New for helping students to learn about the history of York: A History of York in Maps. In this G-drive folder you will find a history of York in several parts using the maps of the British Historic Towns Atlas Vol 5 on York. This brilliant interpretation with maps and a gazetteer was finally completed in 2015 and is part of the European historic towns atlas project that began shortly after the Second World War.
This History of York in maps is for students and teachers and it uses the maps to explain the development or York over time, from the arrival of the Romans in 71CE to modern times. Several themes are developed: political power, military power, religion, education, trade and industry.
The History is divided into parts:
- Part 1: 71-1066
- Part 2: 1065-1200
- Part 3: 1200-1500
- Part 4: 1500-1688
- … More soon!!
(The format is .mov, and can be converted to mp4 using free online software if needed.)
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.
Now there’s a big question for a Friday afternoon! Attached here are a couple of resources that you can use to help students decide. Hugh, who developed these, recommends a dramatic intro for each scenario:
- Was it when he was out of breath on the top of Senlac Hill?
- Was it as he sat smugly in the charred remains of York Minster?
- Or was it…?
Students create a situation report for each scenario. When did William Conquer England
And, in case you need it, a crib sheet to get you started: MASTER – When did William Conquer England
Michael Riley shared with us wonderful historical illustrations and many ideas about how to use these as historical interpretations in our classrooms. His Powerpoint and handout are here: Picturing the pastPicturing the Past handout
Lesson 1 Were the Dark Ages really so dark ? This lesson challenges students misconceptions about the Dark Ages by examining the Bedale Hoard.