Thought-provoking historical projects

Sian Evans & Tara Wright
04th July 2019
books used in secondary history project

Inspire inquisitive minds to investigate a variety of historical periods with these captivating project ideas

With the end of term almost in sight, projects are a great way to keep your classes engaged while acquiring new knowledge and developing important skills. Whether they are used to introduce unfamiliar historical periods or explore one in more detail, this collection of imaginative project ideas has the power to get students of all ages and abilities thinking more deeply.

KS3 resources

Fun Castle Project

Building a model castle can be lots of fun. In fact many of you may have already built a castle. From Lego castles to sand castles to visiting castles. This terms project is going to be all about castle building. Ideal activity worksheet to introduce the project as well as final assessment mark sheet to grade the castle. Ideal for KS2 and or 3.


• 1. DESIGN: To find out what you know about castles and castle design.
• 2. PLAN: To help you start planning your second term castle projects.
• 3. BUILD: To find out what resources you might need to build a model castle (materials, time, research etc…).
• 4. MARK: To agree on how your castle projects should be assessed (marked).
By bmchinchen

Inspirational People Research Project

A short topic used with Y9 humanities students to consider what makes people from history come to be regarded as 'inspirational' - and to then conduct their own research into an inspirational figure. At the end, students present their research and hold a vote to decide on the most inspirational.
By Matt Grant

World War I Research and Project Based Task Cards

Included in this download are 40 Project Based Task Cards.
These task cards will enable students to critically evaluate ideas, arguments, points of view and develop into autonomous thinkers.
It is only through self-research and critical evaluation that students can learn how to analyze and critically evaluate arguments. This resource helps them to develop a sound framework to test their own arguments and advance their own points of view. These task cards include simple questions, a background topic and suggested questions they should look at to interpret and/or analyse. These task cards include simple questions, a background topic and suggested questions they should look at to interpret and/or analyse.
Suitable for Upper KS2/KS3/KS4

By PollyPuddleduck

KS3 Yr9 Conspiracy Theories Analysis of Evidence

This is a 5 week SOW we did with our Year 9s as an independent research project into conspiracy theories. After L1/L2 students work independently to write up an assignment using their own found evidence as to how reliable their chosen conspiracy theory is. Students really enjoyed this unit and very effective in developing their research skills. Students provided with 3 options of writing frames
By rimmel55

French Revolution Interactive Timeline Project

French Revolution Interactive Timeline Project

Your students will be engaged in this fun and interactive activity. Students will create an interactive Timeline of the major events of the French Revolution using No need for a textbook, links to information and a video are included!
By ChalkDustDiva

Holocaust Research Project Complete Pack


This bundle is a complete pack of resources which assists teachers and students to research various ways in which different people reacted to the Nazi regime and produce a report which fully investigates the chosen topic.

Aim of this research:
Teaching Holocaust history demands a high level of sensitivity and awareness of the complexity of the subject matter. It is hoped that this research project will provide your students with a clearer understanding of the Holocaust as a story for all of humanity and will encourage them to think critically about important issues and values not only within the historical context of the Holocaust, but also in contemporary society.

The structure of the research project:
This project is an ideal activity to be used at the end of the unit 'Exploring the Holocaust’ and it is structured in three parts. It is designed to be used over a number of weeks and it is flexible in that you can choose how much time to spend on each section.

In Part 1, Beginning to investigate, students identify the five topics they can choose from and they are given guidelines on how to write the report and to gather basic information about their topic.

In Part 2, Investigating–class time, students choose one aspect of the Holocaust, research from a website and make notes about key points, write up their findings, reflect on what they have read and written, and present their projects.

In Part 3, Celebrating success, students peer- and self-assess the projects, reflect on their learning and celebrate success.

At the end of this topic you can celebrate students’ success with one of these certificates.

If you would like more information about the bundle content, you can watch a video showcase here.

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KS4 and post-16 resources

The trial of Guy Fawkes

This lesson serves to act as a case study to help students answer the question: 'What does this source tell you about the attitude of the authorities to the crime of treason?' We focus on why the authorities felt threatened in the 16th and 17th centuries? Some sources come from the National Archives an excellent resource which is a good place to start for the source exercise.
By buxtocl

Jack The Ripper: Historian as Detective

A multipurpose lesson (or two or three) that acquaints students with the basic principles of historical methodology. The powerpoint asks and answers key questions on the Ripper case while the handout engages the students in a series of tasks that challenges them and embeds historical skills. The questions increase in difficulty from questions on primary and secondary sources to cross-referencing and finally historical research.
By jcoller

Research projects- Crime and Punishment

Research projects for crime and punishment including transportation, creation of police, prisons and capital punishment. Used for A Level preparation for coursework but can be used for GSCE
By carlybidwell

WW2 cross-curricular codebreaking project

A bit of maths and history all bundled together. A project that goes a bit off piste from the National Currciulum, but encourages students to realise the value of resilience and perseverence when solving mathematical problems. We taught it over a couple of lessons to the whole of y8. There is a range of resources suitable for low to high attainers. Get maths and history teachers working together to deliver it!
By chk242

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