Assess understanding in the history classroom

Sian Evans
04th October 2016
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Resources to help you with assessing students' subject knowledge

Whether quickly testing fact retention, or challenging your students’ to write a balanced argument, checking that your class understand what they have been taught is a vital part of teaching. To support you in identifying the progress your pupils are making, we’ve selected some time-saving topic-specific assessments, resource packs and preparation activities. 

KS3 resources

Ask your students to confirm in writing that they understood the events of 1066 with this well-structured lesson, which contains three clear tasks to prepare them for an assessment. Alternatively, test your budding Medievalists in a more creative way with this Black Death historical fiction assessment. The task sheets prompt students to use their knowledge of the facts as well as empathy and context.

Examine your class’ ability interpret primary and secondary sources about the slave trade with this detailed resource pack, complete with information on how to analyse sources and writing frameworks.

Challenge older learners with this self-explanatory Holocaust assessment, designed to give students the opportunity to show their understanding, use of correct terminology and writing skills.

KS4 and post-16 resources

Ease new GCSE students into writing more complex essays with this help sheet and peer-assessment chart, specifically based on assessing pupils’ comprehension of Roman and Medieval medicine. 

Or, why not use this simple test, which would also be useful later in the year for revision, to find out how much students have understood about the causes of the French Revolution through a mixture of multiple-choice and short essay-style questions.

Alternatively, make sure that learners have understood the origins of the Cold War, and which nations were at fault, by completing this summary sheet.

Finally, pick from one of four comprehensive assessments* on Nazi Germany and use these questions to help students practise how to explain their subject knowledge in a style that suits the exam paper.

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