This section of the site has been designed to bring greater variety to learning and to work towards making pupils more independent learners. As we all know, we are not there yet. The most common criticism is the predominance of direct input by teachers, with pupils having little to do beyond sitting and listening. There is a place for good exposition by teachers, but too often pupils are not given enough opportunity to ask questions, identify evidence and work out the story for themselves. This is often exacerbated by classroom layouts that do not lend themselves to pupils being active learners, working independently or in groups

’50’ imaginative learning activities for Key Stage 4

We all know that the learning experience for students at Key Stage 4 could be more varied in some schools….

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Animation of labels for this cartoon allow understanding to be built progressively
The learning approach in history at Key Stage 4

Learning in Key Stage 4 history lessons is nearly always good but rarely is it outstanding.  Because we are so…

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Learning Activities: Key Stage 4

Most evidence of history teaching at Key Stage 4 comes from OFSTED reports which repeatedly paint a picture of highly…

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KS3 History
Independence History at KS3 and GCSE

Independent Enquirers Learners can develop as independent enquirers when they are provided with opportunities in history to: explore for themselves…

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Pupil's analogy diagram on the causes of World War Two. Czechoslovakia's head is being served on a plate to Hitler
20 Imaginative products at Key Stage 4

This part of the site offers an initial short list of the best twenty products I have seen in the…

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