End-of-term activities for history

Victoria Haughton
04th July 2017
sunglasses on table during fun history summer activity

Mysteries, board games and interactive lessons to help you make the most of the last history lessons of the academic year

With the holidays just around the corner, there are only a few precious weeks of teaching left. To help you keep those last few lessons fresh and engaging, we’ve hand-picked a selection of our favourite team quizzes, stand-alone lessons and activities, guaranteed to help cement a love of history among your students.

Games and quizzes

For the ultimate end-of-year kick, try this fun pub-style quiz, jam-packed with questions spanning across hundreds of years of history. For an equally enjoyable group activity, get pupils racing around the classroom to collect information on the rise of Nazis in this historical bingo task.

Take a step back in time and recap ancient world medicine with this themed Monopoly game, in which students must accumulate enough wealth to survive the latest epidemic. Then why not travel forward a few hundred years to assess the effectiveness of James’ I kingship using this successes and failures activity?

Super-Fun Pub Quiz

Add some spice to your revisions with minimal effort, all resources required are attached! Maximise this revision session by allowing pupils to test their knowledge in a group atmosphere. Encourage students to create their own historically relevant team name and choose their joker round in advance. A final Historical 'Who am I' is played at the end of the general quiz, give some sort of incentive for the first person to get the correct answer. Keywords: revision, castles, Battle of Hastings, Stamford Bridge, William the Conqueror
By ccking

Team Bingo: Rise of the Nazis

Pupils race to collect answers from their classmates and finish first.
By hsteach

Ancient Medicine: Monopoly Revision Game

A game based loosely on the board game. This activity is an engaging method of revisiting key elements of Medicine in the Ancient World. It comes complete with rules, guidance and easy to cut out currency. Prior to playing this game my own classes have completed a research project into the Ancient World either in class at the end of Year 9 or as a homework project prior to beginning their GCSE study of medicine through time. The project booklet is included in this package, though is available as a free resource from my resource list.

By dmoorhouse

King James I

Students are to play the board game and write down James success and weakness to judge whether James was a good or bad King.
By nizz

One-off lessons ideas

With Blind Date back on our TV screens, take a leaf out of Cilla’s book and allow students to play matchmaker for Elizabeth I in this interactive lesson. Alternatively, get them to imagine they are the British Prime Minister and make decisions based on the real-life scenarios faced by the Allied Forces as part of this Second World War strategy task.

History is full mysterious deaths and now it's time for your pupils to investigate a few. Delve into a case from over 600 years ago with this medieval lesson pack, in which learners assess evidence and submit a written report of their conclusions. Then, stretch their CSI detective skills with this activity based on the famous Princes in the Tower mystery.​

The Ultimate World War Two Decision Making Game

Can your students defeat the Axis Powers? Can they make the right decisions to win the war? Can they do a better job than Chamberlain and Churchill?

In this unique resource, students have the opportunity to study the real scenarios facing the allied commanders between 1939 and 1945. Playing the role of the British Prime Minister, the decisions they make could change the whole direction of the war!

The activity pack contains more than 10 historically accurate and detailed scenarios which play out one after the other. They include; The German invasion of Poland, the battle of France, the battle of Norway, the German and Italian invasion of Greece, the Dieppe Raid, Operation Torch, the battle of El Alamein and D Day. Students will go wherever their decisions take them with more than 45 different paths. They will pick up leadership points along the way and at the end, decide who was the best wartime leader! As a teacher, you can finish the process by looking at what really happened.

The activity supports historical enquiry by asking students to make decisions whilst providing the context around each event.

Teaching suggestion -

Print a number of copies of each sheet (perhaps print A5 to reduce printing costs!) 
Place "all the 1's" together in one pile at the front of room, all the 2's, all the 3's and so on. You can distribute appropriate sheets from there.
Give students scenario 1 in groups. Students can move on whenever they make each decision. If they win/lose the war half way through, they can still carry on through all the other decisions.
Create a leadership points table on the board to kee track of how each team is doing and create an element of competition.
By FGB1701

Medievial Murder Mystery; Life in the Middle Ages

This lesosn focuses around the idea that a body has been found in Windsor, with three possible causes - the Black Death, War or Murder Using the packs of worksheets provided the pupils must figure out how Victim A died and submit their evidence in the report.
By CourtneyOakes9

Princes in the Tower Richard III Murder Mystery

A CSI murder mystery lesson for the princes in the tower linking Richard III and Henry VII. Please leave feedback/comments as I am a non-specialist history teacher.
By beth2505

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