History teaching resources on historical enquiry

Getting your students to ask their own questions and seek out the answers for themselves is a daunting task. Have a look at how other teachers have tackled it here ...

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Command terms in history
A resource designed for Y7 students to introduce some basic  … read more
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KS3 | Communicating about the past | Historical enquiry | Literacy in History | Published: 25/09/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Teaching templates and tools
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Stalin and Stalinism: a source-based exercise
A challenging source-based enquiry into the nature of Stalinism  … read more
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KS5 | Historical enquiry | Modern World: 1900-present | Published: 03/10/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Russia 1917-91 | Stalin's Russia
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Was the bombing of Hiroshima and Nagasaki justified?
Students use a source pack to prepare arguments on either side  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Historical enquiry | Published: 24/03/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Second World War
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The revolutionary restaurant: a takeaway homework
A creative, independent homework task on the topic of protest  … read more
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KS3 | Historical enquiry | Published: 03/02/2015 | From the resource collection(s): Democracy and dictatorship
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Investigation into coal mining
Students make inferences from a selection of contemporary sources  … read more
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KS3 | Historical enquiry | Using evidence | Industrial Age: 1750-1900 | Published: 06/05/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Industrial Revolution
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What did Medieval people believe caused disease?
This was designed as a KS3 activity but uses lovely illustrations  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Historical enquiry | Thematic studies | Using evidence | The Medieval period: 1000-1500 | Published: 29/04/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Medicine & health
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What problems faced James I?
A useful source-based exercise which could work as an introduction  … read more
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KS3 | Historical enquiry | Early Modern period: 1500-1750 | Published: 11/03/2014 | From the resource collection(s): The English Civil War | The role of the church in the Early Modern Period
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What can you learn from research about life in a military hospital? (ICT task)
An ICT research task using one of English Heritage's Heritage  … read more
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KS3 | Historical enquiry | Modern World: 1900-presentPublished: 22/08/2013 | 
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How was London affected by the Blitz?
A varied collection of activities to accommodate different learning  … read more
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KS3 | Historical enquiry | Using evidence | Published: 08/07/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Second World War
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Were the gunpowder plotters framed?
An evidence based card-sort on the Gunpowder Plot for students  … read more
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KS3 | Historical enquiry | Using evidence | Early Modern period: 1500-1750 | Published: 20/06/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Power and conflict in the Early Modern Period
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What happened to the princes in the tower? A History mystery!
A thinking skills activity which encourages students to grapple  … read more
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KS3 | Historical enquiry | Using evidence | Early Modern period: 1500-1750 | Published: 18/06/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Power and conflict in the Early Modern Period
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Research template
A framework designed to encourage students to select information  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Historical enquiry | Published: 17/04/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Teaching templates and tools
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Cholera mystery
An intriguing investigation in which students take on the role  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Historical enquiry | Thematic studies | Industrial Age: 1750-1900 | Published: 28/11/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Medicine & health
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Asking better questions in History
A resource to promote independent enquiry which helps students  … read more
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KS3 KS4 KS5 | Historical enquiry | Published: 12/09/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Teaching templates and tools
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Dunkirk mystery
A good introductory activity on events at Dunkirk, where students  … read more
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KS3 | Historical enquiry | Modern World: 1900-present | Published: 18/07/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Second World War
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Why was the case of Jack the Ripper never solved?
Sorting cards, and suggestions on how to use them, to help answer  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Historical enquiry | Thematic studies | Industrial Age: 1750-1900 | Published: 18/07/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Crime and punishment
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Crime scene investigation
A detective-style investigation of the murder of Thomas Becket,  … read more
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KS3 | Historical enquiry | The Medieval period: 1000-1500 | Published: 18/07/2012 | From the resource collection(s): The role of the Church in the Medieval period
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