Posts Tagged ‘British history’

Teach British History with 100 Objects

June 22nd, 2017


It’s Thursday, June 22, 2017, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

Teaching History with 100 Objects


Age Range: 6-14 (Grades 1-9, with parental supervision)


Using 100 objects from museums in England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales and from the British Museum, this website strives to help teachers to teach “the new national history curriculum in England.” But nonresidents of England can reap the benefits of this website as well as it provides a wonderfully unique way to explore British history.

On the home page, there are several ways to begin exploring the objects. Items can be sorted and displayed by: 

  • Key Stages – in the US these are like grade levels (approximate equivalents are: KS1 = 1-2, KS2 = 3-6, KS3 = 7-9)
  • History curriculum topic – Events, people, time periods
  • Date – specific time frames
  • Places – include Africa, Americas, Asia, Britain, Europe, Oceania
  • Theme – Beliefs and ideas, Conflict, Empires, Rules and rulers, Social and personal life, Technology and arts, and Trade and contact

You can use a combination of these search methods to narrow the selections down. Once you have input your desired search selections, images of all available objects meeting that criteria will populate on the page. Select the object image and the page will open. On the object page, there will be a larger image of the item, a brief description and much more information about the object including where it was from, what period, culture, what material it was made from, its dimensions and more. Use the right-hand sidebar menu to dig deeper by selecting: 

  • About the object – more in-depth details about the item
  • A bigger picture – explanation of the objects purpose and similar items
  • Teaching ideas – ways to use the item to explore history
  • For the classroom – Download the image and related images and find links to activities.

All the items have downloadable PDFs of all the information and images for the objects.

Add this website to your “go-to” list for British history.

Learn History through Poetry

December 8th, 2016


It’s Thursday, December 8, 2016, and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!


Recommended Website:

History for Kids


Age Range: 6-13 (Grades 1-8, with parental supervision)


Use the fun poems found at this ad-supported website from author S.K. Dinning to help your students remember various history stories.

Review the home page for information about the site and how to use it. Use the left-hand side bar menu to select from the history topic of interest: 

  • Ancient History
  • Middle Ages
  • British History
  • American History
  • Myths & Legends
  • Pirates

Once you have selected your topic, visitors will find a selection of titles that when clicked on take you to the poem. Included on each page are either a timeline of history facts or other interesting facts.

Also, using the right-hand menu, visitors will find some “Colouring” pages, suggested history board games and books, interviews with other writers, a gallery of artwork by kids, and some silly history jokes.

If you are looking for lighthearted ways to add some fun to your history studies, you will most certainly enjoy this website.

Castles & Medieval Life!

September 26th, 2013

Hi! It’s Thursday, September 26, 2013 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website: Castles &Medieval Life

Age Range: 6-10 (about grades 1-5, with adult supervision)

ClickScholar Fran suggested this website that provides a kind of virtual tour of a castle through colorful illustrations and text that explain every room or area including:

  • The Great Chamber
  • The Great Hall
  • The Chapel
  • The Drawbridge and Portcullis
  • The Storeroom and Armory    
  • The Keep or Great Tower
  • The Kitchen
  • The Dungeon
  • The Battlements
  • And more!

When you’re through learning about castle structure, head to the “Castles and Medieval Life Resource Center” on this site that contains links to information, games, and interactives about British history, castles, knights, the coat of arms, tapestries, medieval times, and castle defense including catapults, trebuchets, battering rams and more!  (Note: Some of the links lead to error messages, but don’t get discouraged.  Keep clicking on menu items and you’ll be rewarded with fun learning resources for your kids.)

Incredible History Game for Kids!

February 9th, 2012

Hi!  It’s Thursday, February 9, 2012 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
BBC: History for Kids

Age Range: 8-14 (fun for everyone, with parental supervision)

ClickScholar Cie reminded me that the BBC offers one of the most engaging history websites on the Net. They have archived all kinds of free, multi-media, interactive games that teach about famous historical events and people in world history while they entertain.

When you get to the site you’ll see a menu that includes:

*Ancient History – Play games that teach about Ancient Egypt, Ancient Greece, the Iron Age, Vikings, and more. Can you resist the “Mummy Maker Game” in which you prepare a body for burial?

*World History – Learn the importance of world cultures including Africa, China, India, Mesopotamia, and South America. Find out how the Aztecs created a double-headed serpent, meet the first emperor of China, and explore the Indus Valley.

*British History – Play games to learn about The Battle of Hastings, the Tudors, the Victorian era, and run a city at the height of The Industrial Revolution.

You’ll also find games that teach about the history of England, Northern Ireland, Scotland, and Wales. And click on “Hands on History” to build your own castle or create your own cave art!

Bookmark this site to return often!


BBC History Virtual Tours

February 3rd, 2011

Hi!  It’s Thursday, February 3, 2011 and time for Social Sciences at ClickSchooling!

Recommended Website:
BBC History Virtual Tours

Age Range: 9 and up (with parental supervision; younger children may enjoy aspects)

This is another great resource from the BBC. It is filled with free, multi-media virtual tours that are themed around Ancient History, British History, and World Wars.

When you get to the site you will see a menu of the tours and their brief summaries including:

*Viking Age Farm Virtual Tour – See an ancient farm that was excavated in the 1970s.

*Endeavour Virtual Tour – Step onboard Captain Cook’s ship to explore a piece of maritime history.

*London Bridge Virtual Tour – See how the bridge would have looked in 1540.

*Windsor Castle Virtual Tour – This castle was the hub of key events in the history of England. It’s been a fortress, palace, prison, barracks to a lunatic asylum, country house, and museum.

*World War One Trench Virtual Tour – Experience conditions for the soldiers of World War One.

Click on any one of interest and see panoramas and 3D models of reconstructions of various historical events along with computer generated historical voyages. 



Diane Flynn Keith
for ClickSchooling

Virtual Field Trip

December 10th, 1999

Hi! Today is Friday and it’s time for a Virtual Field Trip to The Tower of London. This site is appropriate for all ages. When you get to the site, dedicated to the memory of Diana, Princess of Wales, scroll to the bottom of the page to find buttons to click to begin the tour. You can take the regular public tour, or a tour designed for kids — guided by the Tower’s resident bird — a Raven. (The kid’s tour is designed for young children. There are also links to sites with puzzles and games, etc., on the kids site.)

You can also click buttons to get a detailed history of the Tower and its role in British history. There are maps and stunning pictures as well. There are pictures of castles and links to other castles too! This would be a great site for those studying the Middle Ages.

Enjoy your trip!

Diane Keith
Homefires~The Journal of Homeschooling