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Teaching Medieval History in Schools

If students can respect people of a time as different from our own as the Middle Ages, then perhaps there is more chance of them respecting people from different cultures today rather than instinctively interpreting difference as being inferior or a threat.

Exploring and Teaching Medieval History (2018) is a publication I planned and edited for the HA and it forms the the first stage of my medieval project, which explores alternative ways of approaching the teaching of medieval history, especially at KS3.

The project aims to give students a more representative picture of the period and greater respect for its people.

Download it from the HA website HERE …

And see the contents pages HERE …

I am now building on this publication by writing an extensive range of new classroom resources for KS3, contextualised by further articles about teaching the Middle Ages.

You can explore these different elements through the links below.

A Sense of Direction

You can see a concise summary of the aims and agenda of this project HERE …

Books, Blogs, Resources and Research on the Medieval World.

Up-dates and articles by historians plus resources created for classroom use, contributing to teachers’ knowledge and confidence about the Middle Ages HERE …

Research into Students' Perceptions of the Middle Ages

A summary of the project’s research element with suggestions and resources for investigating your own students’ ideas about the period HERE …

Classroom Resources

Two different kinds of resources:

Medieval Lives Mattered – text and activities, each section with notes for teachers and PowerPoint slides.

Medieval Readings – factual stories, biographies and other writings for students to read.

See the resources HERE …

Teaching about the Middle Ages

Articles about aspects of teaching – planning at KS3, introductions to medieval topics for new teachers and introductory reading lists

See the articles HERE …

Latest Medieval
Classroom Resources

Journey to the Middle Ages

What are your ideas about the Middle Ages?

Were medieval people very different from us?

Read: Did Margery Paston's story have a happy ending?

Read: William Caxton's Choices

Read: Three Myths About the Middle Ages

Latest Medieval Articles

The Luttrell Psalter: an Introduction

Different kinds of knowledge: what do we want KS3 students to know about the Middle Ages?

Choosing content to create a more balanced picture of the Middle Ages at KS3

Help Y7 look beyond the shadow of the Renaissance

Planning at KS3: the problem of 1066

Building explicit understanding of historical periods

Introduction to Reading about the Middle Ages

Understanding Migration in the Middle Ages

Researching Students' Perceptions