Teaching History with 2Simple: KS2

Oct. 6, 2023

KS2 History Resources on Purple Mash

History is a subject that empowers students to connect with the past, understand the present, and shape the future. To make history engaging and educational for Key Stage Two students, Purple Mash offers a treasure trove of interactive and informative resources.

With a Purple Mash subscription, you'll have access to:

  • Interactive timelines and maps that aid comprehension.
  • Engaging activities like building a Stone Age shelter, decoding Mayan hieroglyphs or designing a Tudor house.
  • Interactive quizzes and games.
  • Opportunities for creative writing and reflection.
  • Access to printable worksheets for classroom use.

Whether it's stepping into the shoes of a child during WWII, exploring the mysteries of the Mayan civilization, or immersing themselves in the world of the Tudors and Stuarts, these resources cater to diverse interests and learning styles. By using these resources, you can equip your KS2 students with the knowledge and skills they need to become enthusiastic and informed historians, ready to explore the complexities of our world's history. Embark on an exciting historical journey with Purple Mash today!

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Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age

Travel back to in time to meet the first humans and discover how they lived. Encourage research with the DK Learning Life in the Stone Age information spread, and then develop writing skills by writing A Hunter Gatherer's Diary.

The Roman Empire and its Impact on Britain

March across the Roman Empire and write about Roman Soldiers, Roman Food and even Roman Roads! Uncover the mysteries of Pompeii with the Pompeii Slideshow and design your own mosaic.

There are also quizzes about the Roman Invasion, Crime & Punishment and more.

Britain's Settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots

Find out all about the Anglo-Saxons with the Anglo-Saxon Slideshow, and write about village life, their beliefs and their food. Write a report about the Anglo-Saxon invasion and how they ruled Britain.

Students can label the different levels on society in this activity.

The Vikings and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor

Use our DK Learning information spread, Viking Voyages, to travel across the sea and then write all about the Viking Longships. Children might want to report on the Viking Invasion and can even build a game on the invasion!

A Local History Study

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.

British History beyond 1066

There are lots of resources covering this time period, including the popular topics of the Tudors, Victorians and World War II. Students can even email Henry VIII to find out more about him and his famous wives.

Achievements of the Earliest Civilizations

Explore the DK Learning information spreads A Timeline of Ancient Egypt, The Daily Lives of Ancient Egyptians and Mummy Mysteries Revealed to find out more about these early civilizations.

There's even a whole History project with video lessons based on Tutankhamun! Discover it here.

Ancient Greece

Use the Ancient Greece Slideshow to introduce your students to this great civilization. Find out all about Ancient Greek Theatre, and produce a poster advertising a play - will it be a tragedy or comedy?

Discover more about Greek Myths with the DK Learning information Spread, Greek Myths, Gods and Monsters, and write about some of the most famous myths with our writing projects.

A Non-European Study to provide contrast with British History

Use the DK Learning information spread of The Maya, Incas and Aztecs to research some of these fantastic civilizations. For all of these topics, you will find writing projects, quizzes and games.

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.