Spanish Armada - reasons for failure

Lesson 12 of 12 that links to the English Reformation, beginning with Martin Luther and documenting the changes under the various Tudor monarchs.

This lesson examines the reasons for the failure of the Spanish Armada.

Students will look in detail at:

  • keywords that arise
  • 16th century galleons
  • the events of the invasion of the Armada
  • reasons for the failure of the Armada

This is a long lesson, and could be taught over two classes, with the second lesson concentrating on analysing the significance of the various factors.

This is part of a series of lessons that aims to encompass the new 9-1 GCSE skills into Key Stage 3.

Lessons are colourful and engaging and match the content of the new Exploring History textbook from Pearson, although the textbook is not necessary for any of the tasks.

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  • 5.-Reasons-for-the-defeat-of-the-Spanish-Armada.docx

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Created: Jan 12, 2020

Updated: Feb 18, 2020

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