Extend learning in the history classroom

Lesson ideas, activities and discussion to propel higher-ability history students

Sian Evans

History,secondary History,stretch & Challenge,gifted & Talented, Extend Learning, Ks3 History, Ks4 History

Resources to help early finishers to develop their critical thinking skills

Regardless of which historical period is being studied, there are always opportunities to think more deeply and inquisitively about how and why the events of the past have been interpreted in particular ways. 

From sparking discussion to critically analysing sources, we’ve gathered a range of resources to encourage learners to question the facts and opinions that make up history.

KS3 resources

Expand pupils’ historical questioning and inference skills using this thought-provoking extension activity, asking students to consider whether rubbish in a dustbin can be a source.  In light of this, encourage learners to adopt an open-minded approach to interpreting sources in this feudal system lesson, designed to push higher-level thinking about how these societal structures are often presented.

Ensure early finishers make the most out of each lesson by setting them a task from this comprehensive collection*, which gets them thinking about broad historical questions and engaging in creative writing exercises.

KS4 and post-16 resources

Try this minute-by-minute extension exercise to effectively explain the nature of hyperinflation in the Weimar Republic and encourages pupils to come up with creative solutions.

Why not promote independent learning with your older students by suggesting they use any spare time in a lesson to create their own revision content using this editable table template?  

Finally, inspire future historians to perfect their debating skills with help from this slave trade topic guide, containing summaries of contemporary debates, topical new items and an extensive bibliography.

Quick links 

KS3 resources KS4 and post-16 resources
Source-analysis activity Minute-by-minute hyperinflation exercise
Feudal system enquiry lesson Editable table template
Comprehensive collection* Slave trade debating topic guide

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