About our Department
PUPILS ARE ENCOURAGED TO SEE THEMSELVES AS TIME DETECTIVES, who investigate what has happened in the past. We use different types of evidence to help us find clues about important events and about the everyday lives of people in the past. This makes History an enjoyable subject.
We study the history of our own country from as far back as the time when Carrickfergus Castle was built and that was in the days before even Mum and Dad were young! Because we work as time detectives we do not spend all our time in the classroom. Sometimes we go to visit the scene of past action.
History Field Trips
In Year 8, we visit Dromore Motte and Bailey and also Carrickfergus Castle, where we study the way people used to live and how they entertained guests. Some visitors were welcomed to feasts and jousting; others to the murder hole!
In Year 9 we visit the History Park in Omagh or the Plantation Centre in Draperstown, where we learn about the settlers who came from Scotland and England in the 17th century to live in Ulster.
In Year 10 the sounds of the First World War ring in our ears when we visit the Somme Heritage Centre. We go into the trenches and experience what war was like during the period 1914-18 for the young men from Ulster and from the rest of Ireland, who volunteered to go to fight against a common enemy.
Years 11 & 12
Then in Years 11 and 12 it’s back to the castle! This time, Dublin Castle. We also visit the Dail and Kilmainham Gaol. For more information on GCSE History, click on the link below.
It is important for us to understand events in our world today, since they make such an impact on our own lives. A full understanding of these events depends on a knowledge of what happened in the past. History shows the important links between PAST, PRESENT & FUTURE
What’s the most interesting thing in the world? Isn’t it people? real people?
Well, that’s what History is about. It is the story of people who lived in the past and whose activities created the condition in which we live today! If you like people, you should like History
But will it be any use to me when I’m older?
Apart from being very interesting, History is very useful. Employers who see that you have a qualification in History know certain things about you. They will know that you have taken on certain key skills which, learnt through History, can be applied to all sorts of other situations. They know that:
– You have experience in being a group member or leader
– You can make sound judgements and decisions
– You understand the difference between reality & propaganda
– You have research skills
– You have an understanding of Cause & Consequence
– You can understand different points of view and the reasons for them
– You can analyse and evaluate sources of information
What do I study?
In GCSE History, you study the following topics:
– Discover how and why Hitler, who was in jail in 1924, just 10 years later became both Chancellor and President of Germany!
– Find out – Was Hitler his real name?
– Was he even German?
War-Time in Britain, N. Ireland and Eire
Discover what it was like to live in a city like Belfast during the war. Learn about the Blitz; the black-outs;rationing;gas-masks; the people who slept in ditches etc.
– Who were they? Learn about the Space Race; Nuclear Weapons; spies; Star Wars;
– What was the Cold War? The Bay of Pigs?
– Who built the Berlin Wall and why?
For GCSE coursework, you will do an investigation of the Warsaw Ghetto, part of the NAZI persecution of Jewish people
Coursework is worth 20% of your total GCSE mark.
Careers for Which History is a useful subject:
|Travel & Tourism
Social & Probation Services
|Radio & Television