Welcome to History How To’s a collaborative project between history practitioners to share and model approaches to teaching and learning within the history classroom.

We aim to bridge the gap between evidence based practice, history pedagogy and the classroom teaching by providing one page guide sheets and videos to improve both your teaching practice and student progress.

Each of these How To’s has been created by members of the history teaching community for the history teaching community

Greg Thornton and Tom Pattison

Worked Examples

Greg has examples of his use of I, We, You and downloadable resources on this website, link here

Frayer Models

Tom has very kindly shared a Google Drive with all of his Frayer Models. He welcomes their use and any additions.

Guided Reading

Do search Twitter for the many examples of Guided Reading inspired by Simon, he has also shared many here!

Retrieval Practice

Rachel has very kindly shared a Google Drive and we are very grateful to Kate Jones for some of the ideas featured here


If you are unsure about what visualiser to purchase, these ones are highly rated by teachers:

Disciplinary Knowledge

David is also the host of the brilliant Virtually Teachers podcast and has written for Teaching History, 177


Mike has kindly allowed us to use his talks from the Curricularium sessions to explain Emplotment and Worldbuilding.

Because, But and So

If you are interested in knowing more about using the Writing Revolution in the history classroom, Greg would highly recommend these two top blogs
– Rachel Ball: Link
– Kristian Shanks: Link

Whole Class Feedback
The Humble Highlighter
Vocabulary Instruction

Josh has written not 1, but 2 excellent blog posts this month about writing in the history curriculum, which can be accessed here. https://mrvallanceteach.wordpress.com/

Retrieval Packs

Alex is a expert T&L lead and shares a HUGE array of wisdom on his Twitter account, luckily lots of relates to his history teaching. His blog can be found here and is a wealth of material and ideas, most recently on Remote Learning. https://mrgordonteacher.wordpress.com/

Folding Frenzy

Our latest How To is one of the most popular revision tools we’ve seen in recent years, the Folding Frenzy by Simon. Just have a browse through Twitter for examples of this beauty.

Story, Source, Scholarship

Dan has also created a brilliant website to showcase and share the 50+ versions of this resource that have been made collaboratively by history teachers.
Check it out here, link

Knowledge Organisers

Becky has also written a number of excellent blog posts on KO’s and is truly an expert in their design and use


Mike has written a great blogpost on worldbuilding and has an article coming soon in Teaching History, look out for it!

Multiple Choice Questions
Thinking Maps

Kristian is an exceptionally talented Head of History and has great blog on which discusses history and issues facing middle and senior leaders.
We highly recommend reading it, especially his posts on curriculum .

Ten Minute Knowledge Quizzes
Local History

We would highly recommend the excellent Microhistory Lens blog by Sarah and Andrew (@andrewsweet4) if you are looking for some best practice on embedding Local History https://themicrohistorylens.wordpress.com/

Sentence Level Instruction

Josh is another teacher, in a line of excellent practitioners, who has begun to blog about his use of The Writing Revolution in the Classroom, this blog is outstanding. https://mrvallanceteach.wordpress.com/2021/01/09/the-hochman-method-sentence-level-instruction-in-the-history-classroom/

Summative Assessment

We are lucky to have the talented Emily Folorunsho share her wisdom around assessment in this How To. Emily is a Head of History and LP and shares an incredible amount of ideas on Twitter, alongside some much needed positivity

History How To on #HisTV

To see our video guides to support out instructional sheets, watch here:

The history subject community is so vibrant and innovative, with so much experience and we would love to hear from you and any ideas you have.
This could be anything, from history pedagogy, using a particular resource, applying education research or anything history learning related!

If you would like to get involved please do drop either of us a line on Twitter or sign up using this form, link