In line with whole school policy, the History Department aims to enable all pupils to achieve their full potential as individuals and as members of society. A broad, balanced and relevant curriculum is delivered in a caring and Christian environment with the active involvement of parents.
- To stimulate interest, curiosity and initiative and to promote an enjoyment of History.
- To encourage pupils to question, to challenge and to think for themselves. To strive towards the goal of “Pupils as independent learners”.
- To provide students with opportunities, through the revised curriculum, to develop a multi-skilled approach to learning so that they can make a valuable contribution to the world of work
- To develop skills in Literacy, Numeracy and ICT
- To develop pupil’s knowledge of the impact of the European dimension on their lives
- To give pupils an understanding of the contemporary world by putting it in historical context
- To help pupils to understand that the present has been shaped by the past and may affect the future.
- To develop within pupils an understanding of the complicated relationship between political, social, economic and cultural aspects of many societies.
Pupils studying History at Saint Mary’s are taught using a variety of teaching strategies. Pupils find that these strategies enhance their understanding, stimulate curiosity, make learning exciting and fun.
Our methods include the use of cooperative learning strategies, which we have found enhance pupil involvement, enjoyment and understanding.
The study of sources and the use historical artifacts and living history characters is a vital aspect of history which stimulates discussion and brings history alive in the classroom.
ICT and multimedia technologies are used extensively in the department. Students are encouraged to develop creativity in their use of ICT to enhance learning. We make use of mind-mapping software such as “Open Mind”, Audacity to record interviews and create Podcasts, MovieMaker to create documentaries on historical topics such as Ann Frank and movies to summarise and share revision notes. Students use a variety of office packages and other software such as Comic Life We aim to enhance the use of OneNote within the department. Students use the online learning environment, Fronter, to access learning material, submit work and take part in discussions.
Pupils can avail on e-learning revision courses at GCSE with 24 hour access to homework and revision material. Other teaching methods include:
- Whole class teaching
- Enquiry learning
- Educational visits
- Individual work
- Modeling work
- Problem solving
- Miss N. Doherty (Head of History)
- Mrs K. Kealey ( Senior Teacher)
- Mrs C. Devlin ( Head of year 11)
- Miss E.J. Kelly (Primary/Secondary Links Co-ordinator)
||Myself - Personal History
||The Norman Conquest
||The Story of Ireland
||Renaissance and Reformation
||Plantations – Ireland
|Unit 8 :
||World War One
||The Rise of Hitler
||Union to Partition
||History of Women in the 20th Century
||The Media and History
History is a very popular choice at Saint Mary's and students have achieved great success and enjoy the courses studied. GCSE History students at Saint Mary's study the CCEA History specification studying a wide range of diverse topics.
|Unit 1: Studies in Depth
||Unit3: Investigative Study – Controlled Assessment
||Option 5:Changing Relationships:Britain,Northern IrelandandIreland1965-1985
||Nazi Treatment of the Jewish Community
|50% of final result
||25% of final result
||25 % of final result
|Assessed in Year 11
||Assessed in Year 12
||Assessed in Year 12
||Length of exam
||Date of Exam
|AS 1: Historical Investigations and Historical Interpretations
||Option 5: Germany1919-1945
||1 hour 30 minutes
|AS 2: Conflict and Change inEurope
||Option 6: Italy's quest for Great Power Status 1871-1943
||1 hour 30minutes
|A2 1: Change Over Time
||Option 2 : Ireland under the Union 1800-1900
||1 hour 15 minutes
|A2 2:Historical Investigations and Interpretations
||Option 4:Partition of Ireland 1900-1925
We are pleased with the success of our students at both GCSE and A’ level History and congratulate our students on their hard work and endeavour.
Percentage of students obtaining each grade:
||Number of Students
||% A* -E