Programme of Study
We examine the reasons for studying history and then we do a unit of work on “myself in the context of wider events in the world”. This involves a comparison with the home, education and life generally of people at an earlier time, specifically Sam McAughtry who lived in Belfast in the 1930s.
We also study the Normans and how and why they arrived in Ireland as well as examining their legacy. This includes the Battle of Hastings and later the Norman landings in Wexford and Waterford and their eventual settlement in Ulster.
Year 9 involves the study of key events in Europe and how they affected the island of Ireland. This includes :
- the Reformation
- plantations/settlements in America
- the plantation of Ulster
- the struggle between king and parliament, including the English Civil War
- the Williamite Wars, including the Siege of Derry and the Battle of the Boyne
Year 10 we will be learning about key events in Ireland and Europe. These include:
- the Battle of Ballynahinch
- the Famine
- the land problem
- Home Rule
- Irish nationalism and republicanism
- the partition of Ireland and the Holocaust.
We follow the CCEA course, which consists of Northern Ireland 1965 – 85 (in effect the “Troubles”), the U.S.A. 1918 – 45 and The Cold War.
For coursework the topic is the assassination of President Kennedy and this involves the analysis of written sources and audio-visual material.
As well as finding history enjoyable and interesting, pupils develop their analytical and thinking skills and, while finding out about controversial events, learn to challenge stereotypes and think objectively, questioning, challenging and testing evidence. These skills are important for equipping pupils for life and for a wide range of jobs.