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New GCSE lesson on First Crusade available to subscribers

Those following the Crusades option for GCSE might be interested  to learn that a new lesson is shortly to be launched which helps students to write relevant answers to 2  distinct GCSE questions without including irrelevant material that really answers a different question. This is...
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Is this another find to help us understand Stonehenge?

Yesterday's more interesting news centred on a newly-published report on the finds at Durrington Wells on Salisbury Plain. As the place where the builders of Stonehenge lived and feasted, Durrington Walls is key to unlocking the story of the wider Stonehenge landscape, and this astonishing...
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Improving diversity in your KS2 history curriculum

Amid the current state of heightened racial tension across Britain and the USA, I thought it might be a good time to think about what we are doing in history to help with diversity. How is BAME history being represented in your school? As Ajebo’s report of...
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What inspectors report on in deep dive history inspections: a recent example with my commentary from 2020

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... Read more

Great new lesson on Ancient Egypt coming soon

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...
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Top Tips for teaching….Stone Age to Iron Age

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...
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Key ideas in primary history

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...
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Remembering VE Day

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...
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Ending Pay per Post

As of 6 pm this evening we have disabled the pay Per Post facility which enabled non-subscribers to purchase individual items. We originally introduced this facility a few years ago as a response to teachers' call for access to just parts of the site, rather...
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More thoughts on primary history OFSTED deep dives

Recently Matthew Purves , the Deputy Director for Schools, set out OFSTED latest thinking on deep dives in primary schools. He makes reference a number of times to what that means in history. Here are some of the highlights for you to ponder. ‘A deep dive…...
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Did you know there were over 1000 Roman sites in England and Wales?

The numerous discoveries of Roman finds, often by private metal detectors,  have revealed more than 1,000 Roman sites in England and Wales, often in places where archaeologists were not looking. While the objects include artworks, inscribed bronze tablets and military equipment, many sites have been...
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New Grace Darling planner and lessons coming this month

Those of you teaching Grace Darling as a famous person at KS1, perhaps as part of a broader sea-based topic, will be delighted to discover that we have now completely revised and updated the Grace Darling planner which is available to subscribers, on request, now....
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