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St John the Baptist’s College, Portadown


Studying the past may just brighten your future!

History provides pupils with skills that help in and out of the workplace. It is highly regarded for such careers as law, television, archaeology and media. The subject should be particularly appealing to those who enjoy writing about their ideas, developing logical arguments and researching from a range of evidence. In an age of information overload, the ability to recognise and evaluate bias is a real skill and one which is uniquely developed in the history classroom. 

All pupils will study history from Medieval times through to the present day. British & Irish history provides the main focus for the course which includes the twentieth century and Britain's place in the modern world. It is our aim that pupils will develop their skills in analysis, evaluation, interpretation, critical thinking, problem-solving and through investigative and research techniques, all of which are tested during Curriculum Assessment and by eventually by GCSE and A-level examination 


KS3 Overview

Key Stage 3

At Key Stage 3, pupils follow differentiated schemes of work that covers the following topic areas:

Year 8

  • Invaders of Britain and Ireland
  • The Celts
  • The Romans
  • The Anglo Saxons
  • The Vikings
  • The Norman Invasion and Control of Britain
  • The Normans in Ireland

Year 9

  • Early Britain 1500 - 1700
  • The Reformation
  • Henry VIII
  • Queens Elizabeth I and Mary of Scotland
  • England & Spain
  • The Plantation of Ireland
  • English Civil War & War in Ireland

Year 10

  • The Twentieth Century Wars
  • World War 1
  • World War 2
  • The Cold War
  • The effects of War on modern society
  • The Holocaust
  • Famous People, Events and Inventions



Key Stage 4

KS4 Overview


31st May 2019
Our Year 9 pupils thoroughly enjoyed their visit to the Battle of the Boyne Visitor...
17th May 2019
Well done to Melanie Sequeira 8A who produced this outstanding Norman Castle as part...
10th Oct 2017
9th October 1876   Alexander Graham Bell and Thomas Watson made their longest...