Schools resources

There is a wealth of archaeological and historic sites in Devon that can be incorporated into local case studies for teaching history and prehistory. You can search Heritage Gateway for sites near you, or see the examples below and on the menu to the right.

We hope to continue to add specific examples and images, so please keep checking back and let us know if there is anything you would particularly like to see on these pages.

If you are a teacher we would welcome your feedback on how these resources can be made more useful for you. Please contact us.

The national curriculum states that pupils should be taught about:

 

Key Stage 1

Changes within living memory

More information about Modern Devon.

Examples include:

 

Events beyond living memory that are significant nationally or globally

More information about Modern Devon includes the mining World Heritage Site.

Events in Devon that are beyond living memory and are significant nationally or globally include:

 

The lives of significant individuals in the past who have contributed to national and international achievements

Places associated with significant individuals from Devon include:

 

Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality

Any of the examples given on this page can be used as significant historical places, people or events that happened in Devon.

 

Key stage 2

Changes in Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age

More information about Prehistoric Devon.

In the North Devon Coast AONB, the National Mapping Programme project recorded Mesolithic land surfaces and Neolithic structures, Bronze Age funerary monuments, Iron Age hillforts, field systems and boundaries.

Further examples of prehistoric sites include:

 

The Roman Empire and its impact on Britain

More information about Roman Devon.

Examples of Roman sites include a fort, a farm, a bakehouse and a possible roadside settlement in Topsham

 

Britain’s settlement by Anglo-Saxons and Scots

More information about Post-Roman Devon.

 

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

More information about Post-Roman Devon.

 

A local history study

Any of the examples given on this page can be used as part of a local history study.

 

A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066

More information about Medieval Devon and Post-medieval Devon.

See Key Stage 3 (below) for examples.

 

The achievements of the earliest civilizations

Information about early civilizations including Ancient Sumer; The Indus Valley; Ancient Egypt; The Shang Dynasty of Ancient China can be found at some of the local museums in Devon.

 

Ancient Greece

Information about Ancient Greece can be found at some of the local museums in Devon.

 

A non-European society that provides contrasts with British history

Information about non-European societies can be found at some of the local museums in Devon.

 

Key stage 3

The development of Church, state and society in Medieval Britain 1066-1509

More information about Medieval Devon.

Examples include:

 

The development of Church, state and society in Britain 1509-1745

More information about Post-medieval Devon.

Examples include:

 

Ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901

More information about Modern Devon.

Examples include:

 

Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day

More information about Modern Devon.

Examples include:

 

A local history study

Any of the examples given on this page can be used as part of a local history study.

The study of an aspect or theme in British history that consolidates and extends pupils’ chronological knowledge from before 1066

More information about Prehistoric Devon, Roman Devon, and Post-Roman Devon.

See above (key stages 1 and 2) for examples.

 

At least one study of a significant society or issue in world history and its  interconnections with other world developments.

Information can be found at some of the local museums in Devon

 

Other useful sources: