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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  • Mushrooms and snake-oil: using film as AS/A level

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    In this article, Seán Lang examines the power of film to shape AS/A students’ perception and even understanding of the past. He argues that teachers of Years 12 and 13 underestimate at their peril the impact film can have on how students shape their perception of history. Although, as he...

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  • History and Mathematics or History with Mathematics: does it add up?

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    Ian Phillips expresses some frustration with the way the Numeracy across the Curriculum strand of England’s Key Stage 3 Strategy is sometimes presented. He argues that the acid test of cross-curricular numeracy is the value of mathematical understanding in aiding historical thinking and imagination. He criticises attempts to plant numeracy...

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  • Confronting otherness: developing scrutiny and inference skills through drawing

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    There are two main reasons why it is important for history teachers to make sense of the art teacher's processes, aims and perspectives: first, if we are concerned to improve pupils' historical knowledge and understanding then we will want to know about how learning in other subjects impacts upon it...

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  • Doomed Youth: Using theatre to support teaching about the First World War

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    Many history teachers will have taken their GCSE pupils to School History Scene's Hitler on Trial for a rigorous and inspirational session, using drama, in preparation for the GCSE examination. Josh Brooman has now broadened the work of School History Scene by writing a new play, Doomed Youth, aimed at...

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  • Pride and delight: motivating pupils through poetic writing about the First World War

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    This project emerged from team-teaching with history teachers in history lessons. Gill Minikin draws upon her expertise as an English teacher to help pupils become excited by the challenge of ‘squeezing language' into poems. History teachers often ask pupils to write poems but they do not necessarily draw upon all...

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