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Ostia-Toilets.jpg 1The mystery of the Irish Loughshinny skeletons? Free download. This mystery approach is fantastically engaging and simple. Can your students use their skills to work out who these skeletons were and how they died? More…



weaponsHas the artist done is homework when reconstructing this scene from the Battle of Hastings? 
Great, accessible interpretations work. Can you students use evidence to check whether an artist has done his homework ? Free downloadMore…


Pic 2The mystery of the skeletons at Charterhouse square. Can your pupils work out the mystery of the skeletons? They will use all the skills we expect:posing questions, generating hypotheses and using tentative language. Free download.  More…


Henry VIIIHenry VIII Decision-maker How would you have coped in the role of Henry VIII? This simulation gives students an introduction to the reign of King Henry VIII and the issues the king had to grapple with. Free download.  More…


glastonbury_tor_path_1Why was Richard Whiting executed? Inspired by the brill Michael Riley, we have adapted this murder mystery. Can you class use the clues to work out why Richard Whiting was executed? They realise that poor Whiting was caught up in something bigger. Free download.   More…


Smugglers at RyeTo what extent does the case of Captain Gwyn suggest smuggling was viewed as a serious crime in the 18th century? Use a real letter from the 1700s as a window onto social attitudes. Free download.  More…



Picture1Why did women drip blood onto a statue of Prime Minister William Gladstone? . Your students will answer this question, work out whether this was an act of violence or remembrance, and uncover a much bigger story too. More…



idocWhy did Sarah Barnes have to campaign to get her son listed on the local war memorial? This free download is used alongside the archive material from West Sussex’s Great War Project. Can your students solve this sad mystery? More…



vvvTriumph of the Will: Can you beat the on-line expert? Free download. This innovative enquiry gets students to acquire vital GCSE skills in an active manner. They compete in teams to spot subtle forms of propaganda. Can they then challenge an on-line expert? More…


HeadsetBlack Britain end task: Create your own radio discussion 
Rather than essay writing, try this great end task: a radio panel show on Black Britain post 45.  Your class are the expert witnesses. Free download.  More…

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