This KS3 topic covers a single lesson and introduces the course on The Tudors by providing students with a complete overview of the monarchs. It’s simple but effective and I’ve had fantastic justified reasons from students when I’ve used it.
Aims and Objectives:
- To know the Tudor family tree and the order in which they reigned.
- To know a few basic facts about each of the Tudor monarchs.
- To compare their reigns and make a judgement on who was the greatest Tudor monarch.
The starter focuses on the family tree and establishes the order and reasons for reigns. We then work through each of the monarchs, whilst students rank them on a continuum from worst to best. I’ve always made them note down two reasons for each but the information sheet could equally be adapted into cards for them to order. Students are then asked to make an independent judgement on which monarch was the greatest and we discuss the choices at the end.