Local and Community History Month

Local and Community History Month (1-31 May) encourages communities to explore their history and promotes historical awareness of your local area. We have hand-picked some of the best lesson plans, activities and assemblies from TES Connect to help you celebrate the history of your local community during the month of May.

Fire of London

Look back to the Great Fire of London during Local and Community History Month with this informative presentation including a variety of tasks.

Bristol and slavery

For local communities in the South-West, this GCSE History local study on Bristol examines what factors made it a successful slave port.

Scottish history videos

Study Scotland during Community History Month by exploring this selection of lesson plans and videos.

The Blitz in Wales

Use your pupils’ enquiry skills with these resources about the effects of the Blitz on Wales.

Industrial revolution

For town and cities with an industrial background, this lesson is a great way to investigate local history by exploring the conditions of child workers in the industrial revolution.

Postcards from the past: Primary local history project

A cross-curricular lesson using Google tools to allow students to compare their local area in images past and present.

Victorian Britain topic mat

Facts about Victorian Britain on a double sided mat to support independent learning or as a resource for group work at KS2.

Local history: Teachers’ pack

Ideal for Local and Community History Month, this pack allows classes to explore local history and geography. Investigate rivers and settlements using these resources, ideas and lesson plans.

History of Britain assembly

Raise awareness of Local and Community History Month by getting your pupils to perform this light-hearted assembly.

Multi-cultural Britain

Identify some of the factors that caused people to emigrate to the UK in the 20th Century and how attitudes and communities have changed.

Teachers TV: KS2 local history

Use the ideas presented in this short film from Teachers TV to celebrate Local and Community History Month.

Study a local building

In this activity from Franklin Watts, students investigate a building in their local area and how it relates to the history of the community.

Local community and the history curriculum

A good-practice example from Ofsted detailing how to ensure students have an understanding of history’s relevance to their own communities.

History and the community – KS3

Use this guide from Ofsted for increasing the amount of local history in your KS3 curriculum.

War memorials – Information for teachers

This help sheet from the War Memorials Trust is aimed at helping secondary school teachers approach the topic of war memorials with KS3 pupils.

War memorials topic plan

A cross curricular topic plan based on war memorials and incorporating history, citizenship, maths, ICT, science and Art/DT.

What was it like in the past?

Use these planning documents from QCDA to help students synthesise what they have found out about the local area and put their findings in chronological context.