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New KS2 assessment task: Stone Age to Iron Age

As you know we have been working hard to create a complete set of simple, easy-to-run and easy-to-mark assessment tasks that can be used formatively as well as summatively. Our aim is to ensure that each topic has at least 2 of these tasks, covering...
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Anyone for the Cold War?

As the subject officer for Edexcel announced yesterday its Hobson's choice for many centres offering an International Relations unit as part of their Modern World GCSE courses. Hi actual words were, "The Unit 1 of our GCSE Modern World specification is now likely to be...
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New KS2 Tudor smart tasks

Later this week, we will be uploading the remaining three smart tasks that complete the series of five activities which help pupils to answer the question, Why did Henry VIII Break with Rome? along with the new medium term planner. Subscribers wishing to have a...
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New GCSE Crime and Punishment resources

To support the teaching of the  GCSE thematic study, Crime and Punishment, the Digital Panopticon team has developed Criminal Lives, 1780-1925 an exhibition and education pack for schools. This is an eight panel pop-up banner exhibition that uses historical images and archival documents to explore...
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New content for History GCSE from 2015

We now have some more definitive detail of the content of the new history GCSEs. It will take a while to work out the full implications but here is the DFE's summary, in their words for you to deliberate on. GCSE specifications in history should require...
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Gove admits need to U-turn on history proposals

Listening doesn't come easy to Gove. He'd rather just pontificate about what he thinks is best for us, irrespective of what we believe. So when he has to backtrack he obviously puts this down to reluctantly giving into to unwelcome pressure rather than belatedly seeing...
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Few will mourn the passing of CA in GCSE history

So the final nail is hammered into the coffin of Controlled Assessment. That will free up much more time for valuable teaching and learning and perhaps some genuine student investigations. It was interesting to see the DFE's proposals for the 2015 GCSE containing reference to...
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New GCSE history for 2015

You can now read Gove's ideas on the new GCSE on the DfE website. The critical passage is this one: History The content of the History GCSE is intended to support students in learning more about the history of Britain and the wider world. It should inspire...
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Keeping your teaching of the Maya at KS2 up-to-date.

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Historical opinion is changing all the time often in light of new evidence, literally. The latest technology using lasers has enabled archaeologists to discover up to 60,000 hidden Mayan buildings in present-day Guatemala. Unfortunately they can't be dated. Most of these are houses,...
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KS2 lessons on Britain at War soon to be uploaded

Great news for those of you who have asked about the remaining lessons linked to the medium term planner we published over the summer. All lessons are now going through the final edit, so are available to be emailed to you on request. They will...
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French Revolution-what do the 1793 playing cards tell us?

Interesting new lesson on using 12 colourful playing cards to encourage students to work out what mattered most to the revolutionaries in 1793. Having had the analysis of one card modelled for them , students work collaboratively to decode the eleven others, each group working...
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Brand new Ancient Greece planner for KS2

After months of refining, we will be launching our new Ancient Greece planner tomorrow. All six enquiry questions and home study will tie in all the outstanding lessons as well as adding a dozen new smart tasks. Most of these support KQ5 on the Greek...
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New KS1 medium term planner on Moon Landing

A brand-new outstanding KS1 medium-term planner has now been uploaded on the Moon Landing topic. This contains all the key enquiry questions, well-pitched learning objectives as well as recommended learning activities. Three of the key lessons are now on the site with more to follow...
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New outstanding KS2 planner and lessons on Tudors

Landing soon is a brilliant KS2 medium term planner rated outstanding by OFSTED. You will find 6 enquiry-led key questions each exploring a separate historical concept in depth, and a home-study. All the existing outstanding lessons and smart tasks have now been tied into this...
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New lessons on Wright brothers coming soon

Just putting finishing touches and clearing copyright for 5 great activities for Key questions 3 , 4 and 6 of the Wright brothers planner. These comprise : a prioritising diamond-4 task looking at the reasons why the Wright brothers were so successful; a hot-seating teacher-in...
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Ancient Greeks and memory: another legacy

Many people who try to remember large amounts of information probably don't realise it at the time but they are employing methods that go back over 2,500 years: Ancient Greek methods. I'm thinking, of course, of mnemonics. The word' remember', indeed, comes from the Greek...
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