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I have currently held the role of history teacher at a secondary school in a deprived area of Kent for the past 5 years. A lot of my resources are aimed at having enough variety to engage at the same time as imparting knowledge. Recently I have tried to incorporate the latest research into retrieval tasks into lessons, you will therefore see a range of knowledge quizzes and other techniques to try and improve student's knowledge. I appreciate feedback and want to improve all resources.

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I have currently held the role of history teacher at a secondary school in a deprived area of Kent for the past 5 years. A lot of my resources are aimed at having enough variety to engage at the same time as imparting knowledge. Recently I have tried to incorporate the latest research into retrieval tasks into lessons, you will therefore see a range of knowledge quizzes and other techniques to try and improve student's knowledge. I appreciate feedback and want to improve all resources.
The Crusades
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The Crusades

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Complete S.O.W incorporating the latest thinking tools as well as many interactive links. This scheme was designed with year 7 in mind and includes a final assessment.
Year 7: The Battle of Hastings
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Year 7: The Battle of Hastings

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Simple overview of the preparations and events during the Battle of Hastings 1066, inclusive of card sort and interactive links to BBC Teach video.
Saladin and the fall of Jerusalem
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Saladin and the fall of Jerusalem

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Part of a Year 7 scheme of work on Saladin and the fall of Jerusalem, the intention of the lesson is to focus on primary sources and the way that Saladin has been portrayed in history.
The end of WW1 in Germany
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The end of WW1 in Germany

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Part of an Edexcel legacy spec on Germany from 1918-1945, examining the early problems facing Germany after the end of the First World War.
Smuggling
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Smuggling

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This lesson provides a dedicated analysis of smuggling within England to accompany Edexcel’s Crime and Punishment unit. The lesson looks at why people turned to smuggling and the members of society that were most likely to take part in it. The lesson also looks at the rise and decline in smuggling (especially during Pitt’s government and the widespread lowering of import duties). Interactive resources are included, as is a closer look (or case study) at the Hawkhurst gang who operated on the South coast and were notorious for their violence and sheer guile whilst operating smuggling operations.
Thomas Sydenham
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Thomas Sydenham

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A resource designed for the Edexcel Medicine Through Time unit (1250-present) concentrating on the impact of Thomas Sydenham during the Renaissance, lesson includes worksheets and interactive resources.
Louis Pasteur and Germ Theory
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Louis Pasteur and Germ Theory

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A lesson designed for Edexcel Medicine Through Time unit focusing on the role of Louis Pasteur, his main achievements and the factors that allowed him to make his discoveries.
William Harvey
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William Harvey

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A resource designed for the Edexcel medicine through time 1250-present unit, focusing primarily on the achievements of William Harvey with some consideration of Edexcel exam technique.
Oliver Cromwell
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Oliver Cromwell

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This lesson is part of a year 9 KS3 scheme of work assessing the changing power of the monarchy between the Medieval and modern era. This scheme has been designed as part of a three year KS3 but also to begin to prepare students for evaluating key concepts such as change and continuity. This is a lesson aimed at examining the extent to which Cromwell can be considered a ‘King in all but name’, videos are embedded and the lesson aims at examining whether Cromwell had assumed the full powers of King through his use of the New Model Army to establish himself as Lord Protector.
John Snow
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John Snow

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A lesson designed for Edexcel Medicine Through time, continuing an examination of the Public Health issues plaguing London during the Inductrial Revolution. The lesson focuses on the contribution of John Snow.
World War One medicine
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World War One medicine

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A set of lessons designed for the Edexcel Medicine Through Time specification, looking specifically at the historical environment of the Western Front and inclusive of a number of lessons on the main battles, medical developments and individuals. Every lesson is also linked to exam practice from the Edexcel specification.
Wannsee conference
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Wannsee conference

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The fourth lesson of a scheme of work designed to examine the horrors of the Holocaust, this lesson focuses on the personalities and decisions made at the Wannsee conference. The scheme has been designed to teach year 9 skills that will be relevant to paper 3 of the Edexcel GCSE, as a result there is a task based on the ‘usefulness’ of sources relating to Reinhard Heydrich and Adolf Eichmann. In addition, there is a video clip included and a diamond nine activity to help students consider the underlying factors driving the decisions made at Wannsee.
Developments in policing since 1900
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Developments in policing since 1900

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Designed for the Edexcel Crime and Punishment unit but adaptable for other specifications, this lesson looks at the changes to methods of enforcement. This includes a consideration of the impact of technology and transport on policing, as well as the increased specialisation of roles within the police including counter-terrorism and fraud squads. In the latter part of the lesson there is also a consideration of how the public are expected to vigilantly help to uphold the law throughout the UK.
Trench systems
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Trench systems

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A lesson designed for the Edexcel Medicine Through Time unit examining the nature of the Trench systems and in particular the role of frontline, support and reserve trenches. The lesson is inclusive of images showing cross sections of the trench systems and of interactive video, there is also an example of a question 1 from the Edexcel exam spec.
DNA
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DNA

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A lesson designed for the Edexcel Medicine Through Time Unit, looking at the discovery of DNA by Crick and Watson. This lesson focuses mainly on the ways in which the DNA Double Helix was discovered and the processes that allowed for the discovery. It is also inclusive of the role of Rosalind Franklin and includes downloaded video clips.
Edward Longshanks and Wales
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Edward Longshanks and Wales

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This lesson is part of a year 9 KS3 scheme of work assessing the changing power of the monarchy between the Medieval and modern era. This scheme has been designed as part of a three year KS3 but also to begin to prepare students for evaluating key concepts such as change and continuity. In this lesson the power of individual Kings is assessed with the military power of Edward I, there is also an introduction to the role of parliament in the conquest of Wales and a consideration of the death of the last prince of Wales.
Changing role of Concentration camps
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Changing role of Concentration camps

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The third lesson of a scheme of work designed to introduce the horrors of the Holocaust, this lesson focuses on the background events of WW2 and how they influenced changes to the role of concentration camps. The scheme has been designed to teach year 9 skills that will be relevant to paper 3 of the Edexcel GCSE, as a result there is a task based on source inference. Knowledge quizzes are present on this resource, building on work from the previous two lessons. There is also a guided reading task to help students consider the underlying reasons for the changes in the role of the concentration camps after Nazi expansion in Eastern Europe.
Introduction to Crime and Punishment
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Introduction to Crime and Punishment

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A lesson designed to introduce students to the Edexcel Crime and Punishment unit, involving an introduction to the key time periods and factors as well as a consideration of some of the most important keywords for the topic. The lesson also has resources aimed at getting students to consider their own view on the severity of certain crimes. This will help them for future lessons and to consider the extent of change and continuity from the Middle Ages to the present.
Anaesthetics
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Anaesthetics

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This is a resource designed for Edexcel Medicine Through Time and based on an examination of anaesthetics, offered as a free resource because the lesson requires an additional information source to complete task on the three main anaesthetics.