Mr G Coyle (HOD)
History is the study of the past. In our study of the past we find out about:
- People – History is about people – ordinary as well as famous, women, men and children.
- Events – We study many important events in history, including the causes and consequences of these events.
- Continuity and Change – We study what changed and why, but we also recognise that often things don’t change over time. An example is why were we once ruled by kings but now by parliament?
At The High School Ballynahinch we teach our pupils to think for themselves; to appreciate the difficulties in building a picture of the past using incomplete or biased evidence, and to understand that our interpretation of the past is sometimes influenced by our own prejudices or pre-conceptions.
We encourage our pupils to respect, value and celebrate their own culture and traditions and the culture and traditions of others.
We believe that the study of History should be interesting, relevant, accessible to all abilities and fun.
The history department is implementing the revised curriculum in years 8 and 9, with greater emphasis on thinking skills and personal capabilities..