History 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.

The 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 

Year 7

History Skills including Chronology, Sources and Bias

A study of Britain up to 1066

Norman Conquest

Control: Domesday Book, Feudal System



Crown V Religion (Thomas Becket)

King John and Magna Carta


Peasants Revolt

Living in Medieval times


Black Death

Law and Order

Hundred Years War

Wars of the Roses

 Year 8

What was Britain like 250 years ago?

Henry VIII

Edward VI

Mary I

Elizabeth I

Mary, Queen of Scots

Exploring the world

Tudor life: Schools, Fashion, Crime, Christmas

The Stuarts: Charles I

Gunpowder Plot

Civil War

Oliver Cromwell

The Restoration - Charles II

The Georgians

British Empire

Slave Trade

 Year 9

What was Britain like 250 years ago?

Industrial Revolution

Transport: Roads, Canals, Trains

WWI: Weapons, Fighting the War, Treaty of Versailles

Hungry Thirties

Democracy and Dictatorship

Hitler: Life in Hitler’s Germany

The Holocaust

The Atomic Bomb: Hiroshima and Nagasaki

The Welfare State

Medicine overview

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 final mark.

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?

GCSE pod

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 Values:


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 process.

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.

Individual liberty

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.

Mutual respect

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 Kingdom today.

Tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs

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.