There’s nothing so contagious as enthusiasm. (S.T.Coleridge)

It might be history to some people but to us it’s family, pet (Alan Plater)

Active Learning on www.thinkinghistory.co.uk

Welcome to Thinking History

This site was set up in 2004 to support trainee history teachers but as, to my surprise, more teachers have used the site, I’ve added resources and articles on a wide range of topics.

Most recently I’ve concentrated on resources for teaching medieval history at KS3 – see below for an introduction to these resources.

Ian Dawson

Teaching Medieval History in Schools

This project aims to help KS3 students see the people of the Middle Ages in a more balanced way, identifying their intelligence, priorities and resilience as well as their problems and the very different circumstances in which they lived.

The project began with the HA publication Exploring and Teaching Medieval History. The latest resources are listed below and full information about resources, research into students’ preconceptions of the Middle Ages, articles about aspects of teaching about the Middle Ages and links to historians' work can be found HERE …

Latest Medieval Resources

Medieval Lives Mattered
   1. What are your ideas about the Middle Ages?
   2. Were medieval people very different from us?
   3. What kinds of things mattered to people in the Middle Ages?
   4. Telling Your Big Story of Medieval Britain
See this materal HERE …

Richard III and the problem of how to secure the south:
   An activity for A Level HERE …

Journey to the Middle Ages: A Scripted Drama HERE …

What mattered to people in the Middle Ages?
   A role card activity HERE …

Latest Articles on Teaching about the Middle Ages

Planning the teaching about medieval monarchy at KS3: A discussion of developing students’ big picture of medieval monarchy and of how that work links into monarchy in the 1500s and 1600s.

Why it’s worth teaching medieval history at KS3: Five possible reasons for its importance at KS3

Different kinds of knowledge: what do we want KS3 students to know about the Middle Ages?

Choosing content to create a more balanced picture of the Middle Ages at KS3

Creating an overview resource for KS3 on Medieval Britain – the dilemmas

See these and other articles HERE …

Latest Non-Medieval Resources

• What do history students learn about people and the
experience of living? HERE …

• What can we find out about the people of the Glastonbury Lake Village? (for KS2) HERE …

• Helping students identify different types of history books. Are they all the same Miss? (Updated 2019) HERE …

About Thinking History

About Ian Dawson, the genesis of this website and contact details HERE …

The ‘Introduction and Highlights’ section provides a guide to the aims and content of the site HERE …

WotR Newsletter
for A level teachers

I am sending out an occasional newsletter about teaching resources for the Wars of the Roses at A level. You can find the first one HERE …

If you would like to be added to the mailing list please get in touch HERE …

Latest Material

Telling Your Big Story of Medieval Britain

   • Text Book Section HERE …

   • Scripted Drama HERE …

   • Discussing the dilemmas around creating the overview HERE …

Planning the teaching about medieval monarchy at KS3 HERE …

What do history students learn about people and the experience of living? HERE …

Why it’s worth teaching medieval history at KS3 HERE …

Richard III and the problem of how to secure the south HERE …

What can we find out about the people of the Glastonbury Lake Village? (for KS2) HERE …

What kinds of things mattered to people in the Middle Ages?

   • Text Book Section HERE …

   • Role Card Activity HERE …

Journey to the Middle Ages: A Scripted Drama HERE …

The Paston Letters HERE …

The Luttrell Psalter HERE …

Different Kinds of Knowledge HERE …

Different Types of History Book HERE…