Whose Histories?: Helping busy History teachers keep their curriculum diverse
This short guide was created and has been recently updated by the University of York’s PGCE history trainees in a morning session where they thought about diversity and explored what resources are available. It contains some general principles and ideas for making lessons more diverse, with links to resources. It is not intended to be exhaustive, but to be a contribution to help busy teachers. Please do make suggestions to improve it.
Does your teaching reflect that over 50% of the people in the past were not male? Here is free resource a history of women through 6 objects to help you.
Inspired by the book ‘A History of Women in 100 Objects’ by Maggie Andrews and Janis Lomas, this classroom wall display has been put together by Ruth Lingard. It takes six objects, explains their past and what they reveal about the women to whom they are connected.
The ‘slot-in’ section is also growing. Check out a new addition on Mary Anning.
Here is a PPT and some thoughts about using sources as evidence at KS3 and KS4 to do well at GCSE and NOT use endless exam questions because: 1) there is more to education, 2) it’s not the way to build secure knowledge for strong results.
Bumping into sources
The story of the Pilgrimage of Grace PoG notes sheet PoG fact sheet
A taxonomy of substantive knowledge Brixton burning the riots remembered
The teaching materials that were presented in November 2018 at Yorkshire History Forum are here for your use. York PGCE medieval religion lessons-FINAL
- An activity about religion in medieval life with plan, resources and subject knowledge for teachers.
- Two lessons about Becket, with resources and subject knowledge for teachers.
- A fully resourced lesson on the rivalry between York and Canterbury that was fueled by the Becket affair with an impact on the historic environment still evident today.
- A lesson on medieval pilgrimage with teacher plan, resources and subject knowledge update.
These materials were developed by the University of York PGCE historians 2017-18. To do this they worked with Jeremy Muldowney from York Minster and with Dr John Jenkins, University of York and other members of the Centre for Christianity and Culture. The materials were edited by Helen Snelson.
Attached is Alex Ford’s PPT from our September 2018 meeting. You’ll find the ‘5 things we have learnt’ from the summer’s GCSE results and lots of useful ideas for re-planning Key Stage 3. First Fruit Alex Ford
A couple of really interesting resources that have come to our attention.
Firstly, a sourcebook about World War One that concentrates on the global dimension. Great for sources to show diversity and that it was, well, a WORLD War, with global impact.
Secondly, an interesting website of resources about secondary schooling since 1945. A great opportunity to build some oral history around this!
These are nice! The University oof York’s Borthwick Institute has produced these schools packs using material in their extensive archives. There are materials that can be passed on to English and Art colleagues too.
Of most interest to History teachers will be the pack on the Transatlantic Slave Trade, its links to Harewood House and the abolition debate. Local York teachers will find the Heslington Hall materials useful to flavour KS3 topics with local history.
@YorkClio and @Snelsonh had a fascinating day with the Bootham and Retreat Hospital archives – the results of that will be out soon – and you can find the Retreat archives online here too.
If you haven’t yet found it, here’s a wonderful resource crowd-sourced from history teachers across the country. Richard Kennett (@kenradical) had the great idea to use KS3 homework time to get kids to find out what was going on somewhere else at the same time as the events they were studying in class. A brilliantly simple way to get breadth into a jam-packed curriculum. Will Bailey-Watson (@mrwbw) then suggested a crowd-source of these and has acted as co-ordinator and editor. The results are being posted on the website ‘meanwhile, elsewhere..’ and are free for everyone to use.
“How do we create a curriculum in schools and universities that best reflects the histories of our current students and future citizens? As Britain has become a more diverse society, and as a result become increasingly aware of its diverse past, the need to ensure that is reflected in what we teach and research is a question of growing importance, educationally and politically.”
That’s the start of the blogpost that explains the thinking behind the new resources for schools trial from Oxford University. You can read the blogpost HERE
The result of this thinking so far is the development of knowledge rich resources that are not focused on the British Isles, or even Europe. This site is worth exploring to expand your own subject knowledge, for resources you can use and adapt for use in class, for ideas about more diverse approaches to school history topics.
The resources team would welcome comments via the website.