Someone once said that we should study History so that we can watch the television news with understanding.
Certainly it is impossible to fully comprehend the state we are in without a knowledge of the past, but GCSE History can offer pupils many other benefits which are increasingly sought by employers and by university selectors.
After all, History is about people, with all their triumphs and disasters, their ambitions and failures, their virtues and their weaknesses. People are fascinating: so is History.
In Year 9, the topics covered include: the Reformation in Europe and England, Henry VIII and the Tudor Dynasty, exploration and colonisation, the Spanish Armada, the Plantation of Ulster and the Williamite Wars.
In Year 10 pupils will examine two areas in depth: World War I and Ireland from Union to Partition.
In Unit 2 pupils have the chance to examine a much broader worldwide outline study, International Relations, 1945-2003. As part of their GCSE studies, pupils have the opportunity to participate in the biennial trip to Berlin.
In Year 14, the A2 modules taken are the Causes and Consequences of Great Power Conflict, 1848-1945 and the Partition of Ireland, 1900-1925. A Level historians in recent years have participated in the Shared Education History Project with their counterparts at St. Patrick’s Academy and have visited the World War I battlefields together as well as enjoying trips to Rome and London.
History News Articles
Year 9 pupils participated in a visit to the Ranfurly House Visitor Centre in Dungannon earlier this month, in conjunction with their studies on the Plantations of Ulster.
On 15th March, year 10 pupils at RSD participated in a History talk about World War I. The pupils re-lived the great war by taking part in various acting roles of soldiers and generals.