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Adventures in Sourcework: The Knowledge Connection

In this final post in our series on using sources in the classroom, Rich Kennett, Head of Humanities at Redland Green School, Bristol, writes on the topic of strong arming your students into using knowledge in their answers to source questions. At my current school the cohort is above national average attainment and many students are very able. Two years ago, however, we noticed that, by and large...

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Adventure in Sourcework: Contextual Knowledge

Sally Thorne, Head of History at Colston’s Girls’ School in Bristol, shares her simple idea for demonstrating the importance of contextual knowledge when assessing a source. My focus for the year was thinking about how to assist students to start recognising sources as evidence, rather than just pillaging them for their information. Struggling to explain the year 8 how important it was...

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Adventures in Sourcework: The Verbal Rehearsal

In this post, Phil Arkinstall, Head of History at Hardenhuish School, Chippenham, explains his use of verbal rehearsals and a spruced-up inference diagram to help students build stronger arguments.  The Verbal Rehearsal My aim was to improve the essay writing of Year 8. The issue was that in previous years students had struggled to write a decent ‘causes of the English Civil War’ essay; they were,...

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The ‘Campden Wonder’: What happened to William Harrison?

This resource is a murder mystery with a difference. It relates to the disappearance of William Harrison in Chipping Campden, Gloucestershire in 1660. It led to a trial and three executions for murder before Harrison’s ‘wondrous’ reappearance two years’ later with an incredible story to tell. It will help pupils: understand the attitudes and beliefs of people in the 17th century develop their skil...

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Adventures in Sourcework: Colin the Centipede

In this post, Kate Smee, Head of Humanities at Chipping Sodbury School, asks, can Colin the Centipede help students to understand what the point of using sources is? Rationale: As we come under ever greater pressure to achieve higher grades, the push has been to make source work simpler. We have used the familiar strategies such as writing frames, formulae, deconstructing techniques, mnemonics…etc...

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Adventures in Sourcework: Literacy and Sourcework

Matt Bryant, Head of Humanities at Abbeyfield School in Chippenham, shares his strategies for assisting students in accessing the sometimes tricky language presented in written sources.  Getting students to critically assess evidence can be a challenge at the best of times but all History teachers know how important this is. By understanding and questioning source material the student becomes the ...

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Adventures in Sourcework

In the first of a series of blog posts detailing approaches to sourcework, Kate Hawkey, PGCE tutor from the University of Bristol, introduces the group of teachers responsible and the rationale behind the project.  In September 2014 a group of history teachers in and around Bristol got together to talk about the challenges and successes of teaching history in their classrooms. They invited the PGC...

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OCR GCSE History B: Living Under Nazi Rule

Published this week, a new textbook by Richard Kennett,  Head of Humanities and SHP fellow. This book is now available to purchase from our publishing partners, Hodder. Rich has written about his fascination with the topic and what makes this book stand out on the Hodder History Nest, which you can read by clicking here.  

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OCR GCSE History B: The Making of America

Hot of the press is this new textbook by Alex Ford,  History PGCE lecturer at Leeds Trinity and SHP regional adviser for Yorkshire and Humberside. This book is now available to purchase from our publishing partners, Hodder. Alex has written about his experiences writing and researching the book on the Hodder History Nest, which you can read by clicking here. Alex has previously provided some resou...

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Myths and Monty Python: an enquiry into early-modern witchcraft

The attached materials from Kerry Apps, history teacher at the Charter Schools, Dulwich, are from an enquiry into the significance of the witch-hunts in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries presented at the Schools History Project Summer Conference 2016. Rationale This enquiry was created to provide year eight with their first introduction to the historical concept of significance and provide t...

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