Schama on History (5 minutes with…)

Flicking through some links, I came across the ‘Five Minutes With…’ videos on the BBC website, including one with Simon Schamawho is one of my favourite ‘popularises of History’.Well worth a watch if you’ve got a spare 5 and a half minutes, not least for this wonderful quote which will be added to my wall […]

Visiting 1780

I was looking for a new way of kicking off the year 12 AS British History course which I teach, when I remembered an interview I’d read somewhere, by someone, saying something about the 1780s (the start of the course). After some Googling [1. First time I’ve really had to think about what search terms […]

16th Century Facebook

I’m concious of a backlog of half finished posts, but here’s one I can put up quickly. Emma sent round a link to this newsbiscuit story about Henry VIII lying on his profile as a starter for our work on the Tudors which will be kicking off in half term. Never having been a […]

WCYDWT? #3 Castles

In some ways the first two ideas I’ve blogged about since I tried to hijack WCYDWT for my own nefarious history type purposes haven’t quite lived up to Dan’s Standard. They’re both good ways into lessons, and they both do a good job of creating interest in something that may not be (for many students) […]

What I did with this: The World Turned Upside Down

[kml_flashembed movie=”” width=”425″ height=”344″ allowfullscreen=”true” fvars=”fs=1″ /] Ingredients: The World Turned Upside by Billy Bragg (for example the Youtube version above) Lyrics to the above song 1 guitar and a rudimentary knowledge thereof (the chords E, B and A if you want to play it in the same key) Willingness to face down a class […]