Category Archives: Active History

Residual memory, finger tip knowledge and weaving ‘Big’ history

Quite why it took me so long to make space in the diary for the SHP Conference at Leeds Trinity now seems difficult to explain but until 2013 this annual event had been something I had heard a lot about but not … Continue reading

Posted in Active History, Creative history, History, Thinking history | Tagged , | Leave a comment

Active Local History – Restoring Pride in Our Local Heritage

Over the last year I’ve been working with pupils in Y7, Y8 and Y10 on a spot of local history. The “Eye: A Castle Connected” project, supported by the Heritage Lottery Fund, English Heritage and Mid Suffolk District Council has … Continue reading

Posted in Active History, G&T, History, Local History | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

3-D History – Active Revision with Playmobil

It is that time of year again when we’re scratching our heads trying to think of something different to do with revision classes. Well why not get a bit creative, raid the toy cupboard and see what you can find … Continue reading

Posted in Active History, Creative history, History, Revision | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Lasting Memories – A worthwhile trip for Henry and Henrietta

Declining Interest? I’ve just returned from a trip to Ypres with a small group of Y9 pupils. I wonder if anyone has found recently that it has become a bit more difficult getting pupils to come on trips out? I … Continue reading

Posted in Active History, Education | Tagged | Leave a comment

Sharing Resources

After saying I’d put up some of the pictures and resources for the History Games post I’ve been wondering how on earth to do it efficiently. So I was really chuffed when, while browsing the widgets available, I found BoxNet! … Continue reading

Posted in Active History | Tagged | Leave a comment

Active Learning – Favourite History Board Games

I took over my current history department from Ian Luff who has written and spoken regularly about the power of role plays and simulations in the history classroom. I was a convert from the first time I heard him speak. … Continue reading

Posted in Active History | Tagged | Leave a comment

Reputations – Year 8 get to grips with Oliver Cromwell

Investigating the topic ‘When and why did King’s lose control?’ using Hodder’s SHP Y8 text we dispatched Charles I (by a majority decision!) and plunged onwards to make our Royal Rollercoaster. Things got interesting when we got to Cromwell.  The … Continue reading

Posted in Active History | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Getting Creative – Puppet Theatres in the History Classroom

I’m not sure if this is in any way a new idea but I’ve had some really fun lessons using this idea. The pupils love it and other teachers are starting to use the same approach in other subjects. When … Continue reading

Posted in Active History, Creative history | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Magic Hands and Rope Connectives – Y9 Study the Vietnam War

‘Magic’ PEEL Hand I really enjoyed planning and teaching this lesson with one of my Y9 classes this week. The group recently completed a written assignment about the role that military leaders played in the casualty rates on the Western Front … Continue reading

Posted in Active History | Tagged | 1 Comment