How the Huge History Lesson can help you teach historical enquiry skills
We were delighted to see the variety of entries to the Huge History Lesson competition. Well done to all the entrants! It was really inspiring to see so many teachers supporting their students in creative object-led enquiries, especially given so many were able to take pupils to visit local museums as part of their project.
But we don't want it to stop there, so we've put some handy links below to inspire and support your teaching and development of historical enquiry skills.
Inspiring videos, poetry and presentations
The newly-updated Huge History Lesson website has a wealth of materials to encourage pupils to actively investigate artefacts from the past.
Start by taking a look at the videos from Lavender Pond Home Education Group and Chulmleigh Community College, who were runners-up in the competition with their entries on the Hackney logboat and Tivvy Bumper. You can also download St Nicholas House School's runner-up presentation about their historical enquiry, which focused on an Anglo-Saxon boat.
The winning entry from Coopers Edge School in Gloucester was all about a Typhoon fighter plane from their local museum. You can watch their original entry, as well as the eight-minute special (above) filmed with historian Dan Snow, on the Huge History site too.
One of the highlights from the launch of the Huge History Lesson competition was George the Poet's captivating response to the Benin Bronzes. Ideal for older pupils, it's guaranteed to encourage even the most reluctant of students to consider historical enquiry in a different light.
Resources to support you in the classroom
Don't forget, we published two blog posts with ideas on how to introduce historical enquiry at both primary and secondary level. Plus, we also wrote a special post to highlight the British Museum's Teaching History with a 100 Objects resources, where we picked eight historical artefacts that could easily be incorporated into your teaching.
You can also empower students to explore historical enquiry independently using this step-by-step guide.