Key Stage 3
Pupils in each year group develop their knowledge and understanding of the past through a variety of topics and eras. This encourages pupils to recognise the forces and factors that have shaped our world today and to give them a richer understanding of their own identity, culture and society. Pupils will also be taught to assess evidence, evaluate conflicting accounts and understand the causes and consequences of change.
Year 8 pupils taking part in a Community Archaeology Project with Queen’s University. They worked on a ring fort at Lisdoo, Lisnaskea, which was the main residence of the Maguire lords during the Medieval Period.
Pupils complete an introduction to History in which they are introduced to key concepts and historical skills. Pupils then carry out a detailed study of Norman Conquest and Life under the Normans. The year finishes with the Black Death.
Pupils carry out major investigations into the Tudor’s, the Spanish Armada, the Ulster Plantation and the Williamite Wars.
The twentieth century is the focus of Year 10. Pupils study the causes of the partition of Ireland which leads onto an overview of Northern Ireland up to 1988. They also carry out an investigation into the Holocaust.
Key Stage 4
Pupils are prepared for the CCEA GCSE examination.
In Year 11, pupils study Germany 1933-1945 and N. Ireland 1965-1998. These topics are then assessed in GCSE Paper I at the end of Year 11. This is worth 60% of the overall GCSE.
In Year 12, pupils’ study International Relations 1945-2003. This is assessed in an examination at the end of Year 12, worth 40% of the overall GCSE.