Getting excited about the HA online conference this month!

Sally Burnham of Carres School in Lincolnshire and the University of Nottingham PGCE team is getting excited about the forthcoming HA online conference. Here is share’s her planned conference journey. What is yours? #OBHD Term 1 is finished and I am just catching my breath from one of the more challenging terms of my teaching career. Having helped Year 7 settle in, supported Year 10 … Continue reading Getting excited about the HA online conference this month!

Bridging from Y6 to Y7 – transitional history

Thanks to Andrew Sweet, Head of Humanities at Millfield School, for this blogpost in which he shares practical ideas for Year 6 to Year 7 transition and reminds us that we can set high expectations.   Planning for September! Where do we begin? The variables are considerable and quite daunting right now. The possibilities of teaching remotely or in a socially distanced classroom are hard to … Continue reading Bridging from Y6 to Y7 – transitional history

Supporting the development of students’ schema: a wish list for students arriving for their first year of A Levels

Thanks to Heather Sherman of York College for this blogpost. Heather teaches in an FE College and every year she meets new students from many schools as they embark on their two years of A Level study. Heather writes supportively as to how teachers of students at Key Stage 4 can help with the transition to Key Stage 5. Despite the pressures of the exam … Continue reading Supporting the development of students’ schema: a wish list for students arriving for their first year of A Levels

Using popular music for learning and teaching the struggle for black equality in the USA

Thanks to David Ingledew, Principal Lecturer in Education (History), University of Hertfordshire, for writing this blogpost. David picks up on previous Teaching History articles and shares some of his extensive knowledge of music to suggest tracks as sources that can be planned into your teaching of this topic. Coming soon, an equivalent list for Britain!   Music can be a powerful resource in history learning and … Continue reading Using popular music for learning and teaching the struggle for black equality in the USA

Decision making games to enthuse and nurture oracy

Thanks to Guy Bowles, Head of History and Stephen Perrin, (Acting) Assistant Head, from Upton Court Grammar School in Slough (@UcgsHistory) for this blogpost. Lots of colleagues are wrestling with effective ways to implement intended learning and student oracy remains a key focus. Guy and Stephen share with us how they are using decision making games and share some resource here too. Our best teaching … Continue reading Decision making games to enthuse and nurture oracy

Reflection on historical scholarship … teaching the 20thC

In this blogpost we responded to requests for book reviews linked to a teacher subject knowledge reading list. It’s a resource that we can keep expanding as #obhd. Please send additions when you find them. We are also keen to share colleagues’ thoughts about useful books they have read. How has a book changed your thinking? How has a book given you new ideas for … Continue reading Reflection on historical scholarship … teaching the 20thC

A View from the Sidelines about Online Communication by (History) Teachers

We are following up Hugh and Richard’s blogpost yesterday with reflections about communcation with our students in the online space from someone who is not a historian. We are grateful for this really helpful contribution as we may be too deep into our own thgouths and many students we teach may not communicate as we do, or as we think they do. For whatever reasons, some … Continue reading A View from the Sidelines about Online Communication by (History) Teachers

Effective remote history teaching

In this blogpost HA Secondary Committee members Richard Kennett & Hugh Richards offer their thoughts about effective remote history teaching.  Although updates from the DfE are coming to schools quicker than William’s cavalry on Senlac Hill we can probably say with some certainty that KS3 students will not be returning to our schools this academic year. Year 10 and Year 12 might but in what … Continue reading Effective remote history teaching