What's History got to do with me? Hooking a range of learners into History


By Ben Walsh, published 21st August 2007

*This is a fascinating unit containing lots of useful and relevant information. It was clearly ahead of its time, produced in 2006 and many of the suggestions and questions posed by Haydn, Kitson and Lomas are still current today.

There is much good work going on in History classrooms at present. One of the few concerns being raised about History teaching is that pupils struggle to put this good work into a wider context and as a result are often unaware of how the History they learn in class is meaningful and relevant to their lives. The aim of this E-CPD resource is to provide teachers with a range of ideas, examples and resources to help them to make their pupils aware of what an important, exciting and relevant subject History is.

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Level 1: Exploring the issue

  • 1. Exploring the Issue
  • 1.1 Starter
  • 1.1 Task
  • 1.2 A taster of some of the research
  • 1.2 Task 1
  • 1.2 Resource 2
  • 1.2 Task 2
  • 1.3 Extension task: Bordieu's Theory of Cultural Capital
  • 1.3 Extension Resource 1
  • 1.3 Extension Resource 2
  • 1.3 Extension Resource 3
  • 1.3 Extension Task

Level 2: Addressing the issue

  • 2. Addressing the issue
  • 2.1 Starter: A small scale audit
  • 2.1 Task
  • 2.1 Online Poll Continued
  • 2.2 Planning Approaches: Major rethink
  • 2.2.1 Example 1: Rhyl High School
  • 2.2.2 Example 2: Friary School (Lichfield)
  • 2.3 Planning Approaches: Small scale approaches
  • 2.3.1 Connecting historical events or issues to personal experiences of pupils
  • 2.3.2 Connections and parallels with the present day
  • 2.3.3 Getting pupils to see the significance of what they are studying
  • 2.3.4 How historical understanding helps you make informed judgements about the present
  • 2.3.5 The relevance of History to the modern world of work
  • 2.3.6 Getting the message