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Civil War Ciphers
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Civil War Ciphers

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A resource exploring the history of text ciphers, focusing on those used during the English Civil War. Pupils decode and use actual ciphers used during the Civil War and drawn from the collections of the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford.
Build a Body : Vesalius, dissection & anatomy
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Build a Body : Vesalius, dissection & anatomy

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This resource enables students to build their own anatomical model based on the ones included in Andreas Vesalius groundbreaking 1543 work Epitome. This was a shortened version of his 700-page De humani corporis fabrica, an atlas of the human body based on Vesalius’ own postmortem dissections. The Epitome included teaching illustrations rendered in painstaking detail made from direct observation, giving readers a revelatory insight into the reality of human anatomy. Vesalius included the revolutionary feature of paper manikins that readers could cut out an assemble. He intended these to reveal the three-dimensional complexity of the body, and the relationship between organs, in a similar way to that uncovered through the process of dissection. This simplified self-assembly model is reproduced in the same style as the original, using Vesalius’ illustrations. The accompanying questions prompt students to consider the significance of the models in their historical context.
Was Euler Right? A Maths Investigation
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Was Euler Right? A Maths Investigation

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The Mathematician Leonhard Euler proposed that all convex polyhedrons followed a simple rule: Vertices + Faces - Edges = 2. In this investigation, children build a series of regular polyhedrons and use them to test Euler’s hypothesis. The bundle includes nets for the first five regular polyhedrons and and investigation sheet, explaining the hypothesis and providing a table for children to enter their results and space to record their conclusion. This resource was originally produced to accompany the Bodleian Libraries’ ‘Thinking 3D’ exhibition. It has been tried and tested with school groups as well as in events for the general public.
EPQ Study Skills
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EPQ Study Skills

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A suite of presentations to support the teaching of study skills and developed as part of the popular OxLibris programme from The Bodleian Libraries. Designed for sixth form students researching for their Extended Project Qualification (EPQ), these resources are applicable to anyone tackling academic research for the first time. Topics include: Effective online research Evaluating online resources Using Cornell Notes Avoiding Plagiarism Referencing your sources These resources are provided freely to schools by The Bodleian Libraries and were created through the generous support of the Helen Hamlyn Trust.
Creating 3D: Techniques to create the illusion of depth in 2D media
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Creating 3D: Techniques to create the illusion of depth in 2D media

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Creating 3D is a series of activities exploring techniques artists use to create the illusion of three dimensional depth on a flat page: Overlap Relative Size One Point Perspective Shade and Shadow Each resource can be used as a standalone activity within a lesson, or combined to form a sequence in order to build a progression of techniques. The final activity challenges pupils to draw a room using one-point perspective and the other techniques they have learned. These resources were originally produced for use in school workshops for the Thinking 3D exhibition t the Bodleian Libraries, Oxford. The exhibition explored the influence of Leonardo da Vinci and his contemporaries on how people thought about and represented three dimensions in art, architecture, anatomy, astronomy and geometry. We have now made them available online for teachers to use in school.
Moments in Medicine
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Moments in Medicine

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A suite of free resources to support the teaching of medicine and public health topics in GCSE History. Each resource focuses on a key primary source from the collections of the Bodleian Libraries in Oxford. Contextual information enables students to explore the historical significance of each source. Questions provide an opportunity for students to explain the importance of the document to the development of public health. These resources were produced and are made available through the generosity of the Helen Hamlyn Trust. List of resources The Canon of Medicine (Ibn Sina) Medieval Herbarium from the Abbey of Bury St Edmunds Medieval Uroscopy Pharmacopoeia Londinensis Micrographia (Robert Hooke) The Pisse Prophet (Thomas Brian) Communication of Cholera (John Snow) The Antiseptic System (Joseph Lister) The New National Health Service (Ministry of Health, 1948) New for 2021-22 A Letter to recommend in and out patients (St George’s Hospital, 1848) Notice of the Requirement of Vaccination (1897) Polio vaccination poster (Ministry of Health, 1958)**
Locke Unlocked
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Locke Unlocked

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A set of student resources and teacher notes to support the teaching of 6 key philosophical ideas from John Locke’s An Essay Concerning Human Understanding (1689). No Innate Ideas Molyneux’s Problem Primary and Secondary Qualities Abstract Ideas Substance and Substratum Personal Identity These resources support philosophical understanding and provide a range of activity suggestions teachers can choose from or adapt.