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History at St Joseph’s is designed and refined to fire pupils' curiosity and imagination and aims to move and inspire them with the dilemmas, choices, actions and beliefs of people in the past.


Pupils at St Joseph’s find out about the history of their community of Newry, its role in the history of Ireland and its relationship with Europe and the wider world. Pupils develop a chronological overview that enables them to make connections both within and across different periods and societies.


History at St Joseph’s prepares pupils for the future, equipping them with knowledge and skills that are prized in adult life, enhancing employability and developing an ability to play a full part in society. It encourages mutual understanding of the historic origins of our ethnic and cultural diversity, and helps pupils become confident of their own identity.


Mr K Morgan


Year 8

What is History

An introduction to the basics of studying History.  Work covered will include Sources, Chronology, Personal History etc. and is conceived as a refresher to ideas and concepts introduced at Key Stage 2.

Celtic & Norman Ireland

Examines late Celtic Ireland briefly and Norman Ireland and the influence of these two races on society in Ireland.  Topics covered will include; settlements, entertainment, warfare, legal systems and race relations. 

The Romans

Pupils cover aspects of the rise and fall of the Roman Empire.  Topics covered may include; engineering, warfare, ruling systems and legacy.

Year 9

Ireland 16th to 19th Century

In a busy academic year pupils study national and international political and religious developments from the early 16th century to the late 19th century.  Areas covered may include; the Reformation, The Armada, Nine Years War and Flight of the Earls, The Plantations, Cromwellian Ireland, the Penal Laws, Irish Republicanism/Unionism, the Irish Famine and Home Rule.

Year 10

20th Century Ireland

In a particularly relevant study area, pupils examine the events and individuals which shaped the Ireland we live in.  Areas covered may include; the campaign for Home Rule, impact of the 1st and 2nd World Wars, partition, the Troubles and Good Friday Agreement.

20th Century World Study

Campaign for Civil Rights in USA; pupils examine the events and individuals which shaped the iconic and at times traumatic campaign for Civil rights.  Areas covered may include; Reconstruction, Jim Crow Laws, Impact of WWI & WWII, Martin Luther King and Malcolm X.


Years 11 & 12

Board: AQA

Paper 1: 2 Hours

Germany, 1890 - 1945; Democracy and Dictatorship

Conflict and Tension, 1918 - 1938; The Interwar Years

Paper 2: 2 hours

Health and the People, c1000 - Present Day

Norman England, c1066 - c1100

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