History

History is an important area of study, it teaches many skills which can be transferred to other subjects and can lead to careers in:

  • Politics
  • Museum Curation
  • Law
  • Teaching
  • Criminology

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.

 

Year 8

  • What is History? Skills based introduction.
  • Who should be King in 1066? Battle of Hastings.
  • Medieval Life
  • Normans arrive in Ireland

Year 9

  • Basic skills recap
  • The Reformation
  • The Tudors
  • The Stuarts
  • 19th Century Ireland

Year 10

  • Skills recap
  • 20th Century Introduction
  • Titanic
  • Nationalism & Unionism
  • WW1 (Local Study)
  • Suffragettes
  • 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.

 

GCSE

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.

Year 11:

  • Germany 1933-1945
  • Northern Ireland 1963-1998

Year 12:

  • The Cold War / Super Power Relations

 

A Level

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%

 

Teaching Staff

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

OTD Easter Sunday, 23rd April 1916, Eoin MacNeill’s countermanding orders has severely hampered the Easter Rising. The 7 man IRB Military Council meet at Liberty Hall to try to salvage the plan. They agree 6 to 1 to strike within 24 hours. Tom Clarke wanted to strike immediately.

#OTD in 1916 – Eoin MacNeill’s last minute bid to call off the Easter Rising. https://t.co/4Wj5vOPPcV

Redmond’s place in our national story is as important as any.

In our weekend #longread Rónán O’Brien writes about the legacy of Irish Party leader John Redmond: https://t.co/L5WvYdAiZ0

#A22 Conscription Crisis https://t.co/vxnIP9YSyc

Today in 1915 Irish Party MP John Dillon asked those who criticised his party's policy on supporting recruitment to the British army, 'what have you suffered for the cause of Ireland?' https://t.co/lQCiY4Yett

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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/

Year 14 Orange History Lecture


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.

Year 11 History visit the Ulster Museum

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 2018

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.

Year 14 Holocaust Ambassadors attend Reception

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.