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Using oral history at Key Stage 3

Oral history has great potential to connect history to the lives of young people. It can deepen students’ understanding of history by making it more personal and complex. These resources emerged from Helen Snelson’s plenary session at the 2018 SHP Conference. Helen made a powerful argument for the potential of oral history to change the focus of historical enquiry and to build relationships betwee...

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The Industrial Revolution in Manchester

This enquiry, produced by Historic England’s Heritage Schools Programme in association with Hannah Barker and Sarah Alderson, featured in Hannah and Sarah’s sessions at the 2017 and 2018 SHP Conferences. It is intended to develop a complex understanding of the Industrial Revolution by asking students how far they agree with the statement ‘Mills and factories were the only basis for the Industrial ...

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‘Ordinary things?’: Teaching the Holocaust

This lesson, from the Centre for Holocaust Education at UCL, provides a powerful introduction to the Holocaust for Year 9 pupils and above. Click here to download the lesson plan and PowerPoint (hosted on Google Drive). You can find further resources for teaching the Holocaust by clicking here.

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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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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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Patriotism and the Great War

This simulation by Ian Luff is designed to help students think deeply about the experience of soldiers on the Western Front. The resources are from Ian’s plenary session at the 2016 SHP Conference. Patriotism and the Great War Guide part 1 Patriotism and the Great War Guide part 2 Resource 1. Declaration Resource 2. Sylvia Pankhurst Briefing Notes Resource 3 Siegfried Sassoon Briefing Notes ...

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The Roanoke Enquiry

Why did England’s first colony fail? A version of this enquiry appears in the SHP publication ‘The Impact of Empire’ byJamie Byrom, Chris Culpin and Michael Riley. The enquiry provides a detailed exploration of the encounters between the first English colonists in North America and the indigenous people. It is structured around a narrative account of Walter Raleigh’s attempt to establish a colony ...

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What’s worth knowing about Charles Darwin?

This Key Stage 3 enquiry from Alison Kitson focuses on the historical significance of Charles Darwin. By the end of the enquiry it is expected that students will: Know who Darwin was and what he was like Understand why some people at the time found his ideas threatening Realise that people can change the world by big ideas Explore why Darwin is considered significant today Identify what is worth k...

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‘I’ve started so I’ll finish’

This guidance is based on Jamie Byrom’s workshop at the 2012 SHP Conference: I’ve started so I’ll finish. Jamie writes… A lot of attention is now given in schools to the way we start and finish lessons. The language of “starters” and “plenaries” is now almost universally embedded into planning sheets and teachers’ minds.  The guidance certainly involve activities that...

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