Re-Thinking Teaching Medieval History at KS3
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.
This project aims to give students a more representative picture of the period and greater respect for its people, identifying their intelligence and resilience as well as the problems and dangers they faced.
The core of the project is a set of classroom resources called Medieval Lives which can be downloaded free of charge. You can explore the different elements of the project through the boxes below.
Core Article: Start Here
Helping KS3 pupils begin to see the Middle Ages and its people
as historians see them
This section explains the ideas which underpin Medieval Lives - in the planning and through the classroom resources. These key ideas are:
• Pupils misconceptions and historians' portrayal of the Middle Ages
• The need to plan around takeaway statements about what we want students to learn
• The need for 3 different types of enquiries to deliver a more balanced curriculum
You can read this core article HERE …
Two different kinds of resources:
• Medieval Lives – textbook-style chapters, each supported by notes for teachers and PowerPoint slides.
• Medieval Readings – factual stories, biographies and other writings for students to read.
See the resources 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 …
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 …