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Mon 18 – Wed 20 Dec
- Year 13 Work Experience

Mon 18 Dec
- Carol Service

Wed 20 Dec (12.20 pm finish)
- Last day of Christmas Term

Thur 21 Dec – Tue 2 Jan (inc)
- Christmas Holidays

Wed 3 Jan
- School Development Day
(no pupils to attend)



Head of Department:

Mrs C Fowles, BA PGCE


Teaching Staff:

Mrs L Gregory, BA PGCE

Mr D Beattie, BA BEd MA

Mr M Jess, BA PGCE 




Key Stage 3:

Pupils begin in Year 8 by learning about the basics of studying History: chronology, cause and consequence, working with sources and detecting bias. The rest of the year is spent studying aspects of medieval life, beginning with the Norman invasion of 1066.

In Year 9 pupils explore aspects of the early modern period, including the Age of Discovery; Black Slavery; the Renaissance and Reformation; and the turbulent reigns of the Tudors and Stuarts.

In Year 10 pupils focus on conflict in the twentieth century, taking in the causes and consequences of the First and Second World Wars, and exploring the development of terrorism as a major feature of conflict today.

At Key Stage 3 pupils are assessed through skills-based Common Assessment Tasks and examinations in January and May.


Key Stage 4:
We study CCEA at GCSE

Paper One - Worth 60% - 1hr 45 minute examination

1. United States of America, 1920-1933
Learn about:
- American Society during the ‘Roaring Twenties’
- The American economic boom, the Wall Street Crash and the Great Depression

2. Changing Relationships: Northern Ireland and its Neighbours 1963-1998
Learn about:
- The Northern Ireland civil rights movement
- The causes and events of the ‘Troubles’
- The peace process and the Good Friday Agreement

Paper Two : International Relations 1945-2003
Worth 40% - 1hr 15 minute examination

Learn about:
- The breakdown of cooperation in 1945 – emergence of the Cold War
- International relations during the Cold War – flashpoints such as Cuba, Korea, Vietnam and Afghanistan

A2 Level
- Causes and Consequences of Great Power Conflict 1848-1945
- Partition of Ireland 1900-1925


Facilities and Resources


The department has three classrooms, each equipped with a data projector, two of which also have an interactive whiteboard. The department has in the past travelled to Berlin. Most years the A Level History pupils visit Dublin. From time to time relevant speakers and groups are brought in; in 2013 the Year 8 will take part in an interactive Norman presentation delivered by Armagh City Council’s education department.


Useful links


The department’s Mahoodle page for pupils contains many valuable online resources, but the following may be especially useful.   CCEA History: www.ccea.org.uk/history/ www.activehistory.co.uk/ (a very useful website, including educational activities and revision tools) www.schoolhistory.co.uk/ (a very useful website, including educational activities and revision tools)