Words and ideas for the past and the future

A picture of me drawn by a student who is now in Year 11. Her name is Emma.

Dear Year 7 students,

You will have encountered most or perhaps all of the words below in the first week of studying history. But even if you know a particular word, that doesn’t always mean that you fully understand it and could use it in a sentence, during class or in a test. That’s why it’s often useful to revisit strange or unfamiliar words, just to make sure they have become friends and allies in your mental dictionary.

I made up the quizlet below to help my students use the words of history in everyday life. You know, at the dinner table, when your parents ask you that dreaded question: “And what did you learn at school today?”

Reconstruction of a New Stone Age longhouse in Hitzacker, Germany

After you have worked through this quizlet a few times, you’ll be able to reply: “Well, since you ask, I discovered that once the glaciers of the last Ice Age had melted, the area of the Fertile Crescent was an ideal location for the gradual development of agriculture. The hunter-gatherers who lived there gradually gave up their nomadic lifestyle and took up farming, domesticating plants and animals and beginning to live in larger settlements with more complex social structures. This change had a lasting impact on human history.”

Your parents will be stunned.

“And now,” you will say, “if you’ll excuse me, I need to go and brush up my extensive vocabulary  before I go to bed. May I be excused?”

Of course your parents will release you. They’ll be speechless. They may even forget to make you do the washing up.

Good luck.

Kind regards from Ms Green

Some revision of the past, a game and a quiz

Cruelty to children in the state education system...

Dear 7B,
At some stage in their lives, all students are cruelly confined in a darkened room and forced to write almost non-stop for 48 minutes, without recourse to books, without help from their teacher and without any electronic gadgets to aid them.

Requests for toilet visits, drinks and any kind of nutrition are denied them.

While they work like slaves for a harsh taskmaster (or mistress), they are watched by a woman of uncertain age and intimidating appearance, who wanders around the room, admonishing them and urging them on. Sometimes her encouragement is almost harder to bear than the ordeal itself.

This gruesome test of courage and perseverance is called a test. Tests give high school teachers a little score to write in their markbooks and show to parents on parent-teacher night. Tests are a bitter reminder that education is not just about learning but also about getting little numbers allotted to your name on the roll.

The week after next you will be completing one of these daunting tasks. That’s why I’m giving you a couple of friendly little revision tasks to do, as well as a link to a BBC game on mummification.

The games will be fun. But don’t forget, the test will be horrid, unless you use the games to ace the test, keep that mean old woman happy and show the Education Department, once and for all, what you’re made of. Play hard. Try to remember everything. Good luck.

Kind regards from Ms Green


Next, a little quiz on ancient Egypt.

Lastly, you can visit the wonderful BBC website and play Mummy Maker. In this game, you can learn by making mistakes as well as by not making them. I love games like that.
Mummy Maker Game

Moving on from the Stone Age to the world of ancient Egypt

Welcome back from camp, 7B. Hope you’ve dried out!

Click on this link to complete a multiple choice quiz on the Stone Age. Some of the answers will be easier if you paid close attention to the video, “Stories from the Stone Age”. Good luck!

Stone Age Quiz Link


…there is no country that possesses so many wonders…


This picture of modern Egypt with its ancient wonders was kindly provided by Mrs McQueen in the library. She has more exciting holidays than I do, though I must admit, I have climbed those ancient stones myself. There's a photo below, in which I look uncomfortably hot. That was back in 1987.
This picture of modern Egypt with its ancient wonders was kindly provided by Mrs McQueen in the library. She has more exciting holidays than I do, though I must admit, I have climbed those ancient stones myself.

Egypt has a great fascination for historians. 

Remember, I'm a god. Even though I suffer from abscesses on my teeth and other mortal problems.
Remember, I'm a god - even though I suffer from abscesses on my teeth and other mortal problems.

Herodotus, a man from ancient Athens who is often dubbed the “father of history”, found the culture of the Egyptians strange as well as fascinating. You may feel the same as you wander the desert sands, sail across the Nile and show your embalming skills on our class mummy. I hope so.

♦Read up on the process of mummification

Play the Mummy Maker Game at the BBC website by clicking here

Read about the power of the Pharaohs here

View the treasures of Tutankhamen here

Another Resource for Studying Ancient Egypt

The World Book Online is a brilliant resource, which you can even access from outside through the intranet or this blog. You will need the username (bhhs) and password (worldbook) to use it, however.

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Revision for test on Wednesday 17 August

Hi, 7B!

I’ve just written your test.

♦First of all, you’ll need to write some definitions. ALL the definitions are words from the quizlet below, but I’m not telling you which ones.

Well, I don’t want it to be too easy!

♦Then there are some matching exercises. You know, I give you 8 words and 8 definitions and ask you to match them up. Embarrassingly easy. Those words are also from the quizlet below.

♦You’ll also need to be able to define and give an example of a primary source and a secondary source.

♦There are a few questions I’m not going to reveal to you, but I advise you to do the Stone Age Quiz a couple of times and, most important of all, to read my little remarks after you’ve answered the questions. That should help you. (That quiz is in the right-hand sidebar, in case you need it.)

♦You’ll need to be able to say which century a specific date is attached to – for instance, you should be able to say that, since you were born in 1998, you were born in the 20th century. That can be a tiny bit tricky. Revise it in your textbook.

♦The other task you will have to do is put a number of dates into chronological order – from the longest ago to the most recent. A cinch!

Now that you’ve read this, you’ll know what to revise.

So what are you waiting for?

Kind regards from

Ms Green


PS Don’t forget to check out all your timelines in the post below this one.