Visits

Educational visits with a focus on the history curriculum may range from a visit within a lesson in the immediate local area to an extended residential visit overseas. There are both pedagogical and practical considerations that have to be taken into account when planning.

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  • Triumphs Show 170: making a place for fieldwork in history lessons

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    Why ‘do’ local history? The new (grades 9–1) GCSE specifications place a lot of importance on the local environment. The rationale for this is to get students to situate a site in its historical context, and to examine the relationship between local and national developments. Initially this change was the...

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  • Right up my street: the knowledge needed to plan a local history enquiry

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    Inspired by the claim that local history can be taught effectively ‘Any time, any place, anywhere’, Katharine Burn and Jason Todd took up the challenge of planning Key Stage 3 enquiries related to an unusual and diverse, but frequently neglected and often despised, corner of Oxford. They sought not merely...

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  • Hosting teacher development at historical sites: the benefits for classroom teaching

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    Many previous contributors to Teaching History have demonstrated the power of site visits to stimulate young people’s engagement and enrich their understanding of history. It is usually assumed, however, that the young people themselves will have the opportunity to visit the site in question – an assumption that cannot always...

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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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  • Fountains Abbey and Studley Royal

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    This workshop took place at the HA Annual Conference May 2016 in Harrogate. Emma Manners, Fountains Abbey and Kate Brennan, Act the Facts This workshop explored some exciting new approaches to site studies using case studies from Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4 and AS/A-level.  Emma and Kate showed how...

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  • Out and About in Montreuil-sur-Mer

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    John Painter explores a strategically-important French boundary town, over which neighbouring powers have competed for over 1,200 years.Montreuil in Picardy is one of the most interesting small towns in northern France and a good base for visiting the battlefields of Crécy and Agincourt as well as the Somme Western Front....

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  • My Favourite History Place - Magdeburg

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    Magdeburg (‘Magdeburg überascht') is situated on the banks of the River Elbe in the state of Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany. First mentioned by Charlemagne in 805, Magdeburgtoday attracts much attention by being a major historic venue on the Straße der Romanik or Romanesque Route that has opened up a large number of...

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  • Engaging Places and Historic Enviroment

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    Engaging Places is the leading guide to using buildings and places for learning and teaching. Hundreds of resources are hosted here including lesson plans, teaching resources about architecture and design, great places to visit or learn about.Click here for more...

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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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  • Tyne Cot Cemetery, near Ypres, Belgium

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    My Favourite History Place: Tyne Cot Cemetery, near Ypres, Belgium  We can truly say that the whole circuit of the Earth is girdled with the graves of our dead. In the course of my pilgrimage, I have many times asked myself whether there can be more potent advocates of peace...

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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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  • Remembering the First World War: Using a battlefield tour of the Western Front

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    Remembering the First World War: Using a battlefield tour of the Western Front to help pupils take a more critical approach to what they encounter The first year of the government's First World War Centenary Battlefield Tours Programme is now under way, allowing increasing numbers of students from across Britain...

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  • From the Fen to the frontline: local history in context

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    Workshop Materials from Annual Conference 2014From the Fen to the frontline: local history in context by Geraint Brown Advanced Skills Teacher, Cottenham Village College

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  • Using Historic Sites Creatively

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    English Heritage Workshop that took place in May at the HA Annual Conference 2013Using historic sites: combining on-site visits, archival sources and new technology - Lynne Minett Education Manager (North of England)  Francesca Lashmar - Education Manager (South East) with support from other members of the English Heritage Education Team.Find...

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  • Ufton Court

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    Ufton Court, an Elizabethan Grade 1 Manor House between Reading and Newbury, is an inspirational centre for schools. The Ufton team lead residential and day visits for KS2 that aim to give children a passion for history.  Residential VisitsEnjoy sole overnight occupancy of the inspiring Tudor Manor over 1 to...

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  • English Heritage and Historical Association Local Heritage Project

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    One year ago, the south eastern branch of English Heritage and the Historical Association came together to see what we could do better in partnership. The outcome was the Local Heritage Partnership Project. The vision was to work together to provide access to and inspiration to carry out local heritage...

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  • Firing enthusiasm for history through international conversation

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    Talking with the ‘enemy': firing enthusiasm for history through international conversation and collaborationRichard Kerridge and Sacha Cinnamond explain how their history department built a culture of international dialogue and collaboration that enriches their students' historical learning. Videoconferencing is at the centre of these activities. Their story begins with an initial,...

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  • Exploring diversity at GCSE

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    Exploring diversity at GCSE: making a First World War battlefields visit meaningful to all studentsHaving already reflected on ways of improving their students' understanding of historical diversity at Key Stage 3, Joanne Philpott and Daniel Guiney set themselves the challenge of extending this to post-14 students by means of fieldwork activities...

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