Archive for December, 2009
I recently read ‘A little history of the world’ by E.H. Gombrich and can heartily recommend it to anyone interested in history. Originally written for his young niece in the 1930s, ‘little history’ provides a great overview of the development of mankind. It is written with passion and sensitivity. It tells a story about civilisation and gives a broader sense of history beyond the recent obsessions with Hitler, Stalin, war and destruction. When talking of the Spanish conquistadores, Gombrich steers us away from horror like some kindly uncle, explaining ‘this chapter in the history of mankind is so shameful to us Europeans that I would rather not say anything more about it’. From anyone else, such a statement might be seen as ‘coy’. But with Gombrich all is sincerity. He inspires in his reader a sense of wonder at man’s achievements, an affinity with those who lived in the past, and a respect for humanity:
‘They were people just like us. Often unkind to one another. Often cruel and deceitful. Sadly, so are we. But even then a mother might sacrifice her life for her child and friends might die for each other. No more but also no less often than people today. And how could it be otherwise?’
I really can’t recommend it enough. Click on the picture to follow a link to Amazon, alternatively if you are a student at Little Heath we have two copies of the book in the school library.
‘Brilliant, irresistible: a wonderful surprise’ Philip Pullman
Revision videos and games are now online for the first two key questions. Revision videos for the other key questions will appear through the Spring. In the meantime, notes and activities can be accessed for these questions through the Little Heath School Elizabethan History web page.
I have now re-uploaded the Civil War resources including ‘to kill a king’ and ‘the axe falls’. I have also taken the opportunity to improve some of the activities. In particular, the ‘kill a king’ page now has a powerpoint extension activity to encourage students to become confident in understanding the arguments for and against the execution of King Charles.
I have gathered together a series of links to BBC resources to help students to revise for the OCR Paper 2 exam in the summer. These include short video clips from the excellent BBC learning zone archive, as well as links to BBC Bitesize notes. They can be found here.
The site itself is starting to come together again. One issue I have found is with font size. However, if you take your mouse to the top right of the window it gives the option to increase or decrease this. I think the next big project will be on Mandela and apartheid – after all, it is our new controlled assessment!
The GCSE revision pages are now back online, as are the Elizabethan history videos. More resources should reappear over the next week.