Magnify a Source

As we have a 3 year GCSE, we started the new GCSE specification in September (eventually moving to Edexcel in January, but thats another story) and have spent the last year working on developing our source skills for KS3/Ks4. Having... Continue Reading →

Pie Chart Analysis

This was one of those random ideas that came to me when I wasn't working but it made me grab my laptop to create it. I wanted to find a way for pupils to visualise the importance of a range... Continue Reading →


My first use of the Solo Taxonomy when I was an NQT was finding a way to link it to hexagons for an observation - came up with this super cheesy 'Are you a hex-pert' activity (kids still laugh whenever... Continue Reading →

Comic Strips

Another favourite activity of mine introduced by the excellent John Mitchell @jivespin. Comic Strips created using Halftone 2 can provide a great way to consolidate learning, explain impact/causation/consequence or simple to provide a revision resource.

Significance Hexagons

Developing pupils' skills in the key concepts (causation, change & continuity, significance etc.) was something that was drilled into me during my PGCE at Edge Hill and it is something I love to teach still. Luckily, there is a wide... Continue Reading →

Switch It! 

A further peer assessment activity I use with GCSE pupils is 'Switch It! It works perfectly with smaller 4 mark questions which pupils often fail to get full marks on due to a lack of subject knowledge. The activity is rather... Continue Reading →

Significance Circles

We've been working on ways to improve our GCSE pupil's evaluation on the bigger AQA exam questions, 10 and 12 markers which ask pupils to assess the importance of one event in relation to another or overall topic. For example,... Continue Reading →

Create a Tarsia

Another great use of a Tarsia is for students to make their own for revision and to test their peers and themselves. We often do this throughout the year and students' put them into their revision folders. Do not get students... Continue Reading →

Explode a Question 

A exam question planning sheet to aid pupils in their revision. Pupils highlight the key words in the question Plan their answer around the question Fill the SPaG Bomb with any key words they will use Attached planning sheet: Explode... Continue Reading →

Iceberg Analysis

Recently I have been teaching the Collapse of Peace topic to my Y10 and we have been discussing the implications of the crises of the late 1930s such as the Sudetenland and Munich Conference. For a while I have been... Continue Reading →

Visual Timelines

As part of revision for GCSE, I came across this fantastic idea by @arnewoodbazzer, who uses pictures/sources for pupils to make a visual timeline of a topic or key event. Not only do they look fantastic, but importantly the chance to... Continue Reading →

5 a Day

This is one of my favourite and most used starters, originally created by two maths colleagues at my school (@missfilson and @MissBKearns). It is used to recap the previous lesson or to interleave revision on subject knowledge from previous topics.... Continue Reading →

My first blog…

  In these first 2 years of teaching, I have found blogs by other historians and teachers invaluable and they have provided me with so much inspiration that I hope I can do the same for others with this new... Continue Reading →

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