavery Society and abolition movements.
Year 9
  • Industrial Revolution - Students learn about key features of the industrial revolution, what it was like to live and work at the time and key impacts.
  • WWI - Students study the long, medium and short term causes of the First World War, recruitment and propaganda, conditions in the trenches, social impacts of the war (women gaining the vote) and the peace settlement (Treaty of Versailles).
  • WWII - Students study the steps to war (causes), appeasement, how Hitler gained control and life in Hitler’s Germany (The Holocaust), key events and turning points of WWII (Dunkirk, Battle of Britain, Invasion of Russia, and Pearl Harbor), dropping of the atomic bombs.

Key Stage 4

Exam board, key topics and assessment

Exam board: Edexcel

Year 10
  • Thematic Study and Historical Environment - Medicine in Britain, c1250-present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918: injuries, treatment and the trenches
  • Period Study and British Depth Study - Early Elizabethan England 1958-88
Year 11
  • Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941-91
  • Modern Depth Study - Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918-1939
Three Exam papers – all will be completed in May/June of Year 11
  • Paper 1 - 1 hour 15 minutes - Medicine and Western Front (30%)
  • Paper 2 - 1 hour 45 minutes - Elizabeth and Cold War (40%)
  • Paper 3 - 1 hour 20 minutes - Germany (30%)

Key Stage 5

Exam board, key topics and assessment

Edexcel GCE History, Route C - Revolutions in early modern and modern Europe

AS Level
  • Unit 1 - Britain, 1625-1701: conflict, revolution and settlement (paper 1C) 2 hours 15 minutes (30%)
  • Unit 2 - Russia in Revolution 1894-1924 (paper 2C/2) 1 hour 30 minutes (20%)
A2 Level
  • Unit 3: Protest, agitation and parliamentary reform in Britain, c1780-1928 (paper 3) 2 hours 15 mins (30%)
  • Unit 4: Coursework - The end of the Cold War (20%)

We are most proud of…..

We are incredibly proud of being one of the most:
  • popular option choices (at GCSE and A level)
  • most consistent in terms of educational experience provided for the students
  • proven track record of being one of the most consistently successful departments in the school and outperforming national averages
History is always held in high regard by colleges, universities and employers due to its incredibly rigorous nature. Therefore for students to know this and still select it in high numbers expresses huge confidence and trust in the team which is very satisfying. The strong partnerships established between students, parents and staff have helped us create effective learning environments and build strong relationships based on mutual respect and passion for learning. This not only ensures outstanding progress and achievement but also makes it an incredibly rewarding experience to be involved in every day.