This is a smartboard and accompanying resources to teach a one off lesson about the Gunpowder Plot.
I have not included any kind of writing frame or the story sequencing because I used some available on twinkl:
Two lessons covering the topic of the Gunpowder Plot:
L1: James I - explores who James I was and his role in Britain, then leads onto students designing their own flag.
L2: The Gunpowder Plot investigation - students become detectives for the lesson to get to the bottom of the Gunpowder Plot mystery; strong focus on source work.
Challenge activities (in pink bubbles) have also been included in each lesson.
Used with a higher-ability Year 8 class, but can easily be adapted to fit other ages and abilities.
Some parts, i.e. information, have been taken from other resources, but most activities are my own.
Please rate my resources! Thank you and I hope your students enjoy these lessons as much as mine did :)
This lesson does a number of things
Revises the Tudor Monarchs
Looks at the link between Elizabeth's reign and the accession of James I
Looks at James as a king
Outlines Catholic grievances
Narrates the events of the plot in a video and cartoon strip
Students consider the impact of the plot
Challenges students to examine what different interpretations of Guy Fawkes might have been at the time
Peer assessment using a band criteria
Guy Fawkes Assembly or Class Play
The inclusion of a *mini play entitled The Trial of Guy Fawkes presents a ‘new take’ on history’s verdict – an interesting twist when the only witness is found guilty by the only member of the jury! i.e. Guy Fawkes walks free! This mini play has a cast of 6 and its inclusion is optional – the rest of the assembly focuses on the facts! Another ‘addition’ is at the end of the script where I have included a Fact File – which I thought would be useful (a) to add more facts to the assembly if necessary (perhaps if the mini play is not included) (b) as an introduction to the subject (c) as the basis for a quiz, to test the children’s knowledge. Hopefully, a pretty comprehensive package!
*Guy Fawkes on Trial This is a short play with cast of 6. It could be used in the classroom or put on as a performance in front of the school, or used by a drama club.
Sample text From Guy Fawkes Assembly:
Duration: around 10 minutes
Characters (Cast of 30)
Children 1 -10
Guy Fawkes plus 13 Conspirators
Cast for ‘play’ Judge
Policeman (Witness) – see Production Notes
Member of the Jury
Music: Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks
(Children file in to this music)
Narrator: Good morning and welcome to our Guy Fawkes Assembly.
Child 1: The music you have just been listening to is Handel’s Music for the Royal Fireworks. First performed in 1749 for George II
Child 2: But more recently played, in 2002, in celebration of our present queen’s Golden Jubilee
(Child 3 nudges Child 2)
Child 2: Oh! That’s Queen Elizabeth II, of course! At Buckingham Palace – plus fireworks!
Child 3: The earliest fireworks were made in China, around 2,000 years ago – otherwise known as Chinese crackers!
Child 4: The first ones to be used in England were at the wedding of King Henry VII in 1486.
Child 5: Fireworks became more and more popular
Child 6: And King James II was so impressed by those used at his own coronation in 1685 that he had the guy in charge knighted!
Child 7: Did you say ‘guy’?
Child 6: I may have done. Why?
Child 7: Not the Guy?
Child 6: What are you on about?
Child 7: (Shaking his head in disbelief) Only the most famous Guy in our entire history!
(Guy Fawkes steps forward)
Guy Fawkes: (To Child 7) Thank you! That would be me! Guy Fawkes!
(Whole cast applauds and cheers)
Narrator: (Disapprovingly) Only the most infamous Guy in our entire history!
Guy Fawkes: (Looking hurt) Ooh! That’s a bit harsh!
This cross-curricular learning pack for KS2 will provide you with at least a whole day of meaningful and highly enjoyable learning all about Guy Fawkes, bonfire night, fireworks and the gunpowder plot. Everything you need is here - just print and teach.
Flexible teaching and learning - lots of options! Designed to last a whole day (at least) and involving Maths, English and Topic based lessons, but can be used for discrete lessons and dipped in and out of if you prefer - if all work is completed then the pack could provide up to 2 whole days of bonfire night based learning.
- Lesson 1: Establishing the history and context of Bonfire Night and allowing children to explore and learn independently and in a holistic way culminating in an optional speaking and listening activity.
- Lesson 2: Your class' ideas and knowledge from lesson 1 will be tested as they discuss, plan and then creatively write about a highly engaging firework night related activity that they are guaranteed to love.
- Lesson 3: Super fun Maths lesson with 2 levels of differentiation PLUS a speial sheet that enables you to add precise levels of differentiation that exactly match your class' current ability making this highly engaging lesson accessible to every age range in KS2 or HA yr2. Multiple extension options included in each sheet too.
- Lesson 4 (optional - other options below): PSHE, Topic, Art and Writing all combine into this creative, cross-curricula learning experience.
- Teachers' Notes including useful website links and other information.
Extra Lessons/Activities for added value and flexibility:
- Custom, professionally designed colouring sheet
- Creative thinking and art based activity sheet
- Fireworks art activity
- An extra creative thinking, writing and art activity that will keep your class busy for 30 - 60 mins depending on your class!
Super Value: 11 worksheets in total, with lots of extension options meaning hours of cross-curricular learning included.
We love this pack and cannot wait to teach it ourselves!
All images either sourced via creative commons 1.0 or owned by The Future Teacher Foundation.
Are you looking for clear Guy Fawkes Vocabulary? I have collected together the key words students need to know about Guy Fawkes and Bonfire night. It is a great resource for anyone who want to create an instant display about Guy Fawkes in their classroom.
You could look at it directly as a presentation and discuss the different objects being shown in each of the photos.
You could print off and laminate the photos to make an interesting, eye-catching display about Guy Fawkes Vocabulary.
The students could also take the laminated photos and sort them into different sorts of Guy Fawkes Vocabulary. They can discuss the different activities and which they enjoy the most and why.
The photos could also be used as prompts for creative writing, factual writing or descriptive writing.
The Fire of London: A 40 page powerpoint split into sections
Introduction: Looks at London and its location in the UK
What was it like in London long ago: Looks at the houses, materials and London Bridge
What was it like in the 1600s: Pictures and descriptions of rich and poor people; the Civil War; Charles II; and the Black Death
What happened in 1666 and how do we know about it: Samuel Pepys and John Evelyn, and a timeline
The Great Fire of London: Story in diary style about the events that happened during the fire with excerpts from Samuel Pepys diary.
What happened after the fire: Rebuilding, Christopher Wren's plans and a view of London then and now.
Questions: Asks children questions to recap learning. including an event ordering activity.
WORKSHEETS (IN PDF TO PRINT OUT)
Acrostic poem sheets x 3 different versions
Blank writing frame: To write about the different events of the fire
Cards - pictures and labels: Containing key vocabulary / characters etc. Can be used for card games and display.
Diary writing sheet
Newspaper report blank
Newspaper report - The London Gazette heading, with space for children to write a report
Sequencing pictures - 6 pictures to cut and stick in the order of events
Speech bubble questions - Can be used for writing activities or display
Topic covers x5: With and without pictures for the children to colour /design topic book front cover
Word Mat - with key vocabulary and pictures for the topic
Wordsearch x 2
Writing border x 3: Lined, plain and wider lines
Writing sheet x 4 with pictures of Samuel Pepys, John Evelyn, Fire scene and a 17th century house.
DISPLAY (IN PDF TO PRINT OUT)
Banner - The Great Fire of London - prints onto 2 pages
Display borders: 2 different versions, flames and Tower Bridge on fire
Photographs of modern London (14)
Pictures of the Fire of London
Portraits of people involved in the Great Fire of London
The London Gazette, reporting about the Fire
The Londoners Lamentation, a pamphlet written just after the fire
Timeline posters: 17 pages, including weather reports for each day.
Vocabulary display with pictures