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Key Stage 3 Workshops

From the struggle for the vote to the slave trade, 4Schools has an exciting secondary History programme. Look at our programme of workshops below, or explore online teaching resources for Key Stage 3 or Key Stage 4.

Art

Modern Art History

Lets talk about modern art. Most people say that their child could make it, but how do we understand it. This session delves in to art history, how art movements influenced each other and how some of the greatest artist started. Learn how to read modern art using your observation skills, critique it and see how you feel about it afterwards.

Half day Oriental Museum, Palace Green Library or Outreach in your school.

Citizenship

Nationalities and diversity

Defining National Identities

What does it mean to be British? These resources focus on how national identities emerge and whether they have any validity by comparing Britain to Vietnam, a country that has 54 officially recognised nationalities.

National Curriculum link: Diversity

Bespoke, Outreach in your school.

History

The Normans

The Normans in Durham

The Normans certainly made their presence felt in Durham, building the Castle and the Cathedral. During this visit pupils will get the chance to explore Durham Castle in the morning and in the afternoon focus on how the Normans enforced their rule, considering why Durham and other places in the North East do not appear in the Domesday Survey.

National Curriculum link: Development of church, state and society in Medieval Britain, 1066-1509

Bespoke Palace Green Library

Charters

Magna Carta and other charters

Magna Carta was one of many charters issued by the monarch and other key figures in medieval Britain. Find out more about this iconic document and the impact they had on people.

National Curriculum link: Development of church, state and society in Medieval Britain, 1066-1509

Bespoke Palace Green Library, Outreach in your school.

Keeping the Faith

The Tudors: Revolt, Reformation and Revolution

The period of Reformation and Counter-Reformation was a turbulent time. In this session the students work with different sources to consider how people expressed their faith.

National Curriculum link: Development of church, state and society in Medieval Britain, 1509-1745

Bespoke Palace Green Library, Outreach in your school.

Civil War

The English Civil War

The English Civil War was fought as much in print as it was on the battlefield. This session uses pamphlets, books and other surviving material to consider its causes and the impact it had on the North East of England.

National Curriculum link: Development of church, state and society in Medieval Britain, 1509-1745

Bespoke Palace Green Library

Jacobite Rebellions

Supporting the Stuarts: the Jacobite Rebellions

Using a variety of sources, the students focus on the impact of the Jacobite Rebellions in the North East.

National Curriculum link: Development of church, state and society in Medieval Britain, 1509-1745

Bespoke Palace Green Library

Remembering Slavery

This session focuses on the transatlantic slave trade, during which your pupils will interact with primary sources and artefacts. They will also have the opportunity to take the part of a slave on our life-sized print of a slave ship. The workshop can be delivered to a single class or a whole year group.

Bespoke Palace Green Library or Outreach in your school.

Political reform

The Struggle for the Vote

Using a range of primary sources, this workshop focuses on key episodes in the long struggle for emancipation: 1832, 1867 and votes for women.

National Curriculum link: Ideas, political power, industry and empire, 1745-1901

Bespoke Palace Green Library

First World War

The First World War

Some people believe that life for the average soldier in the First World War was unrelentingly awful, forced to fight on the orders of incompetent generals in terrible conditions only to see their comrades fall in futile attempts to win hopeless battles. Others take a different view. They argue that life was not all bad, that there were high points as well as low points and that, in the end, the war was won by the Allies. The session uses primary source material to examine what life was really like on the Western Front. Pupils will also get the chance to explore our handling collection.

National Curriculum link: Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world, 1901 to present day

Bespoke Palace Green Library, Outreach in your school.

Books

What is a Book?

Designed as an extra-curricular activity to challenge students. This session asks them to determine what the essential ingredients of a book are before considering what books and manuscripts can tell us. It also includes the opportunity to try writing with quills, printing and finding out how books are made.

Bespoke Palace Green Library

Religious Education

Oriental Museum

Comparative World Religions

The collections of the Oriental Museum can be used to study religions from across the globe including Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Jainism. This session encourages students to learn more about different faiths through their artwork and other objects associated with them.

Bespoke Oriental Museum

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Featured resources

Remembering slavery

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Crime and punishment in Durham

1750 - 1900

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What was it like to fight in the Battle of the Somme?

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