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Planning Issues for KS3

This is a range of discussions developed at different times over the last few years.

Please also see the most recent discussions on teaching about the Middle Ages at KS3 (including a lengthy article on planning such teaching) HERE …

The headings make them self-explanatory so I won’t witter on!

Raising Attainment

A series of articles by Dale Banham and myself identifying and exploring key strategies for improving students’ attainment.

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KS3: A structural idea for the future

What if we come up with a different structure for KS3 courses? Abandon the single ‘start to finish’ chronological structure – but without ditching chronology.

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Why do we always do ‘why’ first?

A brief thought but a serious one, suggesting an alternative way of introducing new topics – rather than killing students' interest with ‘Why did it happen?’

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Teaching the Industrial Revolution #1

The first of two items on Teaching about the Industrial Revolution:

• What would we like students to remember about it? MORE …

Teaching the Industrial Revolution #2

And the second item on Teaching the Industrial Revolution:

• What kinds of stories should we tell about it? MORE …

Knowledge in KS3: Some Thoughts

‘Thinking aloud’ about some of the issues relating to the role of knowledge within the framework of KS3 History.

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Standards of Living in the Middle Ages

Muck and misery in the Middle Ages?

How awful was life in the Middle Ages?

This article summarises recent research, especially that into changing living standards after 1300.

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What is History?

A discussion addressing the question:

What should students take away from KS3 about the process of doing history?

The emphasis is very much on keeping that ‘take-away’ in sight rather than getting lost in the detail, however enjoyable that may be.  MORE …

Planning Issues at KS3

A series of discussions of some of the major planning issues, including individual discussions of themes such as empire, warfare and everyday life.

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Teaching the Middle Ages at KS3

The most recent discussions on teaching about the Middle Ages at KS3 (including a lengthy article on planning such teaching).

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Teaching the Civil War at KS3

A discussion on ‘What would we like students to remember about the Civil War?’ including:

• Was the Civil War really so important to the people of our town/county?
• What should we remember?
• Was the Civil War really so important in the big picture of monarchy and parliament?

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Teaching about 1381 at KS3

A discussion on ‘What would we like students to remember about 1381?’ including:

• What does recent research and publications tell us about the events of 1381?
• Why teach about 1381?
• An enquiry question – Does it matter what the ‘Peasants' Revolt’ is called?

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When Was it Best to Live in …?

Exploring how to develop a history of the locality, developing knowledge, chronological understanding, evidence skills etc.

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What is History?

Raising Attainment

KS3: A structural idea for the future

Planning Issues at KS3

Teaching the Middle Ages at KS3

Why do we do why first?

Knowledge in KS3

Teaching About 1381

Teaching the Civil War at KS3

Teaching the Industrial Revolution #1

Teaching the Industrial Revolution #2

Muck & Misery in the Middle Ages

When Was it Best to Live in …?