Teaching History with 2Simple: KS1

Oct. 6, 2023

History Resources on Purple Mash

Purple Mash provides a rich array of KS1 history resources that can captivate young learners and foster a love of the subject. From interactive games based on historical events to activities that encourage students to explore their own family histories, Purple Mash offers a diverse range of tools to engage students in historical learning.

You'll find:

  • Engaging animations and visuals that bring historical events to life.
  • Interactive quizzes and games that reinforce learning.
  • Printable resources for in-class activities and assessments.

Create dynamic history lessons which spark curiosity, encourage critical thinking, and help students develop a deeper understanding of the past. Why wait? Dive into the world of Purple Mash and embark on an exciting historical journey with your KS1 students today!

Changes within living memory

Compare a range of topics and see how things have changed from the old to the new, including transport, toys, holidays and houses. You might also want to explore how food has changed, and create a then and now feast for children, parents and grandparents to enjoy! These resources encourage children to interview family members, create family trees, and explore the concept of change over time.

Significant events beyond living memory

There are so many events you can choose from for this topic: you might want to recount the Great Fire of London and meet Samuel Pepys, or you could learn all about the traitorous Guy Fawkes, and even send him an email! Learn about the sinking of the Titanic, land on the moon, or fight against the Normans at the Battle of Hastings. Take to the skies with the first flight, or learn about the significance of Remembrance Day.

Lives of significant individuals in the past

Explore the world with Sir Francis Drake and Christopher Columbus, or travel far away to the Polar regions. Meet famous medics like Florence Nightingale and Mary Seacole, and learn all about the lives of famous Kings and Queens.

Local historical events, people and places

Purple Mash has resources to allow you to develop your own local study. There are four topics that you could us for comparisons between old and new: Transport, Toys, Seaside Holidays, and Buildings & Homes.

Once you've decided on your topic, you can use our Data Collection tool and Local Area Research template.

All of these resources and more are available with a Purple Mash subscription. Not yet a Purple Mash subscriber? You can get a free trial of Purple Mash to explore the resources and try them for yourself.

Historical Fiction on Serial Mash

Serial Mash, an excellent resource on Purple Mash, offers a captivating selection of historical fiction books that transport young readers back in time. These well researched and beautifully written stories invite readers to experience history through the eyes of engaging characters and vivid settings.

From tales set in ancient civilizations to adventures during pivotal historical events, these books not only entertain but also educate, making history come alive in an accessible and enjoyable way. Serial Mash's historical fiction collection is a valuable resource for educators and young readers alike, fostering a love for history and a deeper understanding of the past through the power of storytelling.

There are even DK Learning books to learn about key events and people throughout history.