History is the study of humankind. It tells the stories of what is best and what is worst about all of us. It brings to life the key events, the big characters, the wars that changed us and the discoveries that have brought us forward.  We learn about our traditions, where we came from and how our roots grew.  At Malone College History is a tool to explore cultural diversity and to build up understanding to a shared future centred on the values of equality. History is the greatest story ever told. Real people, real lives and real events that span over the millennia of time. 

The History Department at Malone College believes in the power of the story, lessons centre around the story telling tradition. Pupils are encouraged to communicate, ask and answer questions, analysis and develop their own point of view.  Discussion and debate are key elements within History at Malone, pupils are active learners that participate and contribute to all of the stories explored. Pupils are also encouraged to be critical thinkers that can detect and explain basis so they can come to a balanced conclusion if their own. 

In History pupils have the opportunity to build on literacy, talking and listening
skills and personal independent research. Tasks centre on managing information, problem solving, group work and pupils are given an opportunity to express themselves creatively. History at Malone Integrated focuses on 

Citizenship; we teach the past so pupils can have an awarnessof their own and each other’s traditions. Understanding, tolerance, respect and inclusion are the core values of the Department and we believe History is a vital tool to building a more vibrant and more accepting community. 

KS3 History Programme at Malone College

Year 8: Introduction to History and the Medieval Period

  • Introduction to History
  • The Middle Ages
  • The Beginnings of Exploration 
  • The Battle of Hastings and The Race to be King 1066
  • William the Conqueror’s  Consolidation of Power
  • The Black Death 1348
  • Crime and Punishment in The Middle Ages
  • Dermot MacMurrough and The Norman Invasion of Ireland 1170
  • John deCourcy and The Norman Invasion of Ulster 1177
  • The Princes’ in the Tower and The War of The Roses
  • Christopher Columbus and The America’s 

Year 9: Early Modern History 1517-1690

  • The Reformation 1517
  • The Tudors
  • The Stewarts
  • The Age of Discovery 
  • Martin Luther and The Borgia 
  • Henry VIII and The Church of England
  • Bloody Mary
  • Queen Elizabeth and The Spanish Armada
  • James I and The Gunpowder Plot
  • Charles I and The English Civil War
  • James II and The Williamite Wars
  • The New World 
  • The Aztecs
  • The Ulster Plantations

Year 10: The 18th, 19th and 20th Centuries 

  • Ireland and The Act of Union
  • The Industrial Revolution 19th Century
  • The First World War
  • Ireland and the Struggle for Independence  
  • The Second World War
  • The Story of Belfast

KS4 History Programme at Malone College

Y11 and Y12 Pupils complete either a Foundation or Higher GCSE Pathway in History offered 

by CCEA. 

Y11: Studies In-depth

  • Germany 1919-45
  • Weimar Germany 1919-33
  • Nazi Germany 1933-45 
  • Northern Ireland  1965-85

Y12: American Civil Rights and the Cold War
Investigative Study : Controlled Assessment on America and the struggle for Black 

Civil Rights

  • The Cold War 1945-91
  • The Cold War in Europe
  • The Cold War Across the Globe
  • Source Work Skills on The Cold War 


1. Studies In-depth 50% of Exam

2. Investigative Study 25% of Exam

3. The Cold War 25% of Exam 

Our Approach to History GCSE at Malone College

The History Department wants to prepare pupils for the literacy demands of GCSE and all resources have been personalised to meet the needs of our pupils. Every pupil receives a Work Book for the three areas of study that follows the recommendations of the schools literacy policy. Notes are made manageable with short paragraphs, key words in bold and significant points of knowledge highlighted. Notes are based on Text Books and Past Paper Mark Schemes so pupils have a broad and accurate information basis. Tasks are focused and mirrored on Exam style questions so pupils can build up confidence and capacity. Pupils are also assessed on their own knowledge on a regular basis with Recall Tests being central to lessons and learning. This is to recap learning and strengthen memory. Exam Technique, Source Work Skills and developing Analytic Thought are the key skills we want to develop in pupils at KS4.

Learning begins with a question
— Barry Ewell