Teaching a more representative and coherent British 17th Century

Ruth Lingard and Helen Snelson have presented their work on teaching a representative and coherent British 17th century for the HA at the 2021 Virtual Conference. All the resources accompanying the session are free to download from this blogpost.

You can find the link to a folder of all the resources here. In the folder you will find life stories of people who lived in the period 1625-1714 written in the first person. Some of them are names that are more popularly known, others are less familiar. For each person there is an accompanying worksheet. There is also a summary of the 16 stories and a suggestion for a summary activity. All the resources can be downloaded and adapted. Some exemplars of stories adapted for SEND have been provided. The resources as presented can be used to teach a coherent overview of the period in 2-3 lessons. This might be, for example, to bridge between topics, or prior to a depth study on a particular aspect of the period. However, colleagues may decide to use just a few stories, or parts of stories, and they could be used at the end of a depth story.

The enquiry question that frames these stories could be ‘What matters about the 17th Century?’ That is, what mattered to people at the time and what matters were they concerned with. The first person stories written as narratives enable pupils to be introduced to key knowledge about the period 1625-1714, including:

  • The importance of religion to people’s lives, the way it divided people and how that drove a civil war and its aftermath.
  • The impact of a civil war on all the people and the country, both at the time and its legacy.
    The impact of England’s growing trade and settlement of the Americas, as a place of emigration, domination, hope, horror and change.
  • The substantive concepts of power, parliament, monarchy, liberty, rule of law and how they develop in this period.
  • The interplay of science and religion – new understandings of space and time.

The stories are diverse in their range of place and people. (For example, the people whose stories they tell lived in different parts of the UK and beyond, lived across the time period, had different backgrounds and roles in society.) They enable an exploration of relationship, in its widest sense, and they avoid oversimplification of a complex world. History stays messy!

The stories are also rich in the disciplinary concepts of change, and similarity and difference. The stories introduce many people, but the ‘lead’ characters are more likely to be people from more privileged positions. This should be brought to the attention of pupils. It will enable teachers to draw out issues relating to the fragmentary nature of what survives to us from the past and how this can shape our sense of who and what is historically significant. The meaning that people in the 17th century gave to their lives may sit oddly with 21st century popular perceptions of what was significant in British history from that period. By raising these issues with pupils we can explore the silences and the gaps in our knowledge.

We hope these resources will be useful and that they will also serve to increase teacher, as well as pupil, knowledge of the period 1625-1714.

Update October 2021: huge thanks to Natalie Kesterton for adding a PDF of two lessons and SEND materials to the Drive folder!

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

‘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!

A History of York in Maps

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.)