Huge thanks to Daisy Kemp and the volunteer history undergraduate team (Hannah, James, Madeline, Molly, Nell and Niamh) at the University of York. They have worked hard this term to create podcasts for keen school historians. Three podcasts are now loaded here on the YorkClio History Nerds site with supplementary materials. Each one has been created by undergraduate historians working with academics and thinking about the needs of school students who want to learn more history. They take a different approach to the popular school topics of the Tudors and Stuarts, Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia, and China Vietnam. Each one is designed to introduce school history students to a different aspect of the history of the period. They can be used by teachers with students, or listened to by students in their own time – great for securing knowledge and thinking harder about history!
Supporting lower attainers
Richard Kerridge spoke to YorkClio teachers in March 2021. Here is his PPT giving a flavour of some of the many, many ideas he shared: Teaching History to Low Attainers
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 – worksheet
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
WW1 at Home
Hugh Richards has shared this PPT used by the Huntington School History department. Nice local history connection to the wider topic for York teachers re World War One.
AQA GCSE Historic Environment Battle of Hastings help!
Thanks to Tracy Bowen and the fab history team at Fulford School for sharing this mind map for Hastings, designed to help students prep for the AQA GCSE Historic Environment topic.
Investigating the culture of a period
Inspired by a session at the Historical Association conference, staff at York College have encouraged their students to engage with the cultural milieu of the periods they study at A Level. This is to help them gain the sense of period and place they need in order to make sense of their new specific topic knowledge. The results of two of them are here. There is a document on culture in Germany in the 20th century and one on 15th and 16th century English and European culture. Nice for other A level students, useful also for students doing GCSE units on all or part of these topics, and definitely nerd-y knowledge – thanks for sharing!
‘Women in War’ HA session 2019 resources
Here are the resources that were explained in the HA 2019 conference in Chester about ‘Women in War’.
The timeline thematic activity:
Women in war over time thematic
Activity using the memorial to the women of the British Empire who did in WW1
- Ask – who is remembered on World War One war memorials?
- Read Helen Little’s letter and tell the restoration story – Info here: 2019 Five sisters Restoration story and letter
- Using a map on screen of the British Empire in the 1920s (easily available online). “You are about to get a woman’s story (written and researched by students) and a post-it note. Read it, put her name on the top of the post-it and summarise her role and death in one or two sentences onto the post-it. Come and stick it onto the map wherever you think it should go .” The women’s stories are all here: Annette PrevostBertha StevensonConstance AddisonEdith BettisElizabeth Impey storyGertrude PowickeHelen CourtJessie Olive HockeyLorna Ferrislorna rattrayLouisa Blanche RiggallLouisa WoodcockMargaret CaswellMargaret LoweMarion Lapishmary carterMary Gartside-TippingNellie ClarkeNellie SpindlerViolet Barrett
- What roles did women have who died as a result of WW1 and are on this memorial?
- What caused their deaths?
- Where did the come from?
- What sort of women were they? (all classes, but very white!) What does this suggest about the women who were in a specific service in WW1?
- Which women in war are not represented on this memorial? (mothers, carers, civilian dead from being in a war zone eg East Africa or from a zeppelin raid in York)
- What is the limitation of using a war memorial for accessing the story of women in WW1 (only the dead – actually is similar for men too – and we need to watch this on battlefields tours!)
- How is this deepening our understanding of women in the early 20thC – networked, organised, diverse…
Activity about the role of women in WW1 from a transnational perspective
- Take an inference diagram* and work with it.
- Now pass them around and look at each others’ work (this could, of course be on the wall)
- What can we infer from the source collection as a whole?
- Which of these roles do you think would have continuity with 19thC women’s roles and which were driven by the necessities of war?
- What would you now like to know about WW1 Y9? (why not let an activity such as this drive a student led framing of the WW1 enquiry question they wish to pursue?)
2019 women WW1 sources as inference diagrams – *they are all here.
And go to the ‘slot-ins’ page of this site for Women in War ‘slot-ins’!
Teaching a history of mental health to improve thematic understanding in a packed curriculum
Following on from our work that featured in TH 173 about teaching a history of people with disabilities, we have focused our recent development work on resources for teaching about mental health in the past. Here are the resources that we presented in our session at the HA conference in Chester in May 2019. This work is ongoing and we are also working with colleagues in the Netherlands. It would be great if other people would like to get involved.
Resources are provided here for a single lesson with the EQ: How differently have people viewed mental health?
We have a moral duty to reflect the diverse past in our classrooms and the Equality Duty Act of 2010 requires us to eliminate unlawful discrimination, harassment and victimization, advance equality of opportunity between different groups and foster good relations between different groups. Respecting the past of everyone is part of fostering this.
From this lesson we want students to learn that:
• Mental health has a past and therefore a history
• Ideas of what constitutes mental illness and health have changed over time
• Ideas of what causes and the treatments for mental illness have changed over time due to these changing ideas, but also other cultural and societal changes.
It could be taught at the start of GCSE or as a KS3 study to encourage conceptual understanding of change over time (thematic).
The resources you need are here:
- Teacher notes – blog version
- Starter images (see below)
- Timeline of ideas and treatment
- Living graphs
- MH History lesson
There are also a selection of slot-ins on the YorkClio slot-in page.
The starter images are here: