Students from local middle schools attended a History Key Stage 3 Collaboration Day on Friday 24 March.  Working in mixed teams, they began with a collaborative observation task to review, analyse and record their judgements on the events of World War Two, based on a rolling PowerPoint.

There were 8 teams of investigators, exploring and determining key issues that the world then faced after 1945. Students each had a source pack based on topics such as refugees, the United Nations, Life in Britain, Israel, denazification of Germany, the Cold War, life in Germany and the atom bomb.

Students explored their issue and reached conclusions by creating white board diagrams.

The eight ‘expert’ groups then made presentations to each other in order to share the scope and scale of the difficulties facing the world when attempting to rebuild after 1945.

Answers were then compiled to reach conclusions to 4 ‘big’ questions, including ‘what would you have done differently?’

The teams then completed a ‘SOLO’ task, making and explaining connections between the 8 issues in a desk-based activity using hexagons and annotating their diagrams.

This allowed for a final answer to a fourth ‘big’ question – what was the most important consequence?

Overall students were asked to say what they had enjoyed and judging from some of the comments, I think it was mission accomplished.