Mr M. Duffy BA Hons, PGCE – Head of Department
At Omagh High School we encourage history students to develop the skills and look beyond the headlines, to ask questions properly, and to express their own opinions. That the pursuit of historical events and people is fun and acts as a form of time travel. History is all around us and helps our students understand the origins of modern political and social problems and helps them appreciate that people in the past were not just ‘good’ or ‘bad’, but motivated in complex and inconsistent ways. We fervently believe that the study of history should be interesting, relevant and moreover accessible to a wide range of abilities.
GCSE History class in Room 20
Key Stage 3 History
Year 8: 100% Examination
Course heading: ‘The Normans.’
Key sections of learning:
I. Who were the Normans and why did they invade England?
- Who were the Normans?
- Where did they come from?
- Who were the three rivals for the throne?
- Key battles (i) Stamford Bridge (ii) Hastings – What happened? Who won? Who lost?
- The Bayeux Tapestry.
II. Norman Castles.
- Why were castles so important?
- How did castle design change?
- Advantages and Disadvantages of different types of castles.
III. Medieval Life.
- The Feudal System.
- The Domesday Book.
- A peasant’s life.
- Life in a medieval town/village.
- Medieval Law and Order (different crime and punishments).
IV. The Black Death.
- Causes and consequences of the Black Death.
- Why towns were so unhealthy.
- Differentiate between the real cause of the Black Death and what people thought caused it.
V. The Normans in Ireland.
- Why did the Normans come to Ireland?
- Why they were able to defeat the Irish.
- Different Kingdoms.
- John deCourcy, Dermot and Dervogilla.
- King John’s visits to Ireland.
Year 9: 100% Examination.
Course heading: ‘Rivalry and Conflict.’
Key sections of learning:
I. The Reformation.
- Who was Martin Luther?
- The Break from Rome.
- The main differences between the Protestant and Catholic churches.
II. The Tudors
- Henry VIII and his six wives.
- Henry’s support of the Reformation.
- Queen Elizabeth I and Mary Queen of Scots.
III. The Spanish Armada.
- Why Philip II of Spain wanted to go to war with England.
- The main events of the conflict.
- Why the Spanish were defeated.
IV. The Ulster Plantation.
- What was the purpose of the Plantation?
- How was it organised?
- Why did people come to Ulster and why were they resented?
- Hardships faced and how the Plantation affected life in Ulster and its relevance today.
V. The Battle of the Boyne.
- Why James was not accepted.
- William of Orange.
- Who won the Battle and what were the consequences of this?
VI. The English Civil War.
- The struggle for power between King and Parliament.
- Charles I & Oliver Cromwell.
- Why the King lost the War and was executed?
- Why Cromwell came to Ireland and the consequences this had.
Year 10: 100% Examination.
Course heading: Union and Partition
Key sections of learning:
I. The Act of Union and the Industrial Revolution.
- Why Great Britain wanted the Act of Union.
- The main differences between the two islands.
- The long term affects of the Act of Union.
- Major changes in industry in this period.
- Living and working conditions at this time.
II. The Great Famine.
- What caused the Great Famine?
- Why were the Irish people so poor?
- Why the Irish depended on the potato so much?
- What relief measures were set up to deal with the Famine?
- The immediate and long term causes of the Famine.
III. The Home Rule issue.
- Nationalists and Unionists – key differences.
- The Home Rule question – who was in favour of it and why?
- Who was opposed to Home Rule and why?
- The Land League.
- How the Home Rule issue affected politics?
- The Easter Rising and Partition.
IV. The outbreak of World War I – 1914.
- Why did War break out? Long term and short term causes.
- Which countries fought and where?
- Why man joined up to fight in the War?
- Trench Warfare – life in the trenches, living conditions and problems faced.
- Key battles – Gallipoli, The Somme and Jutland.
- The role of women in the War.
V. The Holocaust.
- Why Hitler persecuted the Jews?
- How propaganda was used against the Jews?
- Living conditions in the Ghettos and Death Camps.
- The human suffering and loss of life.
- Why the Holocaust should never be forgotten.
Key Stage 4 History:
Key topics of learning:
1. Germany 1918-1941.
- The end of World War 1 & the Treaty of Versailles.
- Opposition to the Weimar Republic (attempted uprisings & putsches).
- 1923 – ‘The Nightmare Year.’ (French invasion of the Ruhr, Hyperinflation & the Munich Putsch).
- 1924-29 – the Stresemann Years – Germany recovers.
- 1929 – The Wall Street Crash – the Great Depression.
- The Rise of Hitler & the Nazis.
- Nuremburg Laws & treatment of the minorities in Germany.
- The role of Women in Nazi Germany.
- Nazi control of Germany.
- Hitler’s Foreign Policy.
- Terms of Versailles broken, appeasement and the outbreak of World War II.
2. Peace War and Neutrality: Britain, Northern Ireland and Eire in the Second World War 1932-1949.
Section 1: Anglo-Irish relations before the War.
- Background to Partition, Home Rule & the Government of Ireland Act of 1920.
- Anglo-Irish Treaty, 1921.
- The Irish Free State under Eamon DeValera.
- The Trade War/Economic War 1932-1938.
- 1937 Constitution and its significance.
- Anglo-Irish agreements and the Treaty Ports issue.
- Appeasement and the Conscription issue.
- Declaration of War and Defence measures.
Section 2: Experience and response to war.
- The RAF, Radar and Reorganisation.
- The ARP (Air Raid Precautions) Evacuations and shelters.
- The Role of the N.I. Government.
- Churchill and the Battle of Britain.
- The Blitz and the strategic importance of N.I.
- N.I. and the War effort – the Home Guard, Agriculture and Rationing.
- Eire’s Neutrality and its difficulty for Britain during World War II.
Section 3: Post War Relationships.
- The New Labour Government and the Welfare State.
- Nationalisation of Industry.
- The NHS.
- Housing & education reforms.
- Post War problems in Eire – Economic Depression.
- Inter-Party Government 1948-1951.
- Declaration of a Republic and the consequences.
- The Ireland Act, 1949.
3. Superpower Rivalry 1945-1991. The Cold War.
- The End of World War II.
- Yalta and Potsdam Conferences.
- Soviet Expansion into Eastern Europe.
- The Truman Doctrine and Marshall Plan.
- The Berlin Airlift.
- The Arms Race and the Space Race.
- The Hungarian Uprising.
- The Berlin Wall.
- The Prague Spring.
- Revolution in Eastern Europe.
4. Controlled Assessment.
GCSE History, Room 20
‘History is an interesting and exciting subject which allows you to learn about how people lived in the past and what life would have been like back then. I love learning about British History and particularly the Tudors’.
Claire Spratt, Year 9 History student
GCSE History is brilliant. I have always had a keen interest in the Second World War which we studied about in Year 11 and I am now really enjoying learning about the Cold War which took place between 1945 and 1991. I particularly like the Vietnam War topic and the Cuban Missile Crisis.
Jake Hannigan, Year 12 History student
Careers linked with History
- Museum Curator.
- Clerical and secretarial.
- Retail assistants.
- Business and finance.
- Marketing/sales PR and advertising.
- Clerks and cashiers.
- Armed forces/public profession services.
- Industrial public sector.
- Catering, waiting and bar staff.
- Other professional and technical.
- Creative/design/ports professionals.
- Health and childcare.
- Teaching (Primary & Secondary)