Since the early 90s, artefacts have become increasingly available either to purchase or to loan. Many firms offer useful replicas and schools have built up their own small collections on certain themes, such as washday and schools in the past, focusing on the smaller...
Among the items found this week in Peebles in Scotland were a complete horse harness, preserved by the soil, and a sword that have been dated as being from 1000 to 900 BC.
They also found...
- Pupils are able to go beyond three generations to see people from over 100 years ago, beyond living memory,...
- Pupils are able to make reasoned decisions as to what constitute old and new items
- They can apply criteria to their chosen objects
- They can...
Step 1Ask children to think...
|What the inspectors said||Commentary|
|Pupils in your school thoroughly enjoy learning history.
They like the enquiry-based approach you take to learning in the history curriculum, as they learn to ask and answer questions about history.
Several spoke about the memorable experiences they have had when...
Now that schools have an extra year’s grace from OFSTED to refine their curriculum that is being worked on, it is worth reminding ourselves of the key indicators that inspectors will be exploring.Read more
A great new lesson using objects to draw conclusions about life in Ancient Egypt is soon to be available to subscribers who can request an early draft copy from 1.06.20 The lesson takes images of four small objects each of which is slowly revealed on the...Read more
While so many of you are locked down, it seems a good time to remind you of the key features of what it means to think historically. Much is encapsulated in the title. What do we ask children to learn to do in history. What...Read more
Up til now, what goes on the site has largely been driven bu the need to cover the National Curriculum/GCSE syllabi. The time has now come to move to the next phase where we respond to your requests. So, if there are items you would...Read more
We are about to launch an exciting new KS2 lesson on the poor in Victorian Britain. The lesson is called. What should we do with Martha and revolves around life in a Victorian workhouse. Martha is a difficult child, having lost her mother and being...Read more
An active lesson in which pupils generate adjectives and then use a Diamond-4 ranking activity, followed by hot seating, to ascertain Grace’s motivation. A broader context is achieved by asking pupils to analyse the possible reasons why Grace was seen as particularly famous at the...Read more
So what does effective leadership of primary history look like? A case study When Lara took over as history subject leader 3 years ago this was her first whole-school role. She volunteered to be leader of history as she had enjoyed her A level studies but...Read more
Nearing completion is a KS2 common assessment task on the Vikings aimed at Y4 with the focus on interpretations. Pupils are shown tow markedly contrasting colourful pictures of the Vikings. They have two tasks: to explain HOW the two images differ in their portrayal of...Read more
Historians have praised Florence Nightingale on the 200th anniversary of her birth, and said her legacy has “never been more relevant” amid the coronavirus pandemic. Staff at the Florence Nightingale Museum in Westminster said her key nursing values – which focused on maintaining good hygiene, regularly...Read more
Sometimes the simplest ideas are the best. Faced with an exam question such as How far do you agree with the view that, in the years 1933–39, the New Deal delivered relief but not recovery? students have to collect arguments to support 4 sides of this argument...Read more
Stone Age to Iron Age The British Isles has been populated by humans for 750.000 years but only became an island when the ice sheets melted about 8,000 years ago. It was only with the introduction of farming about 7,000 years ago that we see radical...Read more
Many of you teaching GCSE will be familiar with the issue. Your students answer the question they think the examiner will ask and the one they’ve prepared for., not the one that is set. They get in the exam room and see that the question...Read more
Last week saw the publication of the annual survey into secondary history produced by the Historical Association. Obviously reflecting the views of members of the Association and representing less than 20% of schools, nevertheless the survey contains the most data we have available on the...Read more
When we are teaching 11 subjects it is often difficult to catch the essence of each. If we're not careful we can simply deliver the scheme of work very professionally but miss passing on the key messages about what makes history distinct. So what are...Read more
This session comprises two very simple tasks: matching objects to the young children who would usually play with them, followed by a follow-up task, this time on the theme of wheeled transport where children have to sequence 3 images and match them to who would...Read more
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One of the most effective learning activities which you will find in a small number of the outstanding lessons is one called Prove It! Staff and children love it. |Pupils are given 10 statements from a textbook and set the challenge of finding which piece...Read more
Those of you who have shown an interest in this topic will be pleased to know that enough schools have enquired about it so that we have promoted it up our priority list for development.. I’m pleased to say that its taking great...Read more
In these difficult times when schools are not in session it will not be possible to commemorate the ending of the Second World War with our primary-age children in the way you might have planned. Some of you have used the lesson on VE day...Read more
Those of you who have shown an interest in this topic will be pleased to know that enough schools have enquired about it so that we have promoted it up our priority list for development.. I'm pleased to say that its taking great shape. We've...Read more
In the last week I have asked a few recent subscribers to write a review of the website from their perspective on an inexperienced subject leader who at last has time to address the sorts of issues that underlie the OFSTED 2019 Framework for Inspection...Read more
Charley Chanter of HertfordHeath primary school has just brought this Timeline making package to my attention He wrote:.I have been looking into some resources for our chronology/timebox units and came across this website (https://time.graphics/). It allows teachers and students to create and edit timelines...Read more
Just to let you know that we're making rapid progress with the new Louis Braille famous person topic. . We hope to be comparing her to Helen Keller to fit the requirements of the National Curriculum. The planner for Louis is ready and will soon...Read more
This enquiry asks students to look critically at the depiction of the massacre in the film Gandhi as a way into trying to determine the motivation of Dyer. Students are provided with an initial set of influence cards which they have to group and classify...Read more
Key question 6 setting up a class toy museum is now nearing completion and is available to subscribers on request. This just leaves KQ1 and 2 which as less historical which will follow shortly....Read more
Sorry for the delay with publishing KQ5. We still need to clear a few copyright niggles but I now have permission to make the PowerPoint available to subscribers. All you need to do is email me and I'll send the core text instructions and the...Read more
Even though we will have had the National Curriculum for history ( albeit in different guises) for nearly 30 years, there hasn’t been a great deal of attention paid to, let alone progress with, the thorny issue of assessment. Up til now the general feeling...Read more