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Other (Miscellaneous) Activities

While identifying models of activities is intended to help you construct your own activities, at some stage it becomes an artificial process. Inevitably there are some activities that don’t fit the most common models and so I’ve grouped these together here.

Understanding Causation

Discussing Causation with Year 7

Why was Simon Sudbury's head on a spike?
Use the events of 1381 to get students talking about causation – but where does the purple vase fit in?

Pare - Why did it happen then?

Explore the reasons why Pare made his surgical breakthrough by creating a mobile factors web.

Would you become a highwayman? Explaining the causes of crime

Turn your students into causes and get the rest of the class to sort out the rise and fall of highway robbery. Sadly, no masks or horses required.

Why Did They Go to America?

Hats, false beards and an introduction to causation!

Why did William want to conquer England?

Your chance to play William – can you pupils sort out your motives?

Why did the Romans want an empire? The Paulinus Activity

Play the part of Paulinus and help pupils understand why empires were built

Why did Everyday Life change so much after 1750?

A sorting activity helping students see why life changed so much during the Industrial Revolution

Bringing Medicine Factors to Life

Turn your students into War, Government etc to help them understand the concept of factors more effectively.

Why did Prime Ministers become more powerful than the monarch c.1780-1830?

A quick card sort to summarise the reasons for change in royal power

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Picture Analysis

Romans & Wolves (formerly Romulus & Remus)

What’s in the picture? Find out and explore how the Romans saw themselves

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Thinking Skills

Thinking skills for Medicine through Time – Creating Memory Frames

Constructing memory frames on PowerPoint that summarise the key points, aiding memory and revision

Re-packaging the Alphabet Agencies and the New Deal

Turn a difficult topic into an enjoyable, effective and inspirational lesson

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Thinking Skills - Team Game

Weimar Republic Party Games

Help your A Level students get to grips with all those Weimar acronyms

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Londinium 60AD

A brief play that introduces Boudica’s rebellion – more Blue Peter than Pinter

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Revision Activity

Historical Speed Dating: Medicine and Health through Time

Can your students find their ideal match and improve their knowledge of medicine through time? Flowers and chocolates optional!

Historical Who's Who?

Borrow the idea of a well-known children’s game to revise knowledge of individuals.

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Student Presentations

YouTube at A level – the Case of Perkin Warbeck

A map, a whiteboard, a camera – and enhanced understanding of Warbeck’s travels

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Understanding Causation

Picture Analysis

Thinking Skills

Thinking Skills - Teams


Revision Skills

Student Presentations


Other Activity Areas

Using Activities

Types of Activities

Hot Seating

Washing Lines

Timelines & Living Graphs

Role Plays


Decision Making

Physical Maps & Family Trees

Archaeology & Mysteries

Creating Communities

Market Place

Miscellaneous Models

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