The Gunpowder Plot

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15th October 2019

Celebrate Bonfire night with your students by digging into the history behind this wintery festival

'Remember remember the fifth of November; gunpowder, treason and plot!' As November draws nearer, educate students on the causes and consequences that have led to the modern day celebration of bonfire night!


Students (and teaching staff alike) love a good consipracy theory. Delight your learners using one of these featured lessons below, exploring whether or not Guy Fawkes and his gang truly were treasonous conspiritors or religious scapegoats.

Gunpowder Plot

Fully resourced lesson which has been taught to Y7.

By historyresources7292

Gunpowder Plot

This lesson is based on the Renaissance, Revolution and Reformation KS3 textbooks and the Historyonics documentary on the Gunpowder Plot (available on YouTube-please check it is still there before purchasing!)

The lesson includes a range of activities involving source analysis and using this to form a written judgement as well as making notes in a directed way from the documentary. The PPT also contains success criteria to help guide the students and differentiation (red=least challenging up to green=most challenging).

Please feel free to ask any questions :)

By Dani0704

The Tudors & Stuarts. Lesson 13 'Was the Gunpowder Plot a set-up?'

Students work through a range of activities, for example sequencing and evidence analysis to determine if the facts suggest that the Gunpowder Plot was a set-up. They present their findings in a newspaper article which is used to develop examination skills. Clear step by step instructions included.

By PlanMyLesson .

The Gunpowder Plot

The series of lessons include ...

Key Vocab / literacy
Religion sort
Reasons for the plot / timeline summary
Plot review activity
By Ichistory


We have collected a selection of lessons and activites directed at KS4 students studying the Crime and Punishment unit for the new specification GCSE. Featured activities include source analysis, written essay practice and exam technique.

The Gunpowder Plot, Edexcel GCSE

A lesson for Edexcel on crime and punishment. GCSE. History.

By karlfenn23

Lesson 14 Edexcel GCSE History 1-9 Crime and Punishment - CASE STUDY GUNPOWDER PLOT

Full of animations, colour and activities. Students explore the causes, events and consequences of the plot.
Starter: Students to be given or asked to look at an illustration of the execution of the plotters - what can they see happening?
Overview - a mixture of short video links, timelines and background knowledge behind the plot.
Task - students given a mixed up set of facts which can either be printed and turned into sort cards or printed on A4 for the students to sort themselves on paper.
Task - students then look at the consequences of the plot for the plotters and explain why the punishments were so serious and how this event caused a change in more anti-Catholic attitudes at the time.
By RAResources

Guy Fawkes Two Lessons

Two lessons here, one focuses on source analysis surrounding the plot with a carousel activity and GCSE style question based on the new OCR spec. The second lesson investigates whether the plot was a government conspiracy with a card sort and a class debate at the end. lots of short chunked tasks.
By Excalibur Education

Early Modern England: Gunpowder Plot

Differentiated resource that is self assessment so reduces teacher marking. It has a target strip to help students focus their writing.
By Billied91

Whole School

Bonfire night doesnt have to be exclusive to Humanities - incorproate the gunpowder plot into other areas of your school using some of these lesson and worksheet resources.

Guy Fawkes Nacht - Bonfire Night

The activities on this worksheet allow pupils to learn topic related vocabulary. They complete a conversation between Guy Fawkes and one of his friends, practise perfect tense and write a short paragraph about Bonfire Night. Further studies into the topic are possible through cross-curricular links with history or guided Internet research. Please feed back. Thanks.
By rosered27

Gunpowder Plot. What if? Numeracy Tasks

What if the Gunpowder Plot had succeeded?
Here's a fun activity linking History with some numeracy tasks.
Pupils should be given a map of 1605 London (found on ppt) and work out the radius impact areas a successful explosion could have had.
They also have to work out a possible escape route for Guy Fawkes to an awaiting ship near Tower Bridge, calculate the distance he'd travel and the time he'd take.
There's also a question to work out if Fawkes would have made it beyond the blast zones in time.
Questions are based on the Numeracy Framework. You could differentiate by giving specific questions to different abilities.
By wodewee

Guy Fawkes and bonfire night

Set of materials to use with KS2 or KS3 learners. One outcome would be work explaining the story of Guy Fawkes and how we celebrate 5 November to send to a partner school in Spain.
By rhawkes

Bonfire Night: Bonfire Night / Guy Fawkes Night Cryptogram Puzzle

This is a sample cryptogram taken from a puzzle pack containing Bonfire Night / Guy Fawkes Night themed puzzles. See below for details.

Set of 13 Differentiated Bonfire Themed Word Searches, Anagrams, Crosswords and Cryptograms

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Bonfire Night and Firework Safety Quiz

This is a fully editable, 50-question PowerPoint quiz on Bonfire Night, Guy Fawkes and Fireworks. It is ideal for use with a tutor group or for an assembly during around Bonfire Night / Guy Fawkes Night. There are 3 multiple choice answers. It can be administered in a variety of ways - to individuals or teams. Answers can be given either as you go through the quiz or at the end. An answer sheet is provided to record answers.

Sample questions:

What did Guy Fawkes change his Christian name to?

What religion was Guy Fawkes?

Which monarch was reigning at the time of the Gunpowder Plot?

How many barrels of gunpowder are said to have been hidden under the House of Lords?

When arrested what false name did Guy Fawkes give?

Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot Presentation

This is a fully editable, 45-slide PowerPoint on Guy Fawkes and his role in the Gunpowder Plot and how this has resulted in Bonfire Night. The PowerPoint ends with questions for discussion. There are hyperlinks to two videos about Guy Fawkes and Gunpowder Plot.

Bonfire Night and Firework Safety Presentation

This resource contains a 70-slide presentation on fireworks and firework safety. It includes a history of fireworks, firework records, interesting facts about fireworks, the law and fireworks, the firework code and how to stay safe on Bonfire Night. It also contains links to firework Guinness World Records, Handel’s firework music, three firework safety videos - one for very young children, one for primary aged pupils and one for secondary pupils.

By Krazikas

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