The History department encourages all pupils to develop a knowledge and understanding of the world in which we live regardless of academic ability. Historical events, personalities and influences are investigated as part of explaining the world around us. Understanding is based on personal experiences and the linking of those with the experiences of others in the past. Using the rationale that history is about people in time and is essentially the story of people the History department strives to foster a desire to know about the past. The department encourages an investigative approach so that pupils may realise that the story of the past is based on evidence of what happened. It is the historians’ task to uncover that evidence so that the story may be told.
Pupils will learn a balance of historical skills and historical knowledge. We believe that an understanding of the past is possible through skilled application of knowledge. Pupils will be helped in their understanding of the nature of change and continuity, of cause and consequence, similarity and difference. They will be encouraged to seek a variety of perspectives and interpretations. They will be challenged to communicate the results of their investigations in a coherent and balanced manner using various methods from the written word to the application of ICT. It is our belief that history makes a vital contribution to the development of minds and attitudes in the present day. History is a distinct discipline which makes a fundamental contribution to pupils' understanding of the complex world in which we live today. We believe that the study of the past is there to be enjoyed, to be encouraged with enthusiasm and geared towards success.
History Department aims
- to stimulate interest in and enthusiasm for the study of the past.
- to make pupils aware of how history has shaped our present environment
- to ensure pupils' knowledge is based on the use of historical evidence.
- to help pupils understand the nature of cause and consequence, continuity and change, similarity and difference .
- to examine the development over time of social and cultural values.
- to encourage pupils to be aware of history around them and to encourage them to take an interest and pride in the development of their local area.
- to encourage pupils to look at events from different perspectives.
- to help pupils understand and be sympathetic towards people of the past and their different cultures.
- to give each pupil a sense of personal worth regardless of their ability.
- to help pupils achieve their potential.
- to provide a sound basis for further study and the pursuit of personal interests.
Assessment at Key Stage 3
Year 8 - Introduction to History –Skills - The Normans and the Medieval World to include the invasion of Ireland c1066-c1500
Year 9 - Plains Indians of North America c1840-c1900 - Rivalry and Conflict c1500-c1700
-Causes and Consequences of Irish partition 1800-1921
-Conflict in the 20th Century
Assessment Key Stage 4
Northern Ireland 1965-1985
The Cold War 1945-1991
Controlled Assessment on events connected to the study units.
The History department encourages educational visits throughout year to broaden the pupils’ experience of the past. These trips include:
- Year 8 & Year 9 – Outreach programme with in College based on Normans in Ireland and the Plantation of Ulster
- Year 10 -Tower Museum Derry- Ireland in 20th Century
- Year 11 –GCSE Tour of murals in Belfast- Covering aspects of relationship between Britain, Ireland and Northern Ireland 1968-85
- Various other workshops are availed of throughout the year relating to KS3 & 4 Curriculum