History is an important area of study, it teaches many skills which can be transferred to other subjects and can lead to careers in:
- Museum Curation
Key Stage 3
All pupils at Key stage three have 4 periods of History each week. Throughout the three years all Key Stage 3 pupils are gradually equipped with transferable skills to move onto GCSE history in Year 11.
- What is History? Skills based introduction.
- Who should be King in 1066? Battle of Hastings.
- Medieval Life
- Normans arrive in Ireland
- Basic skills recap
- The Reformation
- The Tudors
- The Stuarts
- 19th Century Ireland
- Skills recap
- 20th Century Introduction
- Nationalism & Unionism
- WW1 (Local Study)
- Ireland and Partition
In each KS3 year the pupils build upon existing skills and acquire new skills. Some of these subject based skills include: Evidence enquiry skills, chronology, significance, cause and consequence and source analysis.
The History Department follows the CCEA Specification for GCSE History. During the two year study pupils will not only learn inside the classroom but the Department encourages school excursions to Crumlin Road Gaol, Londonderry’s Tower Museum and Berlin.
- Germany 1933-1945
- Northern Ireland 1963-1998
- The Cold War / Super Power Relations
The department does require prospective AS/A2 students to have a grade C and above in GCSE History and GCSE English. The modules studies at A Level are;
- AS1: Germany 1918-1945 20%
- AS2: Russia 1914-1949 20%
- A21: Challenge and Crisis in Ireland 20%
- A22: Ireland and Partition 40%
Mrs. J. O’ Neill – Head of Social Studies
Mrs. M. McCartney – Assistant Vice Principal
Mr. J. Sharpe – KS3 ICT coordinator
Here are some tweets from our Twitter feed @GHSHistory1
For more information on specific modules use the links below:
CCEA History (modules – Germany, Russia, Nationalism and Unionism and Partition) – http://www.ccea.org.uk/history/
CCEA Government and Politics (modules – N.Ireland, Britain, USA and UK and Political Power) – http://www.ccea.org.uk/government/
A Year 9 History class took part in this Newtownabbey Learning Community Project. Working with Researches at Queen’s University our project was based on World War 1, Living Legacies. Working with groups from Rosstulla, Belfast High and Abbey Community School the pupils looked at the First War through different subjects
- Mapping the front – Geography
- WW1 Drama – English
- WW1 Handling Box and digital technologies – History / ICT
- A Green Booth with WW1 Costumes was available all day, for those special pictures.
The children have been sent away to produce a poster on World War 1 and will meet as a group again in Year 10
Everyone had a great day and look forward to continuing this work in September
Mrs O’Neill’s Year 14 History class attending a talk at Belfast High School given by Historian and author Timothy Bowman. An excellent morning was had by all and plenty of examination content was covered.
We were delighted to welcome Dr. Jonathan Mattison to school recently. He spoke to our Year 14 History students about the issue of Home Rule and the nature of the opposition to it in Ulster. It was a very interactive discussion that covered a significant part of their current modules.
1968: a Missed Opportunity workshop – Ulster Museum April 18th
Year 11 History students took part in a conference exploring the foundation of the Civil Rights movement in Northern Ireland. They had the opportunity to engage with other schools in lectures, activities and a newly refurbished Troubles gallery tour.
After lunch, they listened to the perspectives of Anne Devlin (a former Peoples’ Democracy activist) and Nelson McCausland (DUP) and were able to ask the panel questions regarding their experiences.
Holocaust Memorial Day is held on January 27th each year. Glengormley High has been holding a series of special assemblies to commemorate the Holocaust. These have been delivered by the school’s Holocaust Ambassadors Erin English and Natalie Montgomery. The assemblies have focused on the nature of the Holocaust and how discrimination can lead to such terrible events as we are witnessing in Darfur at present and recently in Bosnia.
The theme of Holocaust Memorial Day this year is the Power of Words. Citizenship classes have been involved in postcard writing exercises to survivors of the Holocaust from World War 2 and the war in Bosnia.
Holocaust Ambassador Reception
Two of our Year 14 students – Natalie Montgomery and Erin English – participated in a province-wide trip to Auschwitz-Birkenau with the Holocaust Educational Trust last year. They trained successfully to become Holocaust Ambassadors for the Trust. The girls attended a reception recently in Stormont where they listened to a talk from Walter Kammerling, a Holocaust Survivor. Erin and Natalie will be leading assemblies this January to commemorate Holocaust Memorial Day on the 27th of that month. They will also be attending Open Night and will be available to discuss their experiences of their visit to Auschwitz-Birkenau with visiting parents and primary students.