Last update: 6th Jan 2013
With the (hopefully temporary) demise of the historyshareforum I thought I’d set up a space to share any resources that I’ve created in case they’re of any use to other teachers out there.
I tend to find I make less resources these days as my teaching styles shifts towards more project based learning, but there are a few new resources here, along with some that I’d previously shared on other sites.
All items here are available under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 3.0 Unported License. That means you are free to take them, use them, adapt them as you see fit, with the exception of for commercial use. If you’d like to make commercial use of anything here, please contact me first! If you do adapt them in any way, I’d love to hear about it.
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Key skills in History posters (bilingual) – keynote file | pdf
5m Timeline – *will update before uploading*
How am I doing? Large poster with a list of expectations for written work – pdf
*new* New classroom posters (including questions, sourcework and SOLO) – pdf
6 Hats – ppt introduction to the 6 thinking hats – ppt
How many brains? – ppt introducing students to brain ideas – right vs left / tripartite / Multiple Intelligences + quiz game – zip file
Who am I? – sheets adapted from one developed by Dan Meyer for a start of year / getting to know you activity. As posted on the excellent ‘first day’ wiki – zip file
History Walk – Notes of an enrichment walk from school to the National Waterfront Museum – doc
Year 7 History
Chronology – Ppt introducing Yr 7 to the ideas behind Chronology. Will need updating each year to include current years from range of calendars. I use wikipedia! – ppt
Chronology cards – Cards with events from the 5m timeline above, along with a lesson plan with a few ideas for how to use them. Zip file
Sources – Ppt introducing Yr 7 to sources – ppt
Crusades sources – worksheet looking at Pope Urban II’s sermon that launched the Crusades. Two versions (differentiated) – zip file
Gerald of Wales – Two powerpoints to bookend the Max Boyce narrated cartoon. The first one sets the scene and asks pupils to use a statue of Gerald to make some inferences about him. The second is a quiz based on information from the cartoon. zip file
How did the Normans change Wales? – Worksheet – Word Doc
Welsh Castles – Facts and Inferences – Using Welsh Castles Top Trumps, students create a map and a timeline and from there develop their own hypothesis about castle building in Wales. This is tested by the next lesson (Walkthrough below) – zip file
Why is Llewyelyn called the ‘Last Prince of Wales’ – or – 1282 (Ian Dawson Style!) – Inspired by the fantastic walk through activities on Ian Dawson’s ‘Thinking History’ website, this is the script for my attempt at a walkthough of the events of the Edwardian Conquest. Rubber Duck is optional. Pdf
Why did Edward I win? – A follow up lesson to the walk through (above) – pdf
Year 8 History
We’ve killed the king – what do we do now? – Decision making powerpoint taking students through the events of the post Civil War years. Students have to make decisions at key points and justify their choices based on knowledge of the period. Makes a great way to a discussion about why particular actions were taken. Ppt
Puritan Life – Ppt and jigsaw activity looking at life under the Puritans. Series of puzzles, followed by information, followed by an activity where students recreate a Puritan woodcarving showing different activities they approved / disapproved of. Nb. I haven’t used this for the last few years, so Slide 11 will need updating Ppt
The World Turn Upside Down – Originally developed with Nick Dennis, I can no longer remember which of these ideas and resources were his and which were mine, so I’m posting them all! Various activities spinning off from an analysis of the song ‘The World Turn Upside Down’ about the Diggers commune established in 1649. Includes a Quick on the draw and information sheets about various other groups from the time for students to write their own songs. The idea was that we wanted the students to get a sense of just how much the rules of social norms had been torn up by the Civil War and some of the ideas that emerged. Zip file
Mary Queen of Scots – A topic we no longer do in such depth, none the less there are some resources here including
A worksheet introducing Mary Queen of Scots with various activities
A sheet with various quotes about Mary (useful for various interpretations exercises)
A one-sided newspaper task sheet and evaluation form
A decision making activity adapted from this activity by Alan Kelly
Year 9 History