What is history?

Last updated: 10/05/2022
Contributor: Teachit Author
What is history? unit
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What is History?: Transition resources
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Teaching pack

What is history? is a set of eight lessons for year 7 students, designed to introduce them to the concepts underpinning history and to its importance.

Each lesson addresses a different concept – chronology, enquiry, evidence, causation, change, diversity, significance and interpretation – and comprises a starter, several development activities and a plenary. Suggestions for differentiation, extension tasks and homework tasks are also included.

Tasks include role-play, source analysis, debate tasks, group discussion and living graphs.

Key features:

  • eight lessons, each with an accompanying PowerPoint
  • 14 printable resources
  • suggestions for differentiation, extension and homework.

This sample shows a student activity from the What is history? teaching pack.

Ideas for historically significant people


Ideas for historically significant events

William Shakespeare

Florence Nightingale


Battle of Hastings

The English Civil War

Nelson Mandela



Invention of the printing press

World War 1

Elizabeth I

Winston Churchill


Fall of the Roman Empire

Atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki

Martin Luther King

Marie Curie


The Black Death

Invention of the internet

The Queen



Discovery of penicillin

Invention of television

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