If you don’t know history, then you don’t know anything. You are a leaf that doesn’t know it is part of a tree. ” (Michael Crichton)
Mr J Winters
Mrs L Lubwama
Why study History?
It has been a widely held view that the study of history is simply the memorisation of dates and deeds of famous figures and events. However, it is much more than that. It is a chronicle of human behaviour, the good, the bad and the ugly and all the drama which that encompasses. It involves examining various circumstances that prompted those in the past to transform people and places and holds the answers to how and why our lives are fashioned the way they are today. History is all around you, it is in the buildings you see, the music you listen to, the clothes you wear and the tools and technology you use. Everything you see and use was first made in the past and all the things you think are good and bad are built on ideas of people who came before you. Today we are adding to that and now we are part of what people in the future will call, ‘history’. Therefore we are connected to the past and to the future.
In the History department we openly promote academic achievement. We also do our best to promote enjoyment of our subject and we try to foster a life-long interest in History among our pupils.
At AS Level pupils will study two modules from the CCEA Examination Board.
- The Russian Revolution 1914-1941 (worth 50% of AS and 25% of A Level)
- Germany 1919 – 1945 (worth 50% of AS and 25% of A Level)
At A2 level pupils will study two modules from the CCEA Examination Board.
- The Clash of Ideologies 1900-2000 (worth 20% of A Level)
- Partition of Ireland 1900-1925 (worth 30% of A Level)
Additional materials including full specifications, assessment objectives, past papers and mark schemes are available at www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/history.
At GCSE pupils will study three modules from the CCEA Examination Board
- Unit 1: Study in depth (worth 50% GCSE)
- Peace War Neutrality.
- Unit 2: Outline Study (worth 25% of GCSE)
- The Cold War 1945-1991
- Unit 3: Investigative Study (worth 25% of GCSE) Controlled assessment, Internally assessed and externally moderated
– The Atomic Bomb.
Additional materials including full specifications, assessment objectives, past papers and mark schemes are available at www.rewardinglearning.org.uk/microsites/history
In junior school, we look at key historical periods, developments and events through the study of significant events and actions of key individuals. This includes an in depth study of the Normans in year 8, a focus on characters such as Martin Luther and Henry VIII in Year 9 and consideration of the impact of the Holocaust in year 10.
On a number of occasions the History department has invited outside agencies into school to deliver special lectures. This has included members from the Ulster Scots Society and the House of Lords. The History department also carry out a number of school trips. In the past this has included visits to Carrickfergus Castle, Titanic Belfast, Stormont, Belfast City Hall, Crumlin Road Jail and even to Krakow in Poland.