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OCR GCSE History B: Resources for Making of America

SHP’s Regional Adviser for Yorkshire/Humberside and all-round expert on 19th century America, Alex Ford, suggests some resources to help you prepare to teach the new OCR History B Making of America course. This post and this post detail the resources and CPD materials that Alex has available on his website. This post has suggestions for pre-reading and pre-watching, to help you and your stud...

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Why teachers like OCR B (SHP)

I’ve been heartened by the positive response of history teachers to the OCR B (SHP) specification. Judging by the feedback we’ve received so far, there seem to be five main features of the specification that teachers find particularly appealing: The clarity and manageability of the spec. Teachers like the clarity of a GCSE course which is organised around five equally-weighted studies. As they beg...

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Planning priorities for the new SHP GCSE (OCR B)

I’m full of admiration for history teachers planning the new SHP GCSE course. Your dedication, knowledge and creativity never cease to amaze me. It’s been great to see such enthusiasm for the new specification and to hear about the plans of different schools. Some wonderful site studies are emerging for History Around Us and many history departments are taking the opportunity to study at least one...

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Raising Attainment at GCSE and A Level

Using recent research to inform planning Dale Banham (Northgate High School, Ipswich) Russell Hall (Kesgrave High School, Ipswich) This article builds on Banham and Hall’s 2012 research project that aimed to promote curiosity, intrinsic motivation and a greater degree of independence amongst their A Level students. During the last academic year they have built on this project; incorporating ...

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Women In Nazi Germany

This activity was devised by Christina Pascoe for the SHP depth study on Germany 1918-1945. It is used as the starter activity for an enquiry on women in Nazi Germany. The lesson in which the activity featured was rated as ‘outstanding’ by Ofsted, and was praised for the high level of student interest and engagement. In order to help students understand Nazi views on women, and the diversity of wo...

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Spin PowerPoints

Lesley Ann McDermott shared a novel revision strategy in the TeachMeet session at the 2012 SHP Conference. Lesley Ann uses Spin Powerpoints to make revision sessions more challenge, fun and engaging. Check out her Spin Powerpoint based on crime and punishment past questions in Resource 1. (Press ‘S’ to stop the spin!). In Resource 2 Lesley Ann suggests ideas for other things that you could include...

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Revising individuals from the Medicine Development Study

The purpose of this lesson is to revise key individuals from the medicine development study. My students often get them mixed up so I have devised a number of activities to help them remember the work of key individuals. I have brought 3 of the activities together here to create a revision lesson. A mixture of visual, oral and written activities consolidates students’ knowledge. Downloads A WORD v...

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Simulating an Early Nineteenth-Century Surgical Operation

This activity, by Andy Harmsworth, helps students to get to grips with the surgery strand of SHP’s development study of medicine. You and your students carry out a short classroom simulation of a surgical operation at the beginning of the 19 th century. The activity is used after studying the development of surgery before 1800. It provides a lively and memorable introduction to a series of lessons...

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History Around Us: Archaeology and NMR

This guidance is based the workshop at the 2009 SHP Conference by Mary Mills, Catherine McHarg and Ian Coulson, ‘Dig it with NMR’. The workshop provided a range of resources and ideas for engaging pupils in archaeological enquiry using the websites of English Heritage and the National Monuments Record. Two particularly useful resources from the workshop are: A handout (in PDF) which explains how E...

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