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New KS3 history enquiry into reasons for signing of act of Union 1707

One of the ‘harder to teach aspects of the KS3 curriculum often put teachers off from teaching it. We need help that goes beyond the textbooks. So we have devised a new enquiry : Bought and sold for English gold? What were the real reasons why the Act was signed? Starting with a stimulating PowerPoint presentation, [...]

New KS3 lesson Why did William order the Domesday survey?

Great new enquiry lesson where pupils are given a clear introduction to the survey and then 4 conflicting explanations as to why it was carried out. Pupils have to work collaboratively, in small Time Teams, and against the clock to find evidence to support each hypothesis before coming to their own conclusion. They then compete [...]

Keeping it local: Looking for significant local people for KS1 history

Looking for local people to cover the KS1 NC for history in 2014

Finding names of significant local people locally may well prove more of a challenge than the designers of the Ks1 NC for history first thought. It is not, of course, identifying them. That is the easy bit. Any Google search will reveal them. [...]

Simple sequencing sets in KS1 history

This is a simple call to action for all of you teaching famous people and famous events in KS1 history. What I’m advocating is more use of sequencing activities especially sequencing cards with no dates, clear pictures and minimal text. Pupils should be encouraged , as soon as they have heard a story told to [...]

Teaching A level and AS history: using examiners' reports

We often glance at Chief Examiners reports quite a while after the dust of last year’s results has settled. I am advocating a more pro-active use. What is it that examiners tell us candidates find difficulty with when it comes to exams.I’m not talking about question-answering technique or time management: what I’m going to focus [...]

GCSE history of medicine: role of women, Great new audio-visual presentation

have just finished PowerPoint presentation on the role of women in history of medicine, synchronised to run alongside Annie Lennox’s Sisters doing it for themselves. 24 illustrated slides in all, in addition to slides which encourage students to analyse the factors at work  and to consider the reasons why we have relatively little evidence about [...]