History Resource Cupboard – lessons and resources for schools

History Resource Cupboard - lessons and resources for schools

How much can tidying up a set of ‘Horrible Histories’ help us get a big picture of the past?

Inspired by tidying up an 8 year old’s bedroom, this lesson helps your pupils get the big picture of the past by sorting out a set of horrible history books. The lesson continues to add challenge by slowly adding more books to the mix.

It then asks the students to use clues to find out when the time periods happened and asks them if Terry Deary got the names to each book right. For example, were the Victorians really ‘Vile’?

Finally your pupils are asked to design a double page spread showing the big sweep of time. Something the Horrible Histories team have forgotten to include in any of their books.


Download includes:

  • Lesson presentation: PowerPoint
  • Lesson write up: PDF
  • Resource 1, book covers 1: PDF
  • Resource 2, book covers 2: PDF
  • Resource 3, clue cards: PDF
  • Worksheet 1: PDF


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