Five brilliant history resources for home schooling

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Taking on the role of teacher can feel overwhelming, but we've got ideas to help you!

The thought of stepping into a teacher's shoes, even for a short time, may be daunting, especially if it feels like centuries since you were in the classroom yourself.

Don't panic! We have lots of ideas and resources online to help your children continue exploring history and the wider world without having to step outside the front door.

Here are five top history resources that will keep your kids learning AND smiling while you're staying home together. Parental participation optional!    

Three costumed interpreters dressed as Master Cook, Kitchen Clerk and Sergeant of the Cellar from the Tudor Kitchens.

1. Game: Undercover Time Explorer

Step into the shoes of a Tudor servant and help to plan a feast for Henry VIII. But be careful! You must avoid being caught as an imposter.

Suitable for primary school students.

Play the game
Illustration of John Gerard as he climbs down a rope to the river where a man in a boat awaits him.

2. Game: Story Shuffle

The history of the Tower of London has been jumbled up. Unscramble the stories and find out when in history they took place.

Suitable for primary school students, in particular Key Stage 2.

Play the game
John Gerard at the Tower of London praying with a rosary.

3. Fun Kids: Locked Up in The Tower of London

Explore 1,000 years of history at the Tower of London in this Fun Kids podcast series, complete with colourful animations and fascinating facts about the Tower.

Suitable for Key Stage 2 primary school students. 

Visit the Fun Kids website
Tracey Tooley investigating Hampton Court Palace with Tudor figures from history.

4. Video series: Tracey Tooley Investigates... Henry VIII

Join intrepid reporter Tracey Tooley in this Tudor-tastic video series, and investigate what really drove England’s most infamous monarch, King Henry VIII!

Suitable for secondary students, in particular Key Stage 3. 

Watch the video series
Fictional history reporter from 'The Scoop' video series interrogates a bishop at the Tower of London

5. Video series: The Scoop!

Welcome to The Scoop! Join Jezebel Factsman and her team of historical experts to uncover how the Normans constructed the White Tower in this fact-finding and myth-busting series.

Designed to support students studying the Norman Conquest as part of the GCSE AQA syllabus.

Watch the video series
Young child with magnifying glass at Hampton Court Palace

More learning resources

Looking for more resources to use at home with your children?

Browse all of our curriculum-based learning resources covering 1000 years of history, including the Tudors, Georgians and Victorians.

You'll find resources for Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, Key Stage 4, Key Stage 5 and SEND.

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