There’s nothing so contagious as enthusiasm. (S.T.Coleridge)

It might be history to some people but to us it’s family, pet (Alan Plater)

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Welcome to Thinking History

This site was set up in 2004 to support trainee history teachers but as, to my surprise, more teachers have used the site, I’ve added resources and articles on a wide range of topics.

Most recently I’ve concentrated on resources for teaching medieval history at KS3 – see below for an introduction to these resources.

Ian Dawson

Teaching Medieval History in Schools

This project aims to help KS3 students see the people of the Middle Ages in a more balanced way, identifying their intelligence, priorities and resilience as well as their problems and the very different circumstances in which they lived.

The project began with the HA publication Exploring and Teaching Medieval History. The latest resources are listed below and full information about resources, research into students’ preconceptions of the Middle Ages, articles about aspects of teaching about the Middle Ages and links to historians' work can be found HERE …

Bob Unwin: An Appreciation

Bob Unwin, who died in January, was PGCE tutor at Leeds University for thirty years from 1972, a major contributor to history teaching in the region. However Bob’s role in history teaching nationally was far more wide-ranging – a pioneer in creating more varied classroom resources and in the use of visual sources in particular, an advocate for the importance of fieldwork and local history, a significant contributor to the work of the Historical Association through conferences, workshops and as the founding editor of The Historian.  In person he was an inspiration, one of the most significant contributors to history education during the last fifty years.

This appreciation has been written with the help of former PGCE trainees and, in particular with support from Bob’s son, Professor Pat Unwin.

Read the full appreciation HERE …

Now Available on Thinking History

Resources on the Wars of the Roses for Y7

The Wars of the Roses has always felt a particularly tricky topic to teach at KS3.

There’s too many kings and far too many battles but too few distinctive names and too few lessons to make sense of it all.

However I think I’ve put together some worthwhile ideas and there’s even a quick route and a deeper route to choose from.

Hopefully, this won't put me at the bottom of Dame Fortune's wheel.

See the resources HERE …

Image: Detail of the Wheel of Fortune from John Lydgate's Troy Book and Siege of Thebes, © British Library

About Thinking History

About Ian Dawson, the genesis of this website and contact details HERE …

The ‘Introduction and Highlights’ section provides a guide to the aims and content of the site HERE …

LATEST MATERIAL

The Wars of the Roses: a package of resources for KS3 HERE …

Reflections on why it’s worth teaching medieval history at KS3 HERE … (Revised August 2020)

A level Wars of the Roses: Newsletter 2 HERE …

Was there a 6th century world-wide web? – Using evidence from Sutton Hoo HERE …

Developing Independent Learning for A level and undergraduates HERE …

Telling Your Big Story of Medieval Britain

   • Text Book Section HERE …

   • Scripted Drama HERE …

   • Discussing the dilemmas around creating the overview HERE …

Planning the teaching about medieval monarchy at KS3 HERE …

What do history students learn about people and the experience of living? HERE …

Richard III and the problem of how to secure the south HERE …

What can we find out about the people of the Glastonbury Lake Village? (for KS2) HERE …

What kinds of things mattered to people in the Middle Ages?

   • Text Book Section HERE …

   • Role Card Activity HERE …

Journey to the Middle Ages: A Scripted Drama HERE …

The Paston Letters HERE …

The Luttrell Psalter HERE …

Different Kinds of Knowledge HERE …

Different Types of History Book HERE…