AQA 8145 - Elizabeth: Why did the Spanish Armada fail? (L4 historic environment)

Lessons focused around the 2020 Historic Environment on the Spanish Armada.
The fourth lesson focuses on the key reasons for the failure of the Armada.
The lesson starts with pupils analysing Phillip II’s plan and assessing advantages and disadvantages for Spain. Pupils then categorise the cards into reasons for failure; focusing on weather, English tactics, leadership, luck, Spanish mistakes and English ship design/weapons. Using the cards and additional information (plus relevant textbooks if required), in small groups pupils create a mini poster explaining one of the above reasons for defeat - presenting back after 15 minutes whilst all students complete a table recording the key details, allowing students to assess which reason for defeat they feel is most significant. The plenary focuses on the ‘how convincing’ question, using the Armada portrait as the source material.

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Created: Mar 5, 2019


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