Category Archives: History


Horrible Histories does the Chase

Horrible Histories club this week re-enacted the popular game show ‘The Chase’.

An intense group quick fire question and answer game against the clock, with the added drama of being chased by a resident expert- the chaser.

A big thank you to our chaser of the week, Mr Palfreyman who managed an impressive victory over 5/7 of our teams.

However, a big well done to our two year 7 and 8 teams who managed to outrun our History chaser.

Intrigued by what we get up to in History club? In years 7-9? Come along on a Wednesday lunchtime and join in.

All welcome!

National Civil War Centre

The whole of Year 8 will be going on a trip to the Civil War Centre next week. This year within History, Year 8 have been studying the English Civil War.

The trip will be an excellent opportunity to bring their learning to life and really deepen their pre-existing knowledge of the topic with numerous workshops.

The first workshop that Year 8 will participate in will revolve around the ‘Trial and Execution of Charles I’.

The second will delve into the debate of ‘Who’s to Blame?’ for the Civil War and Charles’ subsequent loss of his head!

Skipton Castle

In June, we took the entirety of year 7 to Skipton Castle which has links with various aspects of the curriculum, both in Year 7 and Year 8.

Over 900 years old, Skipton Castle is one of the most complete and best preserved medieval castles in England.

Whilst here, Year 7 had the opportunity to explore the Castle both independently and with a guided tour, which enabled them to develop their pre-existing knowledge and deepen their understanding of the castle.

The trip really brought to life all they had been learning this year in History!

Darkest Hour

In June, Year 9 spent a morning off timetable to watch the Darkest Hour.

This film experience was not only very enjoyable for our students, but was also in keeping with the topics studied this year in the Year 9 History curriculum.

The film enabled the students to apply their knowledge and learning from their History lessons, which allowed them to really understand and fully appreciate the concept of the film.

Update: Year 8 History competition

The much anticipated deadline for the History competition has arrived, with some very down to the wire last minute entries to boot!

Thank you to all those who took part, there have been some really outstanding entries, we clearly have lots of creative students!

Stay tuned…the winners from each class and overall winner will be announced shortly.

Calling all year 8, its competition time!

Image result for women's suffrage100 years ago, women finally received the vote… Here in History we want to celebrate the centenary of this momentous achievement of women’s suffrage with a commemorative competition.

The competition is to create a commemorative piece of work related to women’s suffrage, this is an excellent opportunity to get creative and showcase your talents (whilst also commemorating a hugely significant event).

Some ideas might include: speeches, campaign posters, letters, poetry, presentations…

(See the powerpoint link below for a more detailed outline of the competition and for information on the women’s suffrage movement).

Now for the fine print…

Deadline: 20th June 2018. 

Criteria: Your own original work, inclusive of accurate historical detail and your very best effort.

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Imperial War Museum

Hello historians!

After a brief rest period due to technical difficulties, the History blog is back on it’s feet once more. We know you have been missing us terribly!

So what have we been doing? Well the whole of year 9 took a trip to the Imperial War Museum North. Here, they had the opportunity to explore the exhibits (including the Syria exhibit), using a question booklet to both guide them through the museum and encourage them to deepen their understanding of the vast impact war can have.

Whilst there, year 9 also participated in a workshop about the Holocaust and how it impacted upon various places and people. They had the chance to use various artefacts from archives to create a presentation about particular individuals and the role that they placed within the Holocaust. 



A special (more specific revision) shoutout to all our historians out there…

Hungry for more riveting revision tips?

We thought as much…

Have a browse of this website for more ideas on useful revision techniques, methods and tips.

You will also find ideas on how to manage any potential exam anxiety and stress, with suggestions such as mindfulness, exercise and even taking naps (We are definitely all for the latter, which those of you who have been on trips with the History department can bare witness to)

This website has been created for students and teachers alike… you can even delve into the deeper theories behind the most effective methods of revision and learning should you wish!

Top revision tips

Exams looming? Stress levels rising? At a bit of a loss on how to most efficiently revise? Taking a break and browsing the History blog?

We got your back, read on for some handy revision tips, applicable not only to History but most subjects!

Before that though, a reminder that it is perfectly natural to feel anxious when exam time approaches. The best way to keep on top of the stress is to be organised and have the confidence in yourself to realise you can (and will) do this!

Revision techniques

Flashcards using both sides of the card to test yourself on key figures, concepts, dates, definitions etc.

Colour-code your notes.

Re-read your textbook or copy out your notes.

Mind-maps for complicated topics/ concepts.

Draw pictures or symbols that will spring to mind easily.

Group study/ find a buddy to revise with, and to test you!

Listen to revision podcasts or watch revision clips.

Complete revision activities in revision guides etc.

3 months to go

Plan: create a realistic revision timetable, and stick to it!

Track your progress: use progress checklists to help you track your revision. It will help you stick to your revision plan.

Be realistic: revise in regular, small chunks, of around 30 minutes. Reward yourself with 10 minute breaks (plenty of time to catch up with your favourite blog cough cough)- you will be amazed how much you remember.

Positive thinking: motivate yourself by turning your negative thoughts to positive ones, Instead of asking ‘why can’t I remember this top

ic at all?’ ask yourself ‘what different techniques can I try to improve my memory?’

Organise: make sure you have everything you need- your revision books, coloured pens, index cards, sticky notes, paper, etc. Find a quiet place where you are comfortable. Divide your notes into sections that are easy to use.

Timeline: create a timeline with colour-coded sticky notes, to make sure you remember important dates relating to the topics.

Practise: Ask your teachers for practice questions or past papers.

1 month to go

Big picture: make sure you are familiar with examples- from the different periods you have studied (or other topics if a different subject), of factors relating to a Thematic study (such as GCSE History medicine).

Identify your weaknesses: which topics or question types are easier and which are more challenging for you? Schedule more time to revise the challenging topics or question types.

Make it stick: find memorable ways to remember key details such as chronology, try using rhymes, or doodle, as example.

Take a break: do something completely different during breaks- listen to music, take a short walk, make a cup of tea, for example.

Check your answer: answer exam questions and go over the answers to practise applying your knowledge.

Understand your mark scheme: Where available, review mark schemes for exam questions, and make sure you understand how you will be assessed. 

Master your exam skills: study and remember the steps to answer each question type.

Time yourself: practise making plans and answering exam questions within the recommended time limits.

Take mock exams seriously: you can learn from them how to manage your time better under exam conditions.

Rest well: make sure your phone and laptop are put away at least an hour before bed. This will help you rest better.

On the big day

Sleep early: Don’t work through the night, get a good night’s sleep.

Be prepared: Make sure you know where and when the exa

m is, and leave plenty of time to get there.

Check: make sure you have all your equipment in advance, including spare pens!

Drink and eat healthily: avoid too much caffeine or junk food. Water is best- if you are 5% dehydrated, your concentration drops 20%.

Stay focused: don’t listen to people who might try to wind you up about what might come up in the exam- they don’t know any more than you do!