Students reading Marc Morris on Eleanor of Castile

Thanks to Henry Walton of Manor CE Academy for sharing this reading task. Students are supported to read historian Marc Morris’ account of Eleanor of Castile, wife of Edward I. There is a glossary and a worksheet to accompany the reading.

Eleanor of Castile

Eleanor of Castile – worksheet

Eleanor of Castile Glossary

Slot-ins, Most…Some…, beginning teacher subject knowledge

It’s been a busy start to the year in so many ways. One very positive way it has been busy is in the creation of resources by the University of York PGCE history students. Here are new slot-ins for pupils:

Also some more ‘Most… Some…’s (thanks to Polly Simson via the HA conference for this idea!)

And here are some nice film clips to help beginning teachers with subject knowledge. Enjoy!

GCSE Public Health using York Archives

Huge thanks to Heather Sherman, York College, for generously sharing this work using York’s city archives. Heather has put together this booklet of sources about public health in York for GCSE students.

The booklet is a teacher pack (this document: GCSE Public Health York Archives Material_Teacher Pack ) that links the research to the OCR, AQA and Edexcel GCSE History specifications. There are suggested activities/ questions to use with students to develop their thinking and link national history to a local context.

Heather has also provided a blank copy of each of the sources (separate sources) for use to design your own activities/ resource pack for students. She suggests that colleagues use any of the glossaries/ questions/ activities that she has designed when creating their own resources, or create their own, or use a mix of both. The suggested activities/ questions are not intended to be an exhaustive list and can be adapted to suit different students.

As a very experienced A level teacher, Heather also has her eye to what students may need to be able to do if they decide to carry on their history studies.

Meanwhile she … Aletta Jacobs

Aletta Jacobs was one of the first women in the Netherlands to become a doctor and opened one of the first birth control clinics for poor and working-class women in 1882. Thanks to Caitlin Sutherland, who completed her UoY PGCE in June and is about to start teaching in Uxbridge, for putting this ‘meanwhile she’ together. It will be useful for colleagues to add diversity to the part of the medicine / health through time course where Robert Koch is busy identifying bacteria. Meanwhile she Aletta Jacobs

Meanwhile, nearby… David Oluwale

Thank you to Kristian Shanks, Head of History at Sherburn School, for creating and sharing this Meanwhile, nearby about David Oluwale. David Oluwale was born in Nigeria, moved to Britain and lived in Yorkshire. He died after police brutality in Leeds in 1969. Meanwhile Nearby – The Murder of David Oluwale

Teaching JFK via sources and scholarship

Katie Buchanan, PGCE trainee at the University of York, has created these resources for A Level students learning about JFK. Each document focuses on a different part of the JFK story and uses primary source material and the work of historians with set questions to enable students to learn about the topics.

1. Why did Kennedy win the election_

2. Did Kennedy successfully forge a New Frontier_

3. What was the significance of the Berlin Wall_

4. Why did Cuba become such a hot spot_

5. How did Kennedy respond to Khrushchev’s nuclear missiles in Cuba_

6. Dragged or pushed – Why did Kennedy get involved in Vietnam_

‘What is History?’ for Year 6

UoYork PGCE trainees Jen Craven, Kiri Keys, Rhianne Moore have been considering the transition from Y6 to Y7. Mindful that lesson time is precious, and that Y6s are often keen as mustard, they have put this booklet together that could be sent to new students to work on over the summer. They have done it in PPT form so that it can easily be adapted by colleagues: Y6 introduction to history

Y6 to Y7 transition history – tour of Leeds

This resource has been put together to help with Year 6 into 7 transition. PGCE history trainees from the University of York, Katie Rawnsley and Mharni Shearer, have been thinking about the pastoral issues of transition and also what they would like new Y7s to know about history in secondary school. This is a particularly unusual year for Y6 into 7 transition and so they have made these resources so that they can be used on location or online.

Self-guided walking tour of Leeds – live or online

The first part of the resource is a Walking Tour of Leeds for KS2-3 Transition. This can be done as a family day out. The sites visited using the guide all link into topics studied in the secondary curriculum. If it’s not possible for a child to get into Leeds, then they can use the website walking tour to learn about local places linked to wider historical events. While it’s been designed for Y6 into 7 transition, it could be enjoyed by all ages of students as summer learning. And if you’re not lucky enough to live in Yorkshire, this work could form a template for similar work in other historic environments.

 

English Civil War resources

We are very grateful to Gillian Waters for allowing us to share these Civil War resource packs for schools: English Civil War part one  English Civil War part 2

Gillian wrote these quite a few years ago now and they were for a previous iteration of the Royal Armouries and an earlier version of the National Curriculum. However, as all good resources, there are rich pickings for teachers.

In part 1 there is material on the Battle fo Leeds in 1643, on Fort Nelson, the Tower of London and Littlecote near Hungerford. In part 2 you will find portraits of Charles I and accompanying notes, comparisons with Tudor monarchs, material on Civil War leaders, information on the Great Chain of Being, inventory source material, decision making cards relating to reasons for joining the war according to status and lots of detail and source material (including partish registers) for the course and impact of the war(s), particularly in Yorkshire.

Definitely worth a good rootle through for resources, teacher knowledge, inspiration!