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Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level History resources available for purchase and download. New Focus Education offer resources from a teacher with 10 years teaching experience, a track record of excellent outcomes and experience of leadership at several levels. The main focus is AQA 8145 and AQA A Level, with key stage three resources available with GCSE skills and requirements embedded throughout.

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Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level History resources available for purchase and download. New Focus Education offer resources from a teacher with 10 years teaching experience, a track record of excellent outcomes and experience of leadership at several levels. The main focus is AQA 8145 and AQA A Level, with key stage three resources available with GCSE skills and requirements embedded throughout.
AQA 8145 Kenilworth 2021 (historic environment) full lesson pack
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AQA 8145 Kenilworth 2021 (historic environment) full lesson pack

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Full bundle of complete lessons addressing the 2021 historic environment of Kenilworth Castle; including a model answer to the 16 mark essay question. The lessons assess initially the relationship between Dudley and Elizabeth, moving on to the various reasons for the redevelopment of Kenilworth (marriage, legacy, progresses, fashions, defense), culminating in a thematic study of Kenilworth and the planning of a practice 16 mark essay response.
AQA 8145 Kenilworth 2021 model answer
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AQA 8145 Kenilworth 2021 model answer

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A model answer for the 2021 historic environment site Kenilworth Castle. The answer focuses on the purpose for the redevelopment and rebuilding of Kenilworth Castle with the stem of the question focusing on marriage, with other factors analysed including legacy, new fashions and trends and royal progresses.
AQA 8145 - L6 Kenilworth historic environment - Essay planning lesson
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AQA 8145 - L6 Kenilworth historic environment - Essay planning lesson

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The final lesson on the 2021 historic environment Kenilworth Castle. This lesson focuses on planning the 16 mark essay with a focus on marriage to Elizabeth as the stated factor. Students start with a rapid recap reviewing key knowledge of Kenilworth (answers included for teachers), leading to annotation of the changing nature of castles by the Elizabethan period. Students study the guidance to list what would make a good 16 mark answer, leading to completion of the essay plan which can be used for homework or timed in class. A model paragraph plenary allows students to see integration of the knowledge of the site to the essay.
AQA 8145 - Kenilworth 2021 L1: Why was Robert Dudley important to Elizabeth?
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AQA 8145 - Kenilworth 2021 L1: Why was Robert Dudley important to Elizabeth?

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Lesson one in the series of lessons focusing on Kenilworth Castle - the historic environment study 2021 The lesson focuses on the role Dudley played in Elizabeth’s life, introducing Kenilworth. The lesson starts with a recap of prior knowledge of Dudley from the ‘marriage’ lesson. Using the hand out students create a living graph showing how the relationship between Dudley and Elizabeth developed over time. Students then assess how their relationship would have been viewed by groups such as the royal court, privy council etc. leading to a ‘write an account’ question on the role Dudley played in Elizabeth’s life. The plenary assesses how far Dudley and Elizabeth came to marrying through a continuum.
AQA 8145 - Night of the Long Knives
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AQA 8145 - Night of the Long Knives

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For new Germany unit - 1890-1945 Source starter, video introducing the night of the long knives, source analysis assessing causes and consequences of the night of the long knives, describe 4 mark question built in and overall judgement building on the learning sequence of the most significant reason Hitler was able to establish a dictatorship. Summary assessment question (8 mark explain question) at the end - mark scheme attached.
AQA 8145 Health - Pasteur vs Koch - who was more significant?
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AQA 8145 Health - Pasteur vs Koch - who was more significant?

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Lesson comparing the role of Louis Pasteur and Robert Koch in the development and acceptance of Germ Theory. The starter recaps prior learning of both men, leading to knowledge audit using the statements on the PPT. In groups students use the skim reading task, the previous lesson and the A3 sheets (photocopied from AQA Oxford Thematic Studies textbook) to create a poster campaigning for either Pasteur or Koch. Students then present to the group. Students then use the cards showing the role of each man to rank in terms of significance, using these to answer a question assessing who played the most significant role in the development of Germ Theory. A judgement line plenary allows assessment of pupil views.
AQA A Level 7042 - Britain 2S - why did the miners go on strike in 1984?
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AQA A Level 7042 - Britain 2S - why did the miners go on strike in 1984?

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Lesson outlining the causes of the 1984 miners’ strike. The lesson begins with a recap of right to buy. A video introduces the miners’ strike from the Welsh perspective so students can begin to make inferences. Pupils list the various reasons for the strike using the Oxford AQA textbook pp. 128-129 making links to the successes in 1972 and 1974; pupils then rank the causes in terms of significance using the cards. The lesson culminates in an analysis of three sources (two from June 2017 exam and one new Arthur Scargill source) focusing on the reasons given in each for the strike, leading to a judgement plenary on the ‘most valid’ source using the content only.
AQA A Level 7042 - Britain 2S - why did the miners' strike fail?
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AQA A Level 7042 - Britain 2S - why did the miners' strike fail?

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Lesson exploring the failure of the 1984/5 miners’ strike. The lesson starts with an inference task using contemporary images, leading to a video outlining the Battle of Orgreave. Using the hand out students identify and explore the impact of the strike, leading to an activity ranking the reasons for failure. Pupils then link in previous learning assessing the various reasons for industrial unrest in the period, finally culminating in a judgment plenary exploring why the unions were less successful in the 1980s in comparison to the 1970s.
AQA 8145 Health and the People Surgery review lesson
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AQA 8145 Health and the People Surgery review lesson

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Lesson reviewing the theme of surgery. The starter asks students to match up the trios and explain the links between them to their partner. Moving on the main task is a carousel activity completing the table assessing areas of development in surgery across the four key time periods. The areas of development include; training, anatomical knowledge, anesthetics, preventing blood loss, treating infection and techniques and treatments. Students then colour code the evidence into the key factors for the 16 mark essay question. A summary video reviews the key modern developments, leading to a judgement on the most significant factor in causing development in surgery from individuals, governments or science and technology. The plenary recaps key individuals in the development of surgery with a ‘who am i?’ task.
The Harrying of the North - KS3 but also suitable for AQA 8145
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The Harrying of the North - KS3 but also suitable for AQA 8145

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First lesson of the scheme - changes made by the Normans to England Lesson exploring the Harrying of the North. Decision making starter on views of William, source carousel/investigation of the events/actions and results of the rebellion, discussion on how the Harrying helped William, leading to a 4 mark describe GCSE style question, interpretation plenary.
AQA 8145 Kenilworth 2021 Knowledge Organiser
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AQA 8145 Kenilworth 2021 Knowledge Organiser

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A knowledge organiser for the 2021 historic environment Kenilworth Castle. Covers all the key content for students and links to the 7 lesson SOL giving students an overview of the motivations behind the redevelopment of Kenilworth, linked with the key design features.
AQA 8145 Elizabeth -Lesson 2 Kenilworth 2021 - how did Dudley change Kenilworth Castle?
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AQA 8145 Elizabeth -Lesson 2 Kenilworth 2021 - how did Dudley change Kenilworth Castle?

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Lesson two in the series of lessons focusing on Kenilworth Castle - the historic environment study 2021 The lesson focuses on the changes Dudley made to Kenilworth. The lesson starts with a comparison of 14th and 16th century Kenilworth with students identifying the changes they can see, leading to consideration of why these changes would be made. Using the hand out students complete the table assessing what specific changes were made (e.g. the gardens, gatehouse), thinking about which aspect Dudley changed the most. Students then explain why Dudley made these changes, choosing which they think was the most significant and why. Finally a 3,2,1 plenary recaps key content from the historic environment site.
Slave resistance
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Slave resistance

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Lesson exploring how slaves resisted on plantations. Inference starter, two layers of inference sources linked to utility, card sort categorising passive and active resistance leading to an explanation judgement regarding the most successful forms of resistance.