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Welcome to the History Department

History Department Vision

The History Department at Kingswood Academy aims to equip our students with the knowledge and understanding to interpret key events in the past to inform decisions about the future; learning from the high expectations and resilience of people throughout history…

We challenge the students to use a wide range of interpretations to make judgements about the actions that have shaped the community and wider world.

Meet the History Team

History Curriculum

History KS3 Curriculum

Year 7k have two History lessons a week. Year 7w and  Year 8 have one History lesson a week.

The content covered in Year 7 and 8 directly supports the KS4 exams. Throughout all the topics students cover source analysis, historical interpretation, impact of events, importance of beliefs and archaeological evidence.

Medieval Realms

Tudors and the Renaissance


Victorians and Industrialisation

Native Americans

The Causes and Events of World War 1

Women's Rights and the Suffragettes

Life in Nazi Germany

The Causes and Events of World War II

History GCSE Curriculum

Students in Years 9 to 11 study the Edexcel GCSE specification.







Thematic study and historic environment:

Medicine in Britain, c1250–present and The British sector of the Western Front, 1914–18: injuries, treatment and the trenches.

1¼ hours


52 marks


Period study and British depth study

British depth study option:


Anglo-Saxon and Norman England, c1060–88


Period study option:

The American West, c1835–c1895

1¾ hours


64 marks


Modern depth study

Weimar and Nazi Germany, 1918–39

1 hour and 20 minutes


52 marks

How do we assess students in History?

Students in Year 7 to Year 11 are assessed each learning cycle on knowledge, understanding and analysis. Students are asked to work with different interpretations of history and gain the highest grades by evaluating the wider impact of key events and individuals.

Assessments are broken down into knowledge, summary and interpretation of evidence.

Examination Information

Homework Expectations


Year 7 k-population is set weekly.

Year 7 w-population and Year 8 is set fortnightly

KS4 (year 9,10 and 11) homework is set weekly.

Recommended Revision Guides

Paper 1:

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Medicine in Britain Revision Guide and Workbook

Paper 2:

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Anglo-Saxon and Norman England Revision Guide and Workbook

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History The American West Revision Guide and Workbook


Paper 3:

Revise Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History Weimar and Nazi Germany Revision Guide and Workbook

Head of History

Mr. K. Sapstead

01482 879967