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History Department Staff

Mr M Addley (Head of Department)

Mr K Lunn

Mr M Thompson

Mrs G Smith

Mr J McMahon

Mr M Jess

Why Study History?

The goal of the History Department in Lurgan JHS is for every pupil to have a general knowledge of some of the key political, social, economic and cultural events which have taken place in Britain, Europe and across the world between the 16th and 20th centuries.

Studying history helps us to make sense of our world today, as everything which is happening around us has been influenced by the past.  If we apply this knowledge to the present, we can learn lessons from past mistakes or successes and make informed choices about our futures.

Studying history also gives us a more balanced outlook on the world. History teaches us that we need to study a number of sources before coming to our own viewpoints about the past and present. 

"I enjoy History because we get to debate our opinions and everyone's voices are heard."

"History allows you to take a look at what has happened in the world, present and past, making it relevant and interesting."

" I love History because it is interesting and you get to know about the world and your own country."

KS3 History Course Details

Year 8 Knowledge

  • Unit 1 - What is History?

  • Unit 2 - The Reformation and Henry VIII

  • Unit 3 - The Ulster Plantation, Oliver Cromwell in Ireland, William of Orange

Year 9 Knowledge

  • Unit 4 - The causes of the partition of Ireland

  • Unit 5 - The consequences of the partition for Northern Ireland

  • Unit 6 - WW1 causes and the Somme

Year 10 Knowledge

  • Unit 7 - The rise of the Nazis and the Holocaust

  • Unit 8 - Hitler's foreign policy and the road to WW2

  • Unit 9 - The assassination of President John F Kennedy

“Those that fail to learn from History, are doomed to repeat it.”

– Winston Churchill

Image by Ronda Darby

Career Options

The knowledge and skills developed through studying history are relevant to a range of careers. Careers include:

  • Journalism​

  • Economics

  • Teaching

  • Insurance

  • Research

  • Archaeology and curation (museums, galleries, archives and libraries)

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