History

History Department St Mark’s High School
Mr C. Cunningham, Mrs C. Quinn

Curriculum

Key Stage 3
History students at Key Stage 3 follow the Northern Ireland curriculum.
All students at Key Stage 3 receive 3 thirty five minute periods per week.
At Key Stage 3 our students develop their historical skills through a range of exciting and dynamic units. Teachers use a variety of teaching and learning methodologies to nurture an interest in History.

In Year 8 we ask some of the following questions:
• What is History? Why is it important?
• Who was the Tollund Man? What can we learn about the past from him?
• Why was 1066 such an important year in History?
• How did castles develop over time?
• What impact did the Normans have on Ireland?
• What was Health and Medicine like in the middle ages?
• How can I get better at History?

Our Year 9 students investigate these questions and many more:
• What was the Reformation? Why was it so significant?
• Henry VIII: Was he a saint or a sinner?
• How bloody was Bloody Mary?
• Prioritise key reasons why the Spanish Armada failed?
• What caused the Plantation of Ulster and what were the main consequences?
• Why do Historians disagree about Oliver Cromwell?
• What impact did the Famine have on society in Ireland?

In Year 10 our focus is the twentieth century and a few of the areas we study are:
• Why was the twentieth century so significant?
• Who was to blame for the Titanic disaster?
• Recruitment posters and the use of Propaganda during WW1 with a particular examination as to why there was recruitment rally in Warrenpoint in 1915?
• How did the Nazi Party control the lives of young people and women 1933-39?
• Why is it so important to study and remember the Holocaust?
• What were the causes of the partition of Ireland?
• How was Northern Ireland affected by ‘The Troubles’?
• What was it like to be a young person during ‘The Troubles’?
• How did the media portray the NICRA key marches in 1968?

To enhance student interest and enjoyment of History, we believe in the importance of educational visits to support what our students learn in the classroom. Our Year 8 students have the opportunity to visit Carrickfergus Castle. In Year 9 we visit the Ulster American Folk Park and in Year 10 we visit Dublin for the walking tour of key buildings and flash points used during the 1916 Easter Rising to support our study of the causes and consequences of partition.
GCSE

History is a popular subject at GCSE in St Mark’s with many students opting to study it.
The department follows the CCEA specification.
In Year 11 students complete two Studies in Depth. The options studied are:

Option 1 Germany 1918-1941
Changing Relationships: Britain, Northern Ireland and the Republic of Ireland 1965-1985
At the end of Year 11 students sit Unit One of their GCSE, worth 50% of their overall result.
In Year 12 students prepare one piece of Controlled Assessment worth 25% of their examination. The topic studied is JFK.
The final 25% of the course is delivered in paper 2 with an outline Study which focuses on the main events of the Cold War, 1945-1991.

Extra-Curricular
• This year the History Department will be undertaking the construction of a Motte and Bailey castle. Year 8 pupils will be given the opportunity to make a castle design come to life with their imagination and innovative designs building upon their creative skills.
• We run History Help Clinics in the lead up to GCSE examinations to focus on examination technique and past paper practice.
• To enhance the enjoyment and interest in History we are visiting the key buildings in Dublin to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Easter Rising

Homework & Core Assessments
• Homework in History is used to consolidate learning from the classroom and takes a variety of forms.
• Students in Key Stage 3 receive one homework per week and students should aim to spend 35-40 minutes completing this work. At Key Stages 4 homework is set after each lesson. We recommend students at Key Stage 4 spend 40 minutes per homework.

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