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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) formed the first stage of this project which 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 writing new classroom resources for KS3, contextualised by further articles about teaching the Middle Ages. You can explore the different elements of the project below.

Suggested Reading …

… for teachers wanting to build up their knowledge of the Middle Ages HERE …


The Project:
Exploring and Teaching Medieval History

Articles on
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 …

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 …

Project Summary

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

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 …

Latest Medieval
Classroom Resources

The Wars of the Roses: a package for KS3

4. Telling Your Big Story of Medieval Britain

Journey to the Middle Ages: A Scripted Drama

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

What kinds of things mattered? – Role card activity

2. Were medieval people very different from us?

1. What are your ideas about the Middle Ages?

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

Read: William Caxton's Choices


Latest Medieval Teaching Articles

Creating an overview resource for KS3 on Medieval Britain – the dilemmas

Reflections on why itís worth teaching medieval history at KS3

Thoughts on planning the teaching about medieval monarchy at KS3

The Luttrell Psalter: an Introduction

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