001 - Information Page

This page will contain the key information about the IDU. 


The task is to write a story that is based on historical fact. You could be a soldier in the Battle of Hastings, a doctor during the Black Death or a lady-in-waiting at the court of Eleanor of Aquitaine. It really depends on what your interest is. In English you will be working on how to write a story, key medieval terminology, setting and characterisation. In I&S you will be researching the era, setting and characters you want to base your story on.

Key Requirements

      • Complete the mindmeister for research
      • Bibliography
      • Story is no more than 8 pages in length - approximately 1500 words
      • Double space the lines
      • Historical accuracy - think about the names of characters, props etc
      • Good plot - is it interesting?
      • Clear historical knowledge to feed the plot, context and character
      • Effective historical vocabulary
      • 45 min to write the reflection

Slides from the Presentation

Key Resources

How will I be assessed?

You will be assessed on all four of the IDU criteria and these are different to how you are assessed in I&S and English. It is therefore important that you read through the criteria carefully. Your I&S and English teachers will work together to grade your story so you need to impress both teachers with your thirst for historical knowledge and ability to develop a creative story.


While you will be competing in school to create the most riveting historical story we will be sending the best three to the Historical Association to be judged against other school entries across the UK. For more information about the competition please click on the link below.
Taken From: The Historical Association

In 2014 two of our students at Campus des Nations won prizes for their historical stories. These examples can be found on the department website - www.nationsinsoc.org