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Using the locality to develop historical understanding

This 14 minute film shows how a group of KS2 pupils explored their local village, using a very wide range of sources (photographs, a medieval shoe etc etc) and developed their understanding of chronology.

There’s also a great deal of excellent teaching wisdom and ideas on view from Ian Coulson.

There no need to say more so I won’t!

Watch it on youtube here



Ian's 'Handy' Guide …

It’s often said that the best ideas are the simplest and here’s a brilliantly simple and effective way of remembering the basic shapes of medieval arches – Norman, Early English, Decorated, Perpendicular.

You can see Ian's 'handy' guide here …



Constructive feedback is always welcome, particularly anything that will help other teachers.

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Ian's 'Handy' Guide