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10 Lesson plans - Local and Community History Month, May

1. Great Fire of London

Look back on the fire that devastated London, England, in 1666. This evocative PowerPoint helps students to imagine that they were there.

2. Bristol and slavery

What made Bristol in the South West of England a successful slave port? Find out in this study of local history for 15- and 16-year-olds.

3. Scottish history videos

Turn back time and explore Scotland in the Middle Ages. Students discover historical figures such as Sir William Wallace and Robert the Bruce in these video-based lesson plans.

4. The Blitz in Wales

Thousands of people lost their lives in the London Blitz, but what about the people of Wales, who were carpet-bombed during the Second World War? Stretch the enquiry skills of 7- to 11-year-olds with these resources.

5. Postcards from the past

Children compare images of their local area past and present in a lesson that uses Google tools and technology.

6. Victorian homes

Take children back to a time when horses and carts dominated the streets and houses were lit by lanterns. This engaging history project will pique their interest in Victorian homes.

7. Local history pack

Get your class out and about with this investigation into local rivers and community settlements, using lesson plans and activities focused on the past.

8. Multicultural Britain

What was the Empire Windrush? Why did people swap the sunny shores of the Caribbean for the greyer skies of the UK? Explore immigration in the UK from 1948 to the present day and consider how attitudes and communities have changed.

9. African community history

What do children in the UK have in common with their peers in African communities? What could they learn from each other? Help children to compare and contrast their own histories and communities with those in Africa - and perform a traditional African dance.

10. Celebrate black history

Explore the history of black people in the US. Take your class through a timeline of black history, from the 16th-century slave trade to Barack Obama's inauguration as the country's first African-American president in 2008.

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