WW2 ends & a Cold War begins.

Much of the start of the Cold War is related to the development of WW2. Here’s the video we watched in class which shows a simulation of the development of WW2.

You will now work on the 1st 30 minutes of the documentary below to complete the worksheet on the antecedents of the Cold War.

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The Nature of WW1.


Dear All, 

You are now working on your posters. The deadline to present your posters is JUNE 13th. To consider the work finished, you need to publish your group’s poster in your blog including the following information:

a) Say what your topic was and provide the sources you used to gather information. 

b) Explain the most important bits of information you learnt from your topic. 

c) Say the name of the tool you used for the digital poster and explain what you learnt about using that tool. 

d) Self evaluate your work in the firts part of the project (when you researched) and later on in the group work. Write a mark from 1 to 10 and explain why you think you deserve that mark. 


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The People of the Industrial Revolution go live!


Below, you will find the guidelines for our coming radio show. 

Radio programme project: Our new world.

3 sections:

  • Inventions and inventors.
  • The Arts
  • Society

From every pair, one student will impersonate the character chosen last class and the other will be the interviewer.

Part A.

Make 3/4 questions to your interviewee. Provide the answers to your questions. Make sure your questions are a reflection of the times, the political, social and economic context as well as a clear example of the character that is being interviewed.

Part B.

Get together with those in your same area: Inventions – The Art – Society.

Together with those in your same area, prepare an opinion panel on ONE of the following:

  1. The role of women.
  2. Changes in health.
  3. Working conditions.
  4. Religion.
  5. The Arts.

Part C.

Make a jingle to use as a separation between the two parts of the radio programme. Make sure your jingle is on a topic related to the times of the Industrial Revolution.


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Essay Writing: Feedback

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Histagrams: What History Would Look Like If It Was Posted On Instagram


History depicted as Instagrams

his·to·ry (noun)
: the study of past events, particularly in human affairs.

in·sta·gram (noun)
: an online photo-sharing, and social networking service that enables its users to take pictures, apply digital filters to them, and share them.

Hi There!

So far you’ve read about Histagrams and browsed through a number of illustrating examples. 

Here’s what we will do now. 

In pairs, you will choose a salient figure from the historical period of the Industrial Revolution and you will create at least THREE posts that person could have posted had she/he had an Instagram account/device back then. 

A list of options (done by the girls in tutorials) plus an template for the Histagrams has been delivered to yuor email. 

Once your images are ready, you will have to post them in your blog together with an explanation for each describing what thew images show and accounting for your choices. 

Enjoy! 🙂




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Mind Mapping!

mind map is a diagram used to visually organize information.

A mind map is hierarchical and shows relationships among pieces of the whole. It is often created around a single concept, drawn as an image in the center of a blank page, to which associated representations of ideas such as images, words and parts of words are added. Major ideas are connected directly to the central concept, and other ideas branch out from those. 


Below, you will find some tools to create digital mind maps although you could freely draw yours on a sheet of paper.







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“Success is not final, failure is not fatal: it is the courage to continue that counts.” W. Churcill

Although it would probably be quite inaccurate and one-sided to attribute the full blame of WW2 to Hitler’s regime, it’s the actions of Hitler reversing the terms of the Treaty of Versailles that brought WW2 to a start. 

During the 1st part of the 1st Term, we shall be reading and analysing the short term causes of WW2. You will work on oral presentations in groups. 

Below, you will find your groups as well as the guidelines to make your presentations.

Groups for presentations on the Short Term Causes of WW2

Here are some useful links you may want to check out:

The Saar Plebiscite.

The Nazi Soviet Pact. 

The Sudetenland. 


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Why did WW1 begin?

We are now about to plunge into one of the main topics of this year:


No historical event is the result of only ONE  cause, that is why we shall be considering the main causes.

In this post we will collect different types of material related to the causes of WW1. 

We shall start by watching a Kahn Academy video on the Empires before WW1. 

Empires before World War I: Austria-Hungary. Ottoman empire. British, German, French and Russian empires.

Watch the video and analyse the following points: 

1. What is the connection between land boundaries and linguistic boundaries in Europe now?

2. Write down 3 geographic differences between the map TODAY and at the beginning of the 20th Century?

3. Was Serbia part of the Austro Hungarian Empire?


4. Write the name of at least 4 ethnic groups inside the Austro -Hungarian Empire. 

Let´s now go on with the situation of Germany and Italy.

Watch the video and answer the following questions: 

  1. When did Germany and Italy become unified?
  2. List Germany’s colonies.
  3. List Italy’s colonies. 

We are now familiar with the Empires at the beginning of the XXth Century and with their strengths and weaknesses. 

We will now take a look at the system of alliances. The following video will throw some light on the alliance system. 

  • Watch the video and answer the questions which follow:
  1. Which cause does the historian in the video analyse in full?
  2. Which other causes are mentioned in the lecture?
  3. How old was the German Empire when the Dual Alliance Treaty was signed?
  4. Why were the Germans paranoid in 1879 according to the lecture? What is the term used to refer to that “fear” the Germans had?
  5. Which countries formed the Triple Entente? Which the Triple Alliance?
  6. What was peculiar about Italy’s role in the war?

It’s time to look into the short term causes of WW1. For the short term causes you will work on a doc named “Short Term Causes WW1”. 

In that doc you will collect info and answer questions on specific topics as regards:

1. The First Moroccan Crisis.

2. The Second Moroccan Crisis.

3. The Naval and Arms Race.

4. The Balkans Crisis. 

5. The Murder at Sarajevo.


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The final sprint towards IGCSE!

We are starting to walk the road to the History IGCSE exam, an exam you´ve been working hard to prepare for the last two years. Let´s start by looking at the exam syllabus in a nutshell:


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History in Senior 1: Welcome!

Hello Everyone!

We are in for a year of hard work and, hopefully, new and interesting challenges!

The subject we will be studying together is History, world History. Senior 1 is the first year of a three-year preparation for IGCSE that is the international exam you will be sitting for in Senior 3.

Our course will have 4 periods a week. For each class you will be expected to bring your History book and an A4 folder with 2 divisions: 1) Recalling Historical Data AND 2) Graded Work. At the same time, you will need a category in your blog that will be “History” and a subcategory within that category that will be “Essay Writing”.

You have until the end of March to get you material and blog ready. I will bechecking everything by then.

Tests as well as blog assignments and paper assignments will be posted in the class Calendar.

Let’s start right away! Below I have shared a Ted Talk with which I would like to start our lessons this year.


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