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History: Teaching Resources

This section aims to provide a variety of teaching and learning resources and ideas for use by myself and colleagues.

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Local History Guides:

  1. The Slave Trade and West Yorkshire
  2. The Great War and West Yorkshire.

History Resources - Teaching resources in a variety of formats to download from 

Oral History Section:

  1. The Era of the Second World War - still being added to but there are a number of resources available via his link.


    1. Year 7
    2. Year 8
    3. Year 9
    4. GCSE

    ICT based lessons and activities

    1. Year 7
    2. Year 8
    3. Year 9
    4. Medicine through time
    5. Other

    Classroom activities - active learning, roleplays and source investigations

    This section currently provides aselection of activities that are tried and tested in the classroom. Currently there are examples of effective groupwork, simulations and examples of how to make a radio programme in 'normal' lessons.

    NOTE: Ian Dawson's website is about to receive a facelift! The site will be providing a range of new activities, including several of my ideas. For further details register for the newsletter on

    Starter Activities

    A growing selection of resources to use in engaging starter activities. Ideas include:

    • Blockbuster games
    • Living Timelines
    • Dingbats
    • Empathy tasks / Freeze framing

    Note: Most of the ideas in the Uses of Music in History lessons are designed as Starter / Plenary sessions

    Uses of Music in History lessons

    Reading, Writing and Speaking Frames

    This section hosts a range of excellent frames designed to aid pupils in their construction of a variety of different reading, writing and presenting tasks.

    Currently including frames to help planning for:

    1. An argument
    2. Cause and effect
    3. Persuasion
    4. Recounts
    5. Debate

    And others!


    This unit of the site currently hosts a selection of ideas about differentiation for:

    Gifted and Talented Students in History

    Covering identification of G&T students, definitions, charectoristics of gifted historians, examples of effective differentiation and examples of enrichment activities.

    External Link:

    For a fantastic range of ideas about differentiation see this excellent seminar led by John D Clare on the History Teaches' Discussion Forum. (Opens in a new window)

    Assessment for Learning

    A large selection of assessment activities, resources and methods of demonstrating targets to pupils (by jody). This extensive selection is the result of a large number of generous submissions to this site.

    Schemes of Work

    The Schemes of Work section hosts a number of example schemes of work submitted to the site, or previously created by myself.

    Note: This section needs updating to reflect changes to the National Curriculum at Key Stage 3.


    This section of the site, created jointly with hosts a number of ideas about catering for Literacy needs of pupils, links to exemplar materials and resources for classroom use. Note: this section is in need of a tidy / update!

    Student Placemats - designed to be laminated and used as a 'help yourself' tool for students. These provide an easy reference point for key terms, dates and events along with providing some reminders about how to tackle focus questions.

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Recommended Books related to teaching history highly recommends these sites: - new site aiming to provide an accessible narrative for GCSE History pupils. - fantastic range of interactive games, revision materials and links. - outstanding use of ICT to engage pupils. - a brilliant range of learning activities from Ian Dawson - simply the best for Modern World GCSE students - resources and CPD materials from the Historical Association. - make your lessons 'real' with artefacts and living history provided by experts - same author as this site, just put together in a slightly different way! - all new resources for teachers and pupils of the SHP Medicine course - A new site providing resources for teachers and pupils of the Crime and Punishment unit Militaria - a range of interesting pieces of militaria is available via tihs site
The Turkey Inn, Goose Eye, Oakworth - great historical public house with loads of great beer and a lovely atmosphere