Top 20 History resources

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10th January 2020
History Top 20 resources of 2020

Check out these top 20 free and premium history resources downloaded on Tes in 2019

January is the month of new beginnings and new years resolutions; so why not start the spring term as you mean to go on and download some of the most popular history resources of 2019 uploaded by teachers for teachers. 

Top 10 Premium Resources 

Edexcel 9-1 GCSE - American West Revision Guide

Edexcel 9-1 GCSE
American West 1835-1895
New 2016 Specification

Revision guide covering the complete American West topic.
Contains detailed top level (Grade 9)l knowledge on all aspects of the course, covering the specification from Edexcel
Includes over 30 exam questions (Consequences, Importance and Narrative Analysis) with 'how to' guide
Knowledge Organiser included alongside contents page
Visually laid out revision guide with images aiding information.

Can be used for revision, homework, interleaving, within class teaching and as a basis for a workbook.

Cheap to print for students (70p a copy) which is cheaper than purchasing multiple revision guides which can lack detailed content for higher ability students.

Please see my other lessons and resources
Feedback welcome

By MrThorntonTeach

SOW - Anglo-Saxon and Norman England (Applicable to new GCSE specifications)

Entire series of lessons; with end of unit assessment also created

All lessons come with differentiated resources.

There are several assessment tasks and knowledge recall tests included as well.

All feedback welcome.
By Change Continuity

AQA History Paper 1 Full Guidance and Question Structure Strips

These are updated following response from AQA to confirm queries on structure. Hours of work, checked with the exam board and all yours for a measly fee. Check out the Paper 2 Guidance on the link below or look at emjank to find the companion. Also only £2.

For Paper 2 see :
By kimi2301

Lesson 1: GCSE 1-9 Edexcel Whitechapel - Intro to skills and knowledge.

Please leave feedback on this lesson to help other teachers. This lesson is also available as part of a discounted bundle to save you a bit of money. I am adding a small charge to the rest of the lessons in this topic due to the time it has taken to produce.

A resource and activity heavy start for your students to really get them into the role of a police officer at the time of the Whitechapel murders. The lesson is structured as:
1. Introduction to the three question types
2. A 'Metropolitan Police Examination' to establish student prior knowledge and promote interest
3. A certificate for use after the examination.
4. A task to allow the students time to use any book you have to examine to variety of sources available from the time and set out their thoughts about strengths and weaknesses of these. This will give students the opportunity to read through the chapter and start forming knowledge of their own.
5. Example source questions about usefulness and asking questions.
6. A homework sheet about the Trafalgar Demonstrations and Bloody Sunday using the evidence provided.
By RAResources

Democracy - Citizenship

A detailed double lesson on the history and origins of British democracy lesson with detailed PowerPoint, well differentiated resources, worksheets and clips. This lesson is adaptable, very easy to follow and useful for British Values or Citizenship GCSE.

Our PSHE / GCSE Citizenship resources have been designed to be engaging, detailed and easy to follow. All our resources are editable (so easy to adapt for your classes) and are designed to last one hour each.

You can find many more inexpensive and free PSHE, Citizenship and RE resources at my shop: EC_Resources
Leave me a review and pick any other resource for free :)

Or you can check out some of our most popular PSHE, Citizenship and RE resources below:
Mental Health PSHE Bundle
1 Whole Year of PSHE Resources
British Values Citizenship Bundle
Careers, Employment and Enterprise Bundle
Islam Bundle
Sex and Relationships Education

By EC Resources

GCSE 9-1 Edexcel Paper 2 Structure Strips - Consequence, Importance and Narrative Questions

9-1 GCSE
New 2016 Specification

Structure strips to aid students answering the three types of exam questions from the Edexcel 9-1 Period Depth Study from Paper 2.

Students stick to the left margin and use to aid writing assessment questions. Can be used for peer/self assessment also.

Can be used for the following topics:
● Spain and the ‘New World’, c1490–c1555
● British America, 1713–83: empire and revolution
● The American West, c1835–c1895
● Superpower relations and the Cold War, 1941–91
● Conflict in the Middle East, 1945–95.

Credit to @mrlockyer for original idea

Please see my other lessons & resources
Feedback welcome
By MrThorntonTeach

The First World War Complete Unit

A comprehensive unit of work covering many aspects of World War 1. Many activities to teach essential source and writing skills as well as dozens of unique literacy activities.

( Note - new WW1 Beginnings eBook and *Weapons and Warfare" are updated versions that overlap some of the older files.

Basic contents : Key word activities, the causes of the war, the assassination of Franz Ferdinand, The Schlieffen Plan, trench defend and attack strategies / games, who was to blame?, life in the trenches sources and writing exercise, propaganda, the theaters of war outside Europe, The Battle Of The Somme, Why Did The USA Enter The War? Why did the Soviet Union leave? animals in wartime including debate activity, airplanes, fully resourced investigation : Haig, Hero Butcher or Bungler, crossword and other review puzzles and timeline activities, comprehensive end of unit assessment.

Updated : now includes a comprehensive ‘Trial of Haig’ activity.

Skills : source analysis and evaluation, extended writing, cartoon interpretation, questioning photographic evidence, empathy letter writing exercise frames.

Includes Teaching Guide / Ideas / Web Links.

By Phil @icHistory

New AQA GCSE Germany 1890-1945 SOW Part 1/3

Lessons 1-6 of the new AQA GCSE unit on Germany. All lessons come fully resourced with powerpoints and other useful sources and key words lists. This is specifically tailored to following the Oxford AQA GCSE textbook (see cover image).

Lesson 1 - timeline
Lesson 2 - What was Germany like before the First World War
Lesson 3 - Germany and the First World War
Lesson 4 - What was the Weimar Republic?
Lesson 5 - Year of Crises
Lesson 6 - Hitler and the Munich Putsch
By brosser24

GCSE HISTORY Edexcel (1-9) How to answer all types of exam question (Papers 1-3).

After 2 years teaching the new specification, I have developed these student friendly posters/mats/handouts which will allow students to structure and understand the demands of each type of question for each of the 3 exam papers.

—Each contains example sentence starters using the P.E.E.L appraoch.
—Source based questions for Paper 1 and 3 also have an additional poster.
—Also includes a GCSE literacy sheet with sentence starters and general rules - I have successfully used this with KS3 students.
—I personally teach Elizabeth, AW, C&P and Germany and these have been illustrated with example questions. However, I have another ‘blank’ set which you can add to with your own unit title.

—On the last slide, I have included 4 sheets which can then be copied onto A3 and laminated for the students if needed.

Hopefully these will save people a lot of time and most of all be useful for your students.

By RAResources

AQA GCSE History Revision: Power and the People - Revision Placemats

AQA GCSE History Revision: Power and the People - Revision Placemats

This resource includes 11 revision placemats covering all the topics of the new AQA GCSE topic, Power and the People. The placemats contain a mini summary of the topic, an in-depth summary of the causes, events and consequences of each event and also an explanation of how each of the different factors affected the ‘story’ of the named historical event. Each placemat is titled:

• The Magna Carta
• Simon de Montfort
• The Peasants Revolt
• The Pilgrimage of Grace
• The English Civil War
• The American War of Independence
• The Chartists
• Campaigns and Reformers
• Trade Unions
• Women’s Rights
• The Rights of Ethic Minorities

If you have found this resource useful or want to get even more value for your money please follow this link to find a bundle of over 30 revision placemats covering a variety of AQA GCSE History topics: Major AQA GCSE History Revision Bundle
By matthew_nolan

Top 10 Free Resources 

Triangular Trade Slavery

An hour long, fully resourced lesson with powerpoint, differentiated tasks throughout, worksheets, clip link and accompanying task focusing on the Triangular Trade and who was to blame for the start of transatlantic slavery. Designed to meet Ofsted Good-Outstanding criteria by a experienced History teacher in a UK secondary school.

By History_Geeks

9-1 Edexcel History Learning/Topic Placemats for Superpower Relations and The Cold War - Topic 1

9-1 Edexcel History Learning/Topic Placemats for Superpower Relations and The Cold War - Topic 1 -Origins of the Cold War 1945-58

These interactive learning placemats were designed to meet the challenges of the new 9-1 GCSE. They build upon the successful Medicine Through Time Placemats that I previously designed (and which received 5* reviews by all who have purchased them up to the time of launching these new materials – see: ). The new placemats have been identified as best practice during a ‘Challenge Partners’ review as well as being identified as best practice by other History teachers on the Olevi ‘Outstanding Teacher Programme’.

The new design learning placemats support both teachers and students in addressing the:
a) dramatic increase in the curriculum content needed for the different units
b) support the need for increased literacy demands
c) help students become familiar and more confident in recognising the correct response needed for the unprecedented number of different question styles

The placemats are designed to be double sided. One side focuses on the CONTENT: providing an overview of key knowledge and understanding needed (this will change for each topic area within this GCSE unit).

Every placemat across the GCSE range is designed to encourage greater understanding of:
1. Historical Context - through timelines, picture prompts and key words

2. Awareness of the ‘big picture’ so students can see how individual lessons fit into the unit and make clearer links between prior and future learning – through ‘Big Picture’ questions.

3. Better Literacy – through selected ‘language for learning’ vocab box.

4. Memory prompts to support revision – through the use of carefully selected images.

5. Increased awareness of metacognition – through PME (Progress, Monitor and Evaluation Time) questions to encourage students to deconstruct their learning and identify key factors (eg. Social, economic, political) or key individuals and make links between features. A pictorial metacognition man with 5 question prompts will support student reflection.

6. A confidence thermometer is also included as a prompt to identify student confidence in the topic.

The reverse side contains guidance on EXAM TECHNIQUE through:
1. Identifying the nature of the question styles for each GCSE Unit and the allocated marks available
2. Examiners levelled mark schemes
3. Support writing frames with generic sentence starter
By awithey

The Holocaust PPT with Supporting Resources

A PPT that covers : Jewish history Background, Reasons for Persecution, the Nuremberg Laws, Propaganda, Kristallnacht, The Warsaw Ghetto, Einsatzgruppen, The Final Solution.

The PDF activities cover the above in more depth plus witness accounts and skills activities.

Direct Youtube link here :
By Phil @icHistory

9-1 British Medicine: Surgery in the Industrial Revolution Revision Sheet

GCSE British Medicine Through Time
New 2016 Specification
Grades 9-1
Can be used for AQA, Edexcel, OCR or iGCSE exam boards.

Revision/summary sheet covering the progress in surgery during the Industrial Revolution (Antiseptics, Anaesthetic and Aseptic Surgery) including the key individuals James Simpson and Joseph Lister

Part of Medieval 1750-1900 Medicine topic.

Please see my other lessons & resources
Feedback welcome!
By MrThorntonTeach

The Great Plague of 1665-6

A lesson plan which enables pupils to learn about the plague and to learn how the lives, beliefs, ideas and attitudes of people in Britain have changed over time.

By nationalarchives

Hardwick Hall Environmental Study AQA GCSE 9-1

  • This guide is aimed at both teachers and students to help them study, revise and be prepared for the AQA Elizabeth Historic Environment question for 2018. I have broken down the main details into manageable chunks using the 5 W’s.

  • This guide focuses on the main concepts of location, function, structure, design, people connected to it, the culture, values and fashions of the time and how the site links to important events of the period.

  • I also have had it checked and approved by Carmel Bones who has said, “Your guide provides all the knowledge and understanding students will need. But more than this it allows them to go beyond the ‘bricks and mortar’ to know the context about the Renaissance, Great Rebuilding, New technology Peaceful nature of the country and the growing wealth and prosperity in Elizabethan England.”

  • I would welcome any reviews on this resource which would be much appreciated. If you like the resource, please check out my AQA Elizabeth Revision Guide, c.1568-1603 at my shop

By PilgrimHistory

The Enigma Machine

In the Enigma Machine lesson, students will learn the intricacies of cryptography used in World War II to convey secret messages to soldiers in the field. Students will start by looking at a simple shift cipher and will create their own cipher wheel to send and receive encoded messages. Students will then learn about the German Enigma Machine and will run a web-based emulated version to better understand how it works. Finally, students will discover how the Allies broke the Enigma’s code in WWII and the effect that had on winning the war. Part of this lesson was adapted from a lesson plan by Northern Illinois University.

Topics addressed:
Basic cryptography and relevant vocabulary
Shift ciphers and how they encode plain text using a simple algorithm
The Enigma Machine and its impact on the outcome of World War II
Primary CT concept: algorithms. Students will consider different algorithms used in various forms of cryptography, including the very complicated logic involved in the Enigma Machine.

Students will be able to:
Explain why cryptography is necessary to keep messages secret
Explain the algorithm of a simple shift cipher
Understand at a high level how the Enigma Machine operates
Understand at a high level how the Enigma Machine was defeated

PowerPoint presentation
Shift cipher template and instructions

Suggested lesson breakdown:
10-15min – introduction to cryptography
10-15min – students create and test cipher wheels
5min – discussion on shift cipher
7min – Enigma Machine video
10min – Enigma Machine web emulator
10min – Cracking the Enigma Machine video
By Eli Sheldon

World War 2 PowerPoint

An interactive PowerPoint with links to resources and media clips.

The Causes of WW2 area is complete plus connects to resources on the Holocaust too.

Suggestions to add to this resource most welcome.
By Phil @icHistory

Rich Victorians- A Comparison between rich and poor.

Learning Objectives: To investigate the differences between the lives of Rich and Poor Victorians.
Word of the lesson: Comparison

The main task is to create a spider diagram with findings from the sources about rich Victorians and then to compare this to what they have learned in all of the previous lessons about the poor during the Industrial Revolution.
By LBonnesen

The Great Plague 1665 KS3

A lesson looking at the plague, plague doctors and living conditions in 1665 London.
Intended for KS3, but I used the bulk of it also for a GCSE lesson.

This lesson may contain elements of other work. It is free and is intended to stay free. Please support the teaching community by sharing, crediting and helping freely.
By azreal1983

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