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Key Stage Three

The Richard Whiting Enquiry

Why did Richard Whiting die a terrible death in 1539? This enquiry resulted from Michael Riley’s work with the history department atPreston School in Yeovil. The focus was on helping students to write causal explanations, and the particular context was the English Reformation. The enquiry uses a local case study – the murder of the Abbot of Glastonbury – in order to develop a broader understanding...

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Investigate Some Medieval Deaths

This activity focuses on some fourteenth-century deaths in order to spark pupils’ curiosity about people’s lives in medieval England. It makes excellent initial stimulus material to kick off an enquiry about the lives, beliefs, ideas and attitudes of people in the fourteenth century. To download: The introduction and activity in WORD [ click here ] Resource 1 – the PowerPoint [ click here ] Resour...

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A Thematic Approach to KS3

This plan for Key Stage 3 was developed by Michael Riley for the 2008 National Curriculum. It incorporates many of the core principles of SHP including a strong focus on enquiry and diversity. The plan breaks away from a ‘Norman Conquest to the Cold War’ approach to Key Stage 3, by structuring the course thematically. In Year 7 students find out about the ways in which people’s d...

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Independent Enquiry

This guidance is based on Martyn Ellis’s workshop at the 2009 SHP Conference: “Sir, can we teach Year 12 again?” – Getting Year 7 to focus on independent enquiry. Martyn’s workshop was based on his own reflective practice in helping Year 7 students to pursue an independent enquiry on an aspect women’s suffrage in Britain. The workshop featured a sequence of lessons through which he thought very ca...

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The Power of Two

This guidance is based on Donald Cumming and Dan Lyndon’s workshop at the 2012 SHP Conference: The Power of Two. Donald and Dan teach in differentschools in Yorkshire and London, but a conversation in the bar at a previous SHP Conference led to creative collaboration between Year 8 students in their two schools. Their guidance focuses on: Students’ use of blogging to pursue an enquiry on the life ...

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Illustrated Holocaust Glossary

The Holocaust is a statutory requirement of the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3. In teaching this sensitive subject wide, deep and accurate knowledge is vitally important. Sharon Artley, an Imperial War Museum Holocaust Teaching Fellow, has produced a fascinating and detailed illustrated glossary for teachers of the Holocaust. It contains a range of extended definitions and images that will enh...

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Planning for the 2014 National Curriculum

This guidance from Jamie Byrom (SHP Fellow) provides some useful starting points to help you plan for the 2014 National Curriculum. The resources include: 1. Jamie’s thoughts on revising your Key Stage 3 History Curriculum 2. The National Curriculum for History, setting out the Programmes of Study at Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 3. A summary of the overall changes in the History curriculum at Key Stage 3...

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