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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  • '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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  • 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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  • 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 remembrance...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Disciplining cross-curricularity?

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    Disciplining cross-curricularity? Cottenham Village College history department's inter-disciplinary projects: an evaluationWhy should we think in inter-disciplinary rather than cross-curricular terms when planning collaborative work with colleagues in other subjects? What scope is there for working in inter-disciplinary ways and what is the value of such work? James Woodcock explores these...

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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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  • Educational Resources on East Africa Key Stage 2 & 3 Geography & History

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    Educational Resources on East Africa Key Stage 2 & 3 Geography & History   New learning resources to accompany the Royal Geographical Society's exhibition on African explorers entitled ‘Bombay Africans 1850-1910' are now available on the popular  ‘Unlocking the Archives' website for schools. The free resources target the key stage 2...

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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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  • English, history and song in Year 9: mixing enquiries for a cross-curricular approach to teaching the most able

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    Several articles in previous editions of Teaching History have touched on the themes of crosscurricularity, Assessment for Learning and the most able. Tony McConnell and Mandy Monaghan bring these themes together in describing how the English and history departments in their school have taken advantage of a natural area of...

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  • Film history in the Classroom

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    A PowerPoint presentation by Ben Walsh indicating ways in which we can use Film in the history classroom. We often look at images or watch film clips but do we always see all that there is to see...Click the link below to open the presentation>>>

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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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  • Geography in the Holocaust: citizenship denied

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    In this article David Lambert argues powerfully for teachers of the humanities to place citizenship at the centre of their work. He seeks to demonstrate that the division between subject-boundaries needs to be broken through if students are not to be denied what they are entitled to: an understanding of...

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  • Having 'Great Expectations' of Year 9

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    Having ‘Great Expectations' of Year 9: Inter-disciplinary work between English and history to improve pupils' historical thinking. What scope does studying a classic novel in both English and history provide for meaningful cross-curricular work and how might engaging with historical fiction help pupils engage more effectively with the realities of...

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