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Teaching Ideas, Lesson Activities and Classroom Resources for KS2 and KS3 History

Friday 11th May 2012

The teaching resources selected both relate to the History curriculum at Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3. KS2 teachers may be most interested in the resources and teaching ideas offered by School History on a variety of topics usually taught across Year 3 to Year 6 in primary schools. For secondary teachers, the National Archives provides an excellent set of resources based around the concept of ‘theatres of war’ related to the Second World War. These could be useful at Key Stage 3 although teachers at KS4 may find that some of the resources and activities are useful in supporting pupils’ learning at GCSE level depending on the GCSE specification and requirements of the examination board used.

Key Stage 2 History Resources to Support a Variety of Topics

School History provides both PowerPoints and worksheets in PDF that KS2 teachers may find useful in inspiring their lessons. There are a range of teaching and learning ideas offered and these could be easily incorporated into current schemes of work that are in place in order to provide variety and interest to children across Year 3 to Year 6. Primary teachers in KS2 will find resources to support teaching and learning activities about the following topics: Ancient Greece, Ancient Egypt, the Romans, Anglo-Saxons, Britain since 1930 along with other periods in History. It is certainly worth browsing the teaching resources and lesson activities suggested by this website to find new ideas or alternative ways of delivering lessons to children at Key Stage 2.

KS3 History and World War Two: The Theatres of War Resources to Support Teaching and Learning

The National Archive offers a range of sources that can be used in the classroom to support teaching and learning about the Second World War. These sources include documents, images as well as video source files. In addition, worksheets to support the use of resources offered by the website can be downloaded to support lesson activities. This really is a comprehensive resource that secondary teachers will find invaluable should they wish to identify additional teaching resources and educational materials for use in the classroom.

History is a fascinating subject and these websites offer teaching ideas, lesson activities and learning resources that can help to engage pupils in learning about the past and developing an interest in how it can be explored and understood. 


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