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KS3 history- Farage Tied up with Bayeux Tapestry

Just what was Nigel Farage thinking when he wore his Bayeux tapestry tie? What point do your pupils think he was trying to get over? See how their thinking matures in the new KS3 enquiry lesson on the puzzle of Nigel Farage’s tie. This new lesson makes a significant contribution to the idea of Britishness [...]

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 [...]

Neat significance activity for AS history on the changes Henry VIII made to the church

Just completed neat little significance smart task to encourage students to weight the relative significance of nine important changes Henry made to the church before searching for a 10th that has deliberately been held back. If you would like a draft copy email me

Significant people in KS1 history for the 2014 history curriculum

Looking back over the first year of the new National Curriculum, the one area I have noticed some welcome change in practice is in the area of teaching about significant people. Now, enjoined to teach people linked by theme, there is much more coherence to the KS1 history curriculum. Instead of pot luck, we now [...]

New A level task Vietnam. Why on earth was mighty Rolling Thunder ultimately unsuccessful?

Great new explanation builder activity in which students develop their own meaning for this paradox :

When by the end of 1965 US pilots had flown over 24,000 sortie missions and wiped out 355 of North Vietnam’s ammunition dumps, dropping more bombs than were dropped in the whole of World War Two ,why then was operation [...]