The study of history is about much more than simply memorising the dates and deeds of famous figures! History is a chronicle of human behaviour - a real-life drama full of villains and heroes. It examines the circumstances that moved its players to transform people and places (for better and for worse), and it holds the answers to how and why our lives are fashioned the way they are today- from our language, fashion and technology, to our sports, political systems and religious practices.
History helps develop a range of skills including; looking beyond the headlines and appreciating inference, questioning viewpoints, thinking independently, supporting arguments with evidence and writing in a clear and organised way.
THE DEPARTMENT AIMS TO:
- Develop pupils as individuals by studying controversial, moral and ethical questions of the past.
- Create confident communicators who can present their ideas effectively and argumentatively, using historical evidence to support their judgements.
- Enable pupils to make links across time and determine historically significant turning points.
- Equip pupils with the research skills to be enquiring learners who independently carry out historical investigations.
- Cultivate appreciation and empathy towards a broad range of viewpoints by understanding the motives behind them.
- Empower pupils to sensitively challenge stereotypical or biased viewpoints by responding in an informed and critical way.
Key Stage 3
In Year 8 pupils study five enquiries within a thematic study of POWER:
Unit 1- What is History?
Unit 2- Why was there a fight for Kingship in 1066?
Unit 3- Why did the Normans win in 1066 and how did they keep control of Medieval England?
Unit 4- What was life like for different types of people in Medieval society?
(Including Medieval Food, Housing and Crime and Punishment)
Unit 5- How was Medieval Power challenged between 1066 and 1381?
(Including Magna Carta, Black Death, Peasants’ Revolt)
In Year 9 pupils study six enquiries within thematic studies of RELIGION and PROTEST:
Unit 1- Why did the Reformation eventually divide Europe?
Unit 2- How di d the Tudors and Stuarts deal with religion?
Unit 3- Why did the Spanish Armada fail?
Unit 4- Why did Parliament and King end up fighting during the Civil War?
Unit 5- How did abolitionists attempt to end Slavery?
Unit 6- How successful were the Suffragettes in their campaign for the vote?
In Year 10 pupils study five enquiries:
Unit 1- How and why did ‘Nationalism’ grow in 19th Century Ireland?
Unit 2- Why and how did Unionists oppose Home Rule?
Unit 3- How did Irish people respond to the ‘Great War’ 1914-1918 (WWI and the Easter Rising)
Unit 4- What were the Consequences of partition for Northern Ireland?
Unit 5- How did WWII affect peoples’ lives?
We currently follow the CCEA History Specification for GCSE, AS and A2 level. All pupils are entered for higher tier papers at GCSE level.
In Year 11 we study Unit 1 and pupils sit an exam worth 50% of their GCSE at the end of Year 11. This includes studying the Weimar Republic (1918-1933), Nazi Germany (1933-1939) and Northern Ireland (1960-1985).
In Year 12 pupils undertake Controlled Assessment on the Holocaust (25% of GCSE). They also study the development of the Cold War 1945-1991 which is assessed in another exam at the end of Year 12 (worth 25% of GCSE).
Congratulations to our Year 12 pupils who attained outstanding results in August 2016, outperforming the Northern Ireland Grammar School average at every grade!
63% of pupils attained A*- A, 93% attained A*- B and 100% of pupils attained an A*- C grade!
AS 1 (Historical investigations and interpretations)
Pupils study Germany 1918-1945 (50% of AS) and are assessed through a 1 hour 30 min exam which includes analysing source material.
AS 2 (Conflict and change in Europe)
Pupils study Russia 1903-1941 (50% of AS) and are assessed through a 1 hour 30 min exam.
A2 1 (Change over time)
Pupils study Clash of Ideologies in Europe 1900-2000 (40% of A2) and are assessed through a 1 hr 15 min exam.
A2 2 (Historical investigations and interpretations)
Pupils study Partition of Ireland 1900-1925 (60% if A2) and are assessed through a 2 hr exam.
Visits to historical sites are frequently planned to complement learning within the classroom. For example two Year 13 pupils accompanied Mrs McMaw to Auschwitz in Poland last year and we have also invited a Holocaust survivor to share experiences with pupils in recent years. Year 14 also make an annual trip to Dublin, visiting the GPO and Kilmainham Gaol.