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Breda Academy, Belfast
Read and Write is available for pupils to download for free at home and on school computers. Pupils can download the software onto any device.   FREE Read & Write Software Now Available for Breda Academy Students   All Breda Academy pupils are now registered to download and use TextHelp’s ‘Read & Write’ software at home for FREE.   Read & Write is a toolbar available for all pupils to download for FREE at home and to also use on school computers. The toolbar has a number of excellent features to guide pupils’ work, such as: dictionaries and picture dictionaries; text to speech generators; spelling, punctuation and grammar checkers; research highlighters; and a range of other useful features that can be used to form a personalised toolbar that suits your child’s learning needs. This software makes extended pieces of writing more accurate, and makes researching more efficient; this is particularly valuable for pupils studying for GCSE and A Level examinations.   Read & Write can be downloaded on to laptops, PCs and tablets, and on to Windows, Android, iPads, Macs and Chrome Book devices.   Please follow the instructions below to install this FREE software on to your devices:   Using the device you want to download the software on to, open up the webpage Click ‘Try Now’ Select your platform (Android, iPad, Windows, Mac OS etc.) and click install You’ll be directed to the easiest and fastest way to install; follow the instructions The first time the programme runs, you’ll be asked to log in with your email address. Choose ‘Microsoft Account’ and key in your child’s school email address (using the ending Enter your child’s C2K password, and you should be good to go!   Once the software is downloaded, there will be automatic updates when the device is connected to the internet, so you should always have the latest version of Read and Write.   If you are having difficulties downloading the software, or have questions about how to use Read & Write, please go to There are also several YouTube tutorials about how to use the various features of Read & Write
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Subject Overview:

History is a subject that enriches the lives of young people. It is a fascinating area of learning, full of interesting people, places, events and stories. The study of the past is rewarding and fosters the development of historical knowledge, understanding and a variety of transferable skills. Sharing our heritage is essential if we are to develop our students into mature, considerate adults, capable of forming their own opinions and making decisions about their lives with understanding and confidence.

Key Stage 3 Programmes of Study:

History is a diverse, thought-provoking and dynamic subject. It is accessible and valuable to students of all abilities and the History department seeks to use a wide range of active learning strategies to encourage pupils to become independent learners and fulfil their potential.

The Key Stage 3 History programme delivers the full statutory requirements, key elements and curriculum objectives of the Northern Ireland Curriculum. The programme of study in each year group at Key Stage 3 incorporates a variety of time periods, people and places and is planned for progression of knowledge, understanding and skills.

Topics at Key Stage 3 level include:

Year 8

What is History?

The Normans

The Black Death

Year 9

The Reformation

The Spanish Armada

William of Orange

Year 10

The First World War

The Holocaust

Civil Rights in America

Key Stage 4 Qualification Courses and Programmes of Study:

Key Stage 4 Pathway

GCSE History provides students with the opportunity to:

  • develop an interest and enthusiasm for history;
  • understand the significance history has for today’s society;
  • become aware of how the past has been represented, interpreted and given significance for different reasons and purposes; and
  • develop a wide range of skills that are transferable and are highly sought after by employers.

The CCEA GCSE History specification builds on the areas of study at Key Stage 3 and offers opportunities to further develop skills and capabilities:

PAPER 1: MODERN WORLD STUDIES IN DEPTH- 1 hr 45 mins external exam (60%)

  1. a) Life in Nazi Germany, 1933–45
  2. b) Changing Relations: Northern Ireland and its Neighbours, 1920–49

PAPER 2: OUTLINE STUDY- 1 hr 15 mins external exam (40%)

The Outline Study focuses on International Relations in the period after the Second World War (1945–2003) in a variety of geographical locations and political contexts


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