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History: Assessment for Learning

This section of the site is being developed to include assessment tasks, recording methods and different opinions on how to assess different aspects of historical skills.

Teachers are encouraged to contribute their own assessment tasks to this section, the more that is openly available to teachers, the better. We can all benefit from sharing resources and ideas.

Assessment Material for use in the classroom

This section is sub-divided into: Assessment for Learning tools - Year 7 Assessments - Year 8 Assessments - Year 9 Assessments - GCSE Assessments and Record keeping resources

Assessment for Learning tools

History Learning Goals Wide range of targets and marking comments. Submitted by Mr S Drew.
Student Friendly level descriptions (levels 1-3)

The NC levels for history rephrased for ease of access for students.

Ideal for printing off and displaying in your department.

Submitted by W Bradley.

Student Friendly level descriptions Levels 4-6
Student Friendly level descriptions Levels 7 and 8
Use of Sources A range of 'I can' statements for students to use when self assessing their work.Submitted by W Bradley.
Octopus! This resource has been highly praised by inspectors, submitted by Mr Dyson it's uses can be seen on this thread of the teachers forum.
How to do well in history. Taken from a number of sources this sheet provides students with a range of practical tips on how to succeed in History. A useful reference point for students and teachers.
Learning ladder An excellent powerpoint presentation devised by Roy Huggins. This clearly illustrates the way in which pupils can progress.
AS Level Marking Grid Quickly ideitify the areas of strength and weakness in an answer using this marking grid.
GCSE AfL statements Useful statements to help pupils understand their strengths and weaknesses. This relates to deployment of knowledge. Submitted by L Buxton
GCSE AfL statements Building on the above resource this document clearly llustrates what pupils need to do to progress in each of the assessed elements of the examination. Submitted by L Buxton 

Year 7

Battle of Hastings - information sheet Submitted by Mrs. Scott, Challenge College, Bradford.
Battle of Hastings - assessment task Submitted by Mrs. Scott, Challenge College, Bradford.
Chronology Submitted by Mrs. Scott, Challenge College, Bradford.
King John Submitted by Mrs. Scott, Challenge College, Bradford.
Changes in medieval Times Submitted by Mrs. Scott, Challenge College, Bradford.
Year 7 recording sheet Submitted by Mrs. Scott, Challenge College, Bradford.
Castles Submitted by Mrs. Scott, Challenge College, Bradford.
Year 7 - Changes and continuity Submitted by Mrs. Scott, Challenge College, Bradford.
Year 7 - Causation Submitted by Mrs. Scott, Challenge College, Bradford.
Year 7 recording sheet Submitted by Mrs. Scott, Challenge College, Bradford.
Year 7 Churches Submitted by Mr Lyndon - Publisher File
Year 7 baseline assessment A baseline assessment for use with Year 7 students. Submitted by L Buxton
Teachers' guide Teachers' pack for the above assessment. Submitted by L Buxton
Battle of Hastings An incredibly useful resource for teachers assessing students on the Battle of Hastings. Submitted by Mr Browning
Battle of Hastings 2 Excellent for target setting. This sheet breaks levels down into student friendly chunks. Submitted by Mr Browning.
What is history? A formative and very simple assessment aimed at lower attainers in Year 7.

Year 8

Elizabeth I Submitted by Mrs. Scott, Challenge College, Bradford.
Elizabeth I - mark scheme Submitted by Mrs. Scott, Challenge College, Bradford.
Year 8 Civil War Submitted by Mr Lyndon - Publisher File
Trial and Execution Assessment exercise on the trial and Execution of King Charles I. Submitted by R Huggins.
Mark Scheme Marking guidance for the above assessment activity. Submitted by R Huggins.

Year 9

Year 9 World War One Submitted by Mr Lyndon - Publisher File
Year 9 Suffragettes Submitted by Mr Lyndon - Publisher File

GCSE

Feedback Sheet This sheet clearly shows students why they have been allocated marks and provides them with direction for improvement.
KS4 target setting
A fantastic resource submitted by Mr Dyson. This sheet sets out different grade boundaries succinctly and clearly explains what students need to do to attain a higher grade. Outstanding.
Marking comments (KS4) A selection of very clear and constructive comments that can be put on labels to make marking easier and more constructive. A very valuable download, again provided by Mr Dyson.
History Coursework Submitted by L Buxton
The Final Solution A source based assessment on the Holocaust.
Islamic Medicine Assesses students knowledge and understanding of medicine in the early Islamic empire.
GCSE AfL statements Useful statements to help pupils understand their strengths and weaknesses. This relates to deployment of knowledge. Submitted by L Buxton
GCSE AfL statements Building on the above resource this document clearly llustrates what pupils need to do to progress in each of the assessed elements of the examination. Submitted by L Buxton 

Record Sheets and Departmental Policies

History Level Descriptors Student speak Level Descriptors. Submitted by L Buxton
Departmental Policy Mr Dyson has kindly submitted his Departmental assessment policy.
Causation A Record sheet for use with students.Submitted by W Bradley.
Chronology Student record sheet including easy to understand statements of attainment.Submitted by W Bradley.
Historical Interpretation Another student friendly record sheet.Submitted by W Bradley.
Historical Knowledge Helps students to understand their attainment, easy to use recording sheet. Submitted by W Bradley.
Individual Record Sheet An easily adaptable student record sheet. Submitted by W Bradley.
Please submit your resources to enhance the quality of this section.

Administrative resources

National Curriculum levels for history

Record Sheets

Causation: This sheet is a simple tick sheet that can be used to quickly record the current attainment of students with regards Causation. Available as an excel file.

Knowledge: Similar to the above sheet, this record sheet provides an easy to use format for recording students attainment with regards their historical knowledge.

Using Sources: This excel file can be used as a simple tick sheet to record students attainment in the use of historical Sources.

General resources:

How to do well in history. Taken from a number of sources this sheet provides students with a range of practical tips on how to succeed in History. A useful reference point for students and teachers.

Student Feedback Form. A feedback form devised to show students what their strengths and weaknesses were on a piece of work. Easy to use and great for maintaining on going records for individual students.

Assessment record: an on-going record sheet for students in key stage 3. Easily amended to suit your assessments. Students and staff can quickly spot progression using this format.

This section is being developed at the moment. Please submit YOUR ideas, thoughts or assessment materials to this site. The more that's available the easier it is for all of us!

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SchoolsHistory.org.uk highly recommends these sites:

gcsehistory.org.uk - new site aiming to provide an accessible narrative for GCSE History pupils.
Schoolhistory.co.uk - fantastic range of interactive games, revision materials and links.
ActiveHistory.co.uk - outstanding use of ICT to engage pupils.
Thinkinghistory.co.uk - a brilliant range of learning activities from Ian Dawson
JohnDClare.net - simply the best for Modern World GCSE students
History.org.uk - resources and CPD materials from the Historical Association.
Historyboxes.com - make your lessons 'real' with artefacts and living history provided by experts
Schoolshistory.com - same author as this site, just put together in a slightly different way!
Medicinethroughtime.co.uk - all new resources for teachers and pupils of the SHP Medicine course
Crimeandpunishmentthroughtime.co.uk - A new site providing resources for teachers and pupils of the Crime and Punishment unit
Wallarms.com Militaria - a range of interesting pieces of militaria is available via tihs site
The Turkey Inn, Goose Eye, Oakworth - great historical public house with loads of great beer and a lovely atmosphere