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Year 12 History

Pupils in year 12 History have been reviewing their learning and mapping the end of democracy in Germany. We began by identifying the different events and causes that contributed to the end of democracy, placed these on post-it notes and mapped these on a timeline.

We then ranked these in order of significance, and using a red marker, made a line graph to visually show the level of threat that democracy was under. To challenge pupils, I then asked them to consider how people in Germany at the time might perceive the threat to democracy, based on our studies of the period. The subsequent graph, whilst it shared some similarities to our own assessment, was in some places quite different. This prompted students to consider the over, and underestimation of threats to democracy, as a vehicle  to explain why, in the early 1930s, so many threats to democracy went comparatively unchallenged. A further conversation was prompted about the key turning points, as a method to help us work out what the main reasons for the collapse of democracy were in the Weimar era.