Year 7 & 8

We will be teaching the new GCSE assessment skills from the start of Year 7 to ensure that students understand the expectations at GCSE. These skills are describe, explain and analyse as well as source skills. They will be assessed using a range of these skills through small end of unit tests. Some of the topics taught in Year 7 and 8 will be tasters of the units delivered in KS4 to ensure students have a foundation of knowledge for GCSE. Most homework tasks will be revision, again to ensure that students are fully prepared for the skills required at GCSE and beyond in further education.


Year 7

The topics that we will be studying in Y7 come under the key question:- How did the power of the monarchy change over time? Within this key question we will be studying the changing role of kings and queens from the Saxon period up to the Victorian era, including the Norman Conquest and the Tudors and Stuarts, in chronological order. Students will be able to answer the big question by the end of Year 7.


Year 8

In Year 8 our focus time period will be 1800-1991. Students will be continuing where we left off in Year 7 with a focus topic on the Victorians, moving on to life in Britain in the 1900s- Liberal Reforms and the Suffragettes. We will then study World War I and World War II- looking at the causes and key events, as well as a project on the Home Front during World War II. We will then finish the KS3 curriculum by looking at the conflict of the Cold War which ties in well with the GCSE unit of the War on Vietnam, discussed below.


Y9-Y11- GCSE

Year 9 students will not be starting to study the new 9-1 GCSE specification from the start of Year 9. They will begin the course by working on key skills, revision techniques and exam format.

The topics that we will study at Rawmarsh Community School are Crime and Punishment through time with a case study on Whitechapel (Jack the Ripper), The USA Conflict at Home and Abroad (Civil Rights and the Vietnam War), Anglo Saxon and Norman England and Superpower relations and the Cold War.

There are three exam papers for the new GCSE qualification.

Paper 1 is the Crime and Punishment exam. This exam is worth 30%, 10% of which is a case study on Whitechapel and Jack the Ripper which students studied an overview of in Y8. The other 20% of this exam is Crime and Punishment through time from the Saxon Period to present day. This unit looks at the types of Crimes in each time period, the punishments issued and gives an overall view of how and why the law has changed in England over time.

The Superpower relations and Cold War unit look at the aftermath of World War II, the rise of Super Powers and the relationship between them. The unit studies key events of the Cold War. We have selected this unit as it links well with the Vietnam war and helps students to put their studies into context. This unit forms half of the Paper 2 exam and is worth 20% of the overall grade.

The Anglo Saxon and Norman unit focus on Anglo Saxon society, the 1066 contest for the crown and the outcome of the Battle of Hastings, then moves on to look at the Norman conquest and influence on England. This unit forms the other half of the paper 2 exam and again is worth 20% of the mark.

Paper 3 assesses the USA Conflict at home and abroad unit. This exam is based around sources and interpretations and looks at the fight for Black Civil Rights at home in the USA between 1954 and 1975, as well as the Vietnam war, abroad. This exam is worth 30% of the overall grade.


We have sourced the best revision guides for the course and can buy these through school for students at a heavily discounted rate. It is an expectation that all students who choose History as an option at GCSE should purchase these guides. We offer fortnightly revision sessions after school, especially from the start of Y11 but independent revision is vital for student success on this course. The revision guides will make student revision more effective and efficient.


SMSC (Spiritual, Moral, Social, and Cultural)

Our History curriculum contributes significantly to SMSC and British Values. For example students complete personal research about their own history to complete a personal timeline and family tree. This helps them to learn about their own heritage, and how British society has changed over time.

Students also learn about invaders and conquerors, including a wide range of cultural influences that have shaped our culture, heritage and identity. We examine how the Romans, Saxons, Vikings and Normans have all influenced place names, law and order, clothing, housing, language and government.

Recent Faculty News

History Staff

Mrs A Higginbottom
Head of History

Mr J Picton
Teacher of Subjects: History

Mr M Dutton
Teacher of Subjects: History

Exam Board

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Revision Sites

Y9 Options Pathway

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Reminder: Y6 Transition Evening for prospective students - Wednesday 18th September 5pm & 6pm