at Sandown Bay Academy enables students to explore a range of important issues
at local, national and international level and to examine their own values and
attitudes, as well as understanding those of others. We
enable young people to become active and well-informed citizens who know how
change is achieved, and that with rights come responsibilities. As
a department we want our pupils to be critical thinkers and be able to express
their views orally and on paper. We aim to prepare students for life beyond
school by enabling them to develop skills to work effectively as an individual,
as part of a team and as a leader in order to contribute positively to society.
History department provide both fun and informative lessons which enable the
students to excel with their careers. The department consists of specialised History and Humanities teachers each with their own style of teaching creating
a variety of activities in lessons.
Key Stage 3
History Skills including Chronology, Sources and Bias
A study of Britain up to 1066
Control: Domesday Book, Feudal System
Crown V Religion (Thomas Becket)
King John and Magna Carta
Living in Medieval times
Law and Order
Hundred Years War
Wars of the Roses
| Year 8|
What was Britain like 250 years ago?
Mary, Queen of Scots
Exploring the world
Tudor life: Schools, Fashion, Crime, Christmas
The Stuarts: Charles I
The Restoration - Charles II
| Year 9|
What was Britain like 250 years ago?
Transport: Roads, Canals, Trains
WWI: Weapons, Fighting the War, Treaty of Versailles
Democracy and Dictatorship
Hitler: Life in Hitler’s Germany
The Atomic Bomb: Hiroshima and Nagasaki
The Welfare State
Key Stage 4
History is a very popular subject at GCSE. There is a new syllabus starting this year in which students stufy four topics over the two-year course. There is no controlled assessment and students will take three exams.
Paper One: A thematic study and historic overview: Medicine in Britain
1250-present and The British Sector of the Western Front, 1914-1918: injuries,
treatment and the trenches. This will be tested in an exam lasting 1 hour
and 15 minutes and is worth 30% of the final mark.
Paper Two: A period study and a British depth study: Anglo-Saxon
and Norman England 1060-1088 and The American West 1835-1895. This will
be tested in an exam lasting 1 hour and 45 minutes and is worth 40% of the
Paper Three: A modern depth study: Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-1939.
This will be tested in an exam lasting 1 hour and 20 minutes and is worth
30% of the final mark.
What texts would you recommend?
Hodder GCSE for EdExcel: Medicine through time
Hodder GCSE for EdExcel: Anglo-Saxon and Norman England 1060-88
Hodder GCSE for EdExcel: The American West 1836-1895
Hodder GCSE for Edexcel: Weimar and Nazi Germany 1918-39
What websites would you recommend?
BBC Bitesize, BBC History, GCSE pod
Key Stage 5
History is also a popular A level option.
There are currently 2 groups in both Year 12 and 13.
We follow the Edexcel course.
Paper 1 - AS and Level. From. In
Search of The American Dream 1917 to 1996
Paper 2 AS and A Level. South
Africa 1948 to 1994.Rainbow From Apartheid to State
Paper 3 A Level. The British
Experience of War 1790 to 1918
Paper 4 A Level only. Coursework.
Students complete an independently researched enquiry based on Historical
interpretations.(20%) of the examination.
How History promotes British
Enable students to develop their self-knowledge, self-esteem and
self-confidence in this important area through the study of different
historic periods. They should start to recognise when democratic
processes start to develop or break down as they study the syllabus.
Encourage respect for democracy and support for the participation in
democratic processes through the study of examples in History when this has
not happened. Use specific examples to demonstrate what may happen to
societies and individuals when democracy breaks down. Thus enabling
students to recognise the importance of taking part in the democratic
The rule of law
Enable students to distinguish right from wrong
and to respect attitudes between different groups in society and understand
these differing attitudes may cause conflict. Use examples from the
syllabus in each key stage to show what happens in societies when the rule of
law breaks down. Emphasise the need for individuals to uphold the rule
of law to ensure the smooth running of society but explain that there are
always two points of view to be considered.
Encourage students to accept responsibility for
their behaviour, show initiative and recognise that they can make a positive
contribution to the Academy and society. Use examples from the syllabus
to highlight the importance individuals can have on the course of History
both on a small and large scale.
Encourage students to acquire a broad knowledge
of and respect for public institutions and services in England. Use
historical knowledge to recognise changes in the structure and power of
Parliament and Government, the royal family and the Church. Examine how
these changes have led to the democratic government we have in the United
Tolerance of those with different faiths and
Further tolerance and harmony between different
cultural traditions by enabling students to acquire appreciation and respect
for their own and other cultures and beliefs. Use examples of the many
mass immigrations to Britain which have taken place throughout History from
the earliest times. Emphasise the positive benefits of their
contribution to British culture.