This KS3 lesson should take at least one hour to complete. The Power Point leads students through all activities with accompanying resources included.
Aims and Objectives:
- To consider the problems which William faced immediately after the Battle of Hastings.
- To understand that he applied different methods to each of these problems.
- To empathise with people who lived through the Norman Conquest.
Activities include a think, pair, share starter considering what William’s potential problems might be and how he may address them. His problems are then summarised as 1) Controlling population 2) Resistance in the north 3) Collecting taxes and tackled separately. An extended source is analysed to understand how the resistance in the north was handled. The nature of hierarchies is introduced via modern-day examples before students complete their own diagram of the feudal system using the structure and jumbled phrases. An SEN version is also included. Students consider who they would most/least like to have been. A five minute video is finally used to explain the Domesday Book.
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Medieval Realms: Full Unit of Study
This KS3 unit of study should take at least 15 hours to complete. There is a Power Point included for every lesson which leads students through the activities and provides advice and guidance where required. In teaching/loose chronological order, the lessons include: * What was life like in the Middle Ages? * Who should be king? Claimants in 1066 * Events leading up to the Battle of Hastings * Why did William win the Battle of Hastings? * How did William control England? * How far did castle design improve during the Middle Ages? * Why was religion so important to people in the Middle Ages? * Who was to blame for the murder of Thomas Becket? * How did people in the Middle Ages view the Black Death? * Did Robin Hood really exist? There are a great range of activities including discussion, problem solving, card sorting and ranking, source analysis, comparison of continuity vs. change, introduction to explanatory essay writing and evaluative essay writing and board game creation. There are three formal assessment- the explanatory essay on why William won the Battle of Hastings, the comparative writing on developments in castle design and the evaluative writing on whether or not Robin Hood was real. Writing frames and mark schemes are included for these. For more details, please refer to individual lesson summaries.
The Battle of Hastings: Full Unit of Study
This KS3 unit of study should take around seven hours to complete. There is a Power Point included for every lesson which leads students through the activities and provides advice and guidance where required. In teaching/chronological order, the lessons include: * Who should be king? Claimants to the throne in 1066 * Events leading up to the Battle of Hastings * Why did William win the Battle of Hastings? * How did William control England? * How far did castle design improve during the MAs? There are a great range of activities including discussion, problem-solving, argument formation, chronological ordering, formal essay writing and comparative writing. The two formal assessments are the essay on "Why William won?" and the comparative writing on castle development. Support, advice, writing frames and mark schemes are provided for both of these. To avoid completing two asessments in quick succession, I generally teach the castles lesson a little later having looked at other medieval topics such as living conditions and religion in between. For more details, please refer to individual lessons.
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