Mrs L Johnston (Leader of Learning)
Mrs N Kelly
Mr G McNeill
All pupils at the Belfast Model School for Girls study History in Key Stage 3 beginning in Year 8 with the Normans and the very topical ‘Titanic’. Year 9 topics include Henry VII, the Reformation, Queen Elizabeth I and the Armada, the Gunpowder Plot, the Execution of Charles I, the Great Plague and the Siege of Derry. In Year 10, pupils continue to develop their skills of historical enquiry focusing on the topics of World War I, Slavery and 19th Century Ireland.
At Key Stage 4 pupils are offered the opportunity to study CCEA GCSE History. The possible topics studied include Americain the 1920s & 30s, Nazi Germany, the Cold War and 20th Century Irish History. At GCSE level, in addition to traditional written external examinations, pupils will complete a controlled assessment on the Vietnam War which is worth 25% of their final mark.
The History Department has a large intake of pupils progressing to Key Stage 5 where they undertake CCEA’s AS/A2 level History course. The topics taught at this level include 20th Century Russia, Nazi Germany, the Clash of Ideologies in the 20th Century and Irish Nationalism.
The curriculum is supported by fieldtrips. Recent trips have included visits to Dublin, the Somme Centre, the Ulster Folk and Transport Museum and Mossley Mill.