General Aims

To encourage pupils in an appreciation of how the past informs, shapes and colours the present. To develop skills and attitudes in the pupils that will be of practical use in life after school. To instil a strong sense of identity and a respect/ understanding of the cultural identities of others.
To allow practice in how to think, not what to think by encouraging independent thinking after reflection and careful targeting of tasks.

Specific Aims

The History department aims to:

  • Ensure pupils are given a sound sense of the past through study of important episodes in Irish and World History.

  • Ensure pupils will appreciate the diversity of opinions, beliefs, attitudes and cultures that exist in nations today and how they shape individuals.

  • Provide opportunities for pupils to explore historical frameworks for example by using ICT, contemporary and secondary evidence.

  • Develop pupils’ critical skills through the dissection of various forms of evidence to support or oppose assertions.

  • Produce strong academic results at both Advanced and GCSE level taking full account of curriculum goals and requirements of specifications.


Year Group Course Title Course Description Assessment

Year 8

What is History?

The Normans & Medieval Ireland

The first number of lessons in history consists of pupils looking at what history is. They explore the different types of sources available to the historian and then carry out a research task of their own.

 In the third term they study the Norman invasions of England and Ireland and examine what life was like in Medieval Ireland

Handling Time Exercise

Christmas examination

The Battle of Hastings

Summer examination

Year 9

The Protestant reformation and the Tudors.

 Spanish Armada

Pupils begin by exploring the causes and consequences of the Protestant Reformation. Personal profiles of Henry VIII, Elizabeth and Mary Queen of Scots is completed.

A detailed look at some of the problems facing Elizabeth I and how she dealt with these issues.  The Plantation of Ireland and the impact on the Province of Ulster.

Profile of Henry VIII

Christmas Examination

The journey of the Spanish Armada.  Film Study – “Elizabeth”

Summer Examination.

Year 10

An overview of the 20th Century

Hitler & The Holocaust

The Partition of Ireland

The Titanic

The Cause and Consequences of the First World War. 

A study of a series of significant events in the 20th Century.  Students investigate the events that occurred and look at the outcomes.

The theme of persecution is followed through by an examination of how the Jews were treated in Germany. This is also addressed in a study of the Native Americans.

Students develop an insight into the causes and consequences of the partition of Ireland.

Students investigate the life and times of the Belfast are at the beginning of the 20th Century.  They research the construction and sinking of the Titanic

A study on the short and long term causes of the first world war, as well as looking at some of the major battles and an understanding of what the end of the war meant.

Persecution of the Jews

Christmas Examination

PowerPoint presentation on the Partition of Ireland

Why was the sinking of the Titanic so memorable? 

Soldiers Diary

Summer Examination


OCR GCSE History

This involves a study of:

-         The Cold War, 1945-1975

-         Study in Depth, Germany 1918-1945

-         British Depth Study, How was British Society changed, 1890-1918

-         Controlled Assessment (America in the 20th Century)



CCEA A/AS-Level History

Students complete four modules over their two years of study:

  • Challenge & Crisis in Ireland 1821-1867
  • England 1815-1868
  • Nationalism & Unionism in Ireland
  • The Partition of Ireland

Modular Examination



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