50 imaginative history learning activities for KS1

This ground-breaking section offers a massive range of ideas, arranged in alphabetical order. Some of the titles may seem a bit esoteric but experience of working with hundreds of teachers has taught me that we need a short-hand way of describing activities, so that we can discuss and evaluate them without the need for elaborate descriptions. Many of the activities unsurprisingly appear in the Outstanding Lessons section, so at times I have cross-referred to them as there is nothing better than seeing them work in context.

1. Advising the film director

e.g. on what the scene needs to look like when the Titanic was about to sink. Pupils need to cross-reference several pictures to come up with most likely image.

2. Audio guide

The modern vogue for providing commentaries on headsets or MP3 players encourages pupils to script and then record their own commentary on an assortment of images e.g. Victorian beach scenes. See Outstanding Lesson on going to the Seaside 100 years ago.

3. Beat the textbook

See Outstanding Lesson on Washday. Pupils research and consolidate their knowledge through a range of structured activities leading to the completion of a piece of text which is then compared with a

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