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Improving your questioning in history to improve learning

We all know that less than 10% of questions we traditionally ask in British classrooms actually caused new learning. Most concern rehearsing what pupils already know or are about classroom management. So its probably time to re-consider why we ask questions at all I they...
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Using scripted dramas in history: reign of Elizabeth I for GCSE

Some talented teachers have the time and imagination to write scripted dramas as a powerful way into a period issue. Here is an example from Jen Thornton on the reign of Queen Elizabeth I which you can fin don Ian Dawson's brilliant website http://thinkinghistory.co.uk/ActivityBase/ReignofElizabeth.html...
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GCSE history wagging KS3 dog says HA survey

Last month the Historical Association published its annual survey of the state of history in its secondary schools. About 300 completed the survey so it is a reasonable sample. Several key issues emerged which are particularly relevant given OFSTED’s new focus on curriculum . Most schools...
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KS1 : Going to the Seaside-the mystery of the pier

One of the more interesting features of the Seaside holidays topic is the fact that it opens up discussion , even for young children , on what these novel features were built for. It is unlikely that many children will have first-hand experience...

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How well do your pupils know the periods of history?

Chronology is difficult for young children. They generally get batter as they get older, as they can relate one period to the next in context. Of course they can learn the order, much as they can remember a rhyle for sequencing the monarchs,...

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How to enage your KS2 boys with the Maya using football

Football is a religion. As early as 1000 year ago the ancient Mayan ball game drew huge crowds, not just for its entertainment value, but also for the religious significance of the sport. By looking into this ancient game we can draw startling parallels with many sports...

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OFSTED’s sensible approach to progression

OFSTED's 2019 draft Framework for Inspection is full of very welcome comments about the central importance of having a high-quality curriculum. It follows this up with some equally welcome strictures about progression, which you would do well to heed:
"Progress should not be...

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So when did the Russian Revolution really end?

This article from Miriam Dobson’s at Sheffield University

http://www.historymatters.group.shef.ac.uk/russian-revolution-end/

give us a variety of answers. Rex Wade writes: ‘The dispersal of the Constituent Assembly effectively marked the end of the Russian Revolution of...

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Don’t over-complicate your teaching

OFSTED recently published this exemplification of successful history teaching in one school using the new EIF 2019 Framework criteria.

Teachers present the historical content clearly, promoting lively discussion and debate because the topic was carefully chosen to have an element...

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Elizabeth I: awful weather

As reported in The Times, yesterday marked the Coronation of Elizabeth I, 460 years ago. It was cold and wet in London on January 15, 1559, with flurries of snow, and yet crowds braved the chill to cheer on the 25-year-old queen as...

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Dos and Don’t of concluding your history lesson

Dos and Don’ts of concluding your  history lessons

When the National Strategies were all the rage over a decade ago now, a lot of attention was paid in the Foundation subjects to lesson starters and what were known as plenaries. As with...

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In many schools primary history curriculum found wanting by OFSTED

Seven of the 33 primaries schools visited by the inspectorate under phase 3 of its curriculum study, published today, had a “complete absence” of curriculum design in humanities. History came in for considerable criticism: “History was also less well organised and implemented in a number of...
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Teaching Toys at KS1- new lessons arriving soon

When the site was launched 10 years ago, our focus was on exemplifiying best practice in the harder-to-teach areas of the National Curriculum. At that stage schools had been teaching the topic of Toys quite successfully and few teachers were asking for new resources or...
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Moon Landing story book to use with Year 2

Those of you teaching Man's First Moonlanding at KS1 but like to know that there is a cute fiction title you might want to use called They Raced to the Moon, written by F.J.Beerling and published by Fairyfaye at £5.99. It deals with serious issues...
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GCSE Medicine and First World War

The masterly Ian Dawson shows how family history brings the topic of Medicine on Western Front in WW1 alive. Those of you following Edexcel will already know of his work but well worth a look if you don't....
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15 Keystagehistory favourites

Many of you are kind enough to tell us when the lessons you have taught using our material and approaches,  which you have adapted to your own circumstances, have gone down a storm. Here are just some of your favourites so you can see that...
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Making your Y9 key questions harder than those for Y7

With OFSTED's renewed focus on the curriculum many schools are re-examining the quality of their Ks3 curriculum, mostly written without knowledge of what GCSE course would follow. Few schools have gone back and re-written their 2014 KS3 courses in the light of their GCSE choices,...
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Great class story to use with Ancient Egypt at KS2

A few years ago when I was working closely with the staff at Belleville school in South London, we discussed the sort of texts you might like to use when teaching Ancient Egypt at KS2. I was keen to recommend Maat’s feather a story of...
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Assessment in history at KS3 revisited-yet again!

KS3 assessment revisited. Recently Sally Burnham and Geraint Brown revisited their earlier seminal paper on assessment now 10 years old and published their findings in Teaching History. In their article they attempted to offer a list of do’s and don’ts. I thought it would be helpful...
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