Cross Curricular

Cross-curricular working takes careful planning, but well done well it enhances learning and enables students to think beyond the confines of the school curriculum. History teachers can set up projects with other subjects as diverse as Maths, English and Art. Non-school subjects, such as Archaeology also relate well to History.

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  • Active remembrance

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    A year after the end of the First World War, George V stated: "I believe that my people in every part of the Empire fervently wish to perpetuate the memory of the Great Deliverance and those who laid down their lives to achieve it." From that moment, the idea of large-scale...

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  • Bringing together students from Bradford and Peshawar

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    Connecting Classrooms: bringing together Bradford and Peshawar, primary and secondary schools, history and English In this article, Dianne Excell shares her experience of a crossphase, collaborative project  funded by the British Council that brought together teachers and pupils from three  schools  n Bradford and five schools in Peshawar, Pakistan. Although...

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  • A cross-curricular approach to the Battle of the Somme

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    This workshop took place at the HA Annual Conference May 2016 in Harrogate. Jules Wooding, Cumbria’s Museum of Military Life There can be few people who have not heard of the Battle of the Somme and most of them associate it with the events of 1 July 1916.  But the...

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  • Climate change: greening the curriculum?

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    Inspired by the news that Bristol had become the UK’s first Green Capital, Kate Hawkey, Jon James and Celia Tidmarsh set out to explore what a ‘Green Capital’ School Curriculum  might look like. They explain how they created a cross-curricular project to deliver in-school workshops focused on the teaching of...

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  • From the history of maths to the history of greatness

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    Readers of Teaching History will be familiar with the benefits and difficulties of cross-curricular planning, and the pages of this journal have often carried analysis of successful collaborations with the English department, or music, or geography. Harry Fletcher-Wood describes in this article a collaboration involving maths, providing for us the...

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  • Remembering Agincourt: Bilingual Enquiry

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    Do they learn about Agincourt in France? 2015 was a year of anniversaries. As part of our funded commemoration projects surrounding the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, we have commissioned an enquiry looking at the battle and how it has been remembered, particularly aimed at pupils in years...

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  • Cunning Plan 158: teaching about the history of the UK Parliament

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    2015 is something of a year of anniversaries. It is 50 years since Churchill's death, 200 years since Waterloo, 300 since the Jacobite ‘Fifteen', 600 since Agincourt, 800 since Magna Carta. Clearly every year brings around its own crop of anniversaries; this year just seems to have quite a few...

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  • Triumphs Show 157 - What makes art history?

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    What makes art history? Year 7 exploit the resources of the Victoria and Albert Museum's Medieval Gallery to create and curate their own answer What do 14 Year 7 students, an art teacher, a history teacher and the Victoria and Albert Museum have in common? They are all part of...

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  • Triumphs Show 156 - First World War

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    Taking students outside the classroom inside the classroom Year 9 think they know a lot about the First World War. After all, they read Michael Morpurgo's novel Private Peaceful in their English lessons all the way back in Year 7, they've seen Blackadder so many times they can recite it,...

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  • Helping Year 9 explore the cultural legacies of WW1

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    A world turned molten: helping Year 9 to explore the cultural legacies of the First World War Rachel Foster shows how her own study of cultural history led to a new dimension in her planning. She wanted to show her students not only that historians are interested in many different...

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  • Writing Letchworth's war: developing a sense of the local within historical fiction through primary sources

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    Writing Letchworth's war: developing a sense of the local within historical fiction through primary sources Local history, historical fiction, and one of the most significant events of the twentieth century come together in this article as Jon Grant and Dan Townsend suggest a way to enable students to produce better...

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  • Combating a Cook-centric past through co-curricular learning

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    Combating a Cook-centric past through co-curricular learning: Year 9 dig out maps and rulers to challenge generalisations about the Age of Discovery Paula Worth presents in this article a means of challenging students' tendency to generalise even when they know that they should not. How can we encourage our students...

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  • History, music and law: commemorative cross-curricularity

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    James Woodcock continues his theme from Teaching History 138 about the difference between superficial, thematic cross-curricularity and much more rigorous interdisciplinarity. His concern is to retain rather than compromise the integrity of the subject disciplines. Woodcock argues that interdisciplinary working adds value to learning only when the knowledge and the distinctive...

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  • Can we educate Year 9 in genocide prevention?

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    Patterns of genocide: can we educate Year 9 in genocide prevention? Alison Stephen, who has wrestled for many years with the challenges of teaching emotional and controversial history within a multiethnic school setting, relished the opportunity to link her school's teaching of the Holocaust with a comparative study of other genocides....

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  • An authentic voice: perspectives on the value of listening to survivors of genocide

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    It is common practice to invite survivors of the Holocaust to speak about their experiences to pupils in schools and colleges. Systematic reflection on the value of working with survivors of the Holocaust and other genocides and on how to make the most of doing so is rarer, however. In...

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  • Employment, employability and history

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    Employment, employability and history: helping students to see the connection Five years ago, in Teaching History 132, Harris and Haydn drew attention to the fact that while the vast majority of Key Stage 3 students claimed to enjoy history and even to regard it as a useful subject, relatively few...

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  • Making Analogies Meaningful

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  • 'How do ideas travel?' East meets west - and history meets science.

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    ‘How do ideas travel?' East meets west - and history meets science.Jamie Byrom is well-known to readers of Teaching History, not least for introducing us to the concept ‘professional wrestling' in the history department (Teaching History,133, Empire Edition). That article, authored with Michael Riley, focused on the challenges of planning...

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  • Developing meaningful cross-curricular approaches.

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    From ‘splendid isolation' to productive alliances: developing meaningful cross-curricular approaches.Some history departments find themselves under pressure to incorporate skills and competences from alternative curricula. Others find that with the pressure to ease transition issues in Year 7, history can almost disappear into an amalgam of rather random subjects taught by...

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  • Lessons from seven years with project-based learning.

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    What about history? Lessons from seven years with project-based learning.Alternative curriculum models can take many forms. Some seem to be imposed on reluctant history teachers with little opportunity for planning. Other teachers are given the opportunity to really embed and revise models that might become more suitable to their particular...

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