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Key Stage 3: 20th Century

SuffragettesHow and why did the Suffragettes’ campaign become more extreme? How do we get our students to  understand how and why things changed over  time? Focusing on the Suffragette campaign this active enquiry shows exactly how.   More…


Emily DWas Emily Davison a Martyr? Using evidence from the scene your students come to their own conclusions as to why Davison died? This engaging approach takes your students thinking to the higher level. More…


Franz FerdinandWhat would you include in a 30 second news bulletin to explain why World War One started?  Can your students use their knowledge to critique a mistake-ridden news broadcast and use their skills to create a better version?  More…


 Why did Clara Haber kill herself in May 1915? Why would a gifted scientist take her own life?  Can your pupils solve the mystery and critique a short film? The personal story reveals something very sinister. More…



 Picture1Staged or Real: How can we check whether photographs from WW1 are faked? Why was a history teacher once asked to leave the Imperial War Museum? Was he right to criticise WW1 display photographs?  More…



idocWhy did Sarah Barnes have to campaign to get her son’s name 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…


Why was World War One Great? Here students use a set of criteria to evaluate the significance of WWI. Can they apply their understanding by evaluating the coverage of WWI in a school textbook. More…


LeninIs Orlando Figes right or wrong? What really happened in Petrograd on 25 October 1917? This extended Russian Revolution enquiry focuses on Orlando Fige’s Amazon review scandal.  More…


Picture2Should your history department spend school money on Lenin artefacts? This fascinating enquiry overviews the ‘reign’ of Lenin  and unpicks whether the history dept should spend school money on Soviet memorabilia.  More…


prohibitionWhy did Prohibition fail? From “Your horse has diabetes” to Al Capone and police corruption, the reasons for the failure of Prohibition are many and varied. The lesson  develops and practices key history skills. More…


1930sWhat was life like in the 1930s?  Starting with a personal story – your class will then discover just how complex life was for different groups in the 30s. Can they decide which historians’ book title gives the best view?  More…


NS PactMeeting in Moscow: Can you solve the mystery of the Nazi-Soviet Pact? Using the hook of a broken film clip, students are encouraged to use source material to explore the thinking behind the Nazi-Soviet Pact.  More…


What can a song tell us about life in a Nazi Labour Camp? The protest song Peatbog Soldiers was written in a labour camp. What might the lyrics say? How do they compare to the available evidence? Why are some things not included? More…


Concentration campWas the Holocaust inevitable? This enquiry shows you what great teaching really should look like. Focusing on real interpretations and high end causation work, can the class decide whether they think The Holocaust was inevitable? More…


800px-Yalta_Conference_(Churchill,_Roosevelt,_Stalin)_(B&W)How would you have coped at Yalta? Role Play. Put your students in role and let them negotiate the best deal for their country More…


What can movies tell us about the Cold War? Can your students see the hidden messages in  movies? Can they spot the main themes of the Cold War in 6 different movie trailers? Great fun and important work! More…


Jamaica stampBlack Britain: Was Lord Kitchener Right? Was London the ‘Place to be’? Was Lord Kitchener’s recording of his now famous song about London an accurate view for the Windrush generation? More…


Burning buildingHow much difference did Scarman make to the lives of Black Britons after 1981? Starting with the The Specials’ Ghost Town, this lesson examines whether Lord Scarman’s1981 report made any difference to the lives of Black Britons.  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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