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SMSC Newsletter - Focus on History


Welcome back to a new school year, ironically we’re looking at History in this month’s SMSC Newsletter.

I loved compiling this month's newsletter -  I’m fascinated by history.  It's been done in Key Stages and I've tried to stay away from the usual resource websites.  As you will see on our Newsletter Grid spiritual, moral, social and cultural accents are woven evenly through every part of our history. Click on the Filter View icon and choose History in the Subject menu, then apply to see the related activities.

Primary Key Stage 1


The Great Fire of London

Things you may not know about the Great Fire of London.  And an account from the London Fire Brigade (not that they were there of course.


Who's Famous?

Famous People in Britain - a time-lined list of famous historical figures including biographical details.


Researching Local History

This link will take you to your local council archives where the research can begin.  and this link will allow free research of UK Census from 1911 back to 1841.


Who could forget Dinosaurs?

This size comparison video is well worth a watch and there are others to choose from on the same page.


The History of Gridmaker


Ten years ago when Enterprise education was part of the curriculum and had to be evidenced, Daniel O’Brien, Director of TDK Business Technologies programmed and created Gridmaker as a way of monitoring and evidencing Enterprise.

As schools became more aware, they started asking if it could evidence more than just Enterprise and so Gridmaker was expanded to a multi-grid system which included Work Related Learning, Personal Learning and Thinking Skills and Building Learning Power to name a few.

Then in 2011, Ofsted started to focus on SMSC as an integral part of the inspection process and the rest, as they say is history.  Today Gridmaker is in more than 1,000 schools across the Country monitoring and evidencing SMSC, British Values and PSHE, however, because it is so versatile, many schools have different Grids for different purposes at their request.

Gridmaker not only monitors SMSC and British Values, it highlights gaps in provision, provides a bank of evidence which can be shown to parents, Governors and Ofsted and is a record of successful activities which can be referenced for forward planning.  An added bonus to all this?  It takes one minute to add an activity!  

Visit our website to discover Gridmaker for yourself.


Primary Key Stage 2


Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age, I think we've speeded up our advancement since then.


What did the Romans do for us?

The answer is, a lot and this site covers all aspects of Roman life


The Anglo Saxon Chronicle

Translated into english with more information at the bottom of the page. Scroll down and click on a date.



The Vikings are coming!

Another great page with links to related topics


Secondary Key Stage 3 & 4


Conquests and Castles

Ten interesting facts about the Normans


Prithee Read On ...........


Some of the more obscure facts about Medieval England. As an added bonus,  some information about the existence of dragons through history.

iAbacus for SMSC

Magna Carta or should that be Magna Carta’s

See number 9 for a Winston Churchill reference.  I Love History!


Conflict between Church and State

I looked at a lot of video explanations and stopped them after a few  seconds, this is about the best (7.05 minutes).


The Black Death

This is definitely a part of our history that makes me appreciate modern medicine!  I thought chicken pox was bad enough but Eeeeew!


Sir Winston Churchill

There is so much information out there about this great man.       Here’s a selection. (No. 6 will appeal), and a wonderful article about Winston Churchill’s part in WWII.  Finally his 'Fight them on the beaches' speech


iAbacus, 40 years in the making


Self evaluation has a formula - where are we now and where do we want to be. There are many ways to self evaluate, some are time consuming and illogical.

iAbacus is the culmination of 40 years experience working with schools, the local education authority and the DfE and John Pearce is the brainchild. Between them, Dan O’Brien and John have created a simple and effective online self evaluation process which includes improvement planning that works to evaluate anything or anyone.

In this short (3.41) video John Pearce explains iAbacus and its process and as he says, a free trial is available, right now!


On my journey across history on the internet I found these gems as well.

This one will probably be useful for everyone - significant dates in British history

A fascinating peek into the history of our capital city. 

A History of Women’s Rights

This site is full of five minute video biographies.


Places to Visit


Archaeological Sites across our Country


Westminster Abbey - Burial place of over 3000 famous historical figures.


World War II - a chance to explore its history.


Details of Dinosaurs in the Wild Tour


and finally ..................


Who could forget the Horrible Histories books by Terry Deary. They might have some of the grossest facts in history but they are always a good read.  (Yes, I've read them all)!


Bye for now

Tricia Cadman - T: 0115 942 8912 E:

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Nick Robinson,
27 Sep 2018, 07:46