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History timeline for display - easily adapted

History timeline for display - easily adapted

Goes from the dinosaurs through key periods of history to the present day. Use MS Word to adapt it. I have added the Stone, Bronze, Iron and Middle Ages to the updated version. As well as the first public railway in 1825, England winning the World Cup in 1966 and the 2012 Olympics.

By MrColleyMaths

Roman Villa

Roman Villa

Roman villa lessonslesson one-Introduction to Roman Villa and key features Then a long term task pupils design a Roman estate agent booklet by being a Roman estate agent (word doc)The word doc is a 7 page booklet of roman villa budget task, students have a budget of 8,000 denarii to budget building a villa with rooms and fetures and then students produce a booklet to describe the villa (good for numeracy and literacy-pursuasive writing) work doc can be photopied in to an A5 booklet for pupils to plan their own villa. Explains key rooms, extras and features of Roman Villas

By leighbee23

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Roman Shields

Roman Shields

Powerpoint showing several photos of Roman shields that I made leading into an activity where children design their own Roman shield based on certain criteria.The children went on to design their own Roman Shields and then made then with cardboard and painted them.Perfect for giving them ideas! NEW! (Oct, 2015)As a BONUS I have now included a completely unique animated Roman timeline I made that can be included in your own presentations as I have converted to movie format. Thank you to all those that have downloaded and commented upon my resource.

By dave_orritt

Olympics games- ancient to modern

Olympics games- ancient to modern

An introduction to the ancient olympics and modern olympics, this lesson covers the history of the olympic games It also has a countries research task for students to doThere is also a long term project for students to design their own olympic games as a host nation These resources are useful for student to learn about the Olympics before the Brazil 2016 Olympic games this summer.

By leighbee23

Fun Class Assembly  Ancient 'Greeks Got Talent!'

Fun Class Assembly Ancient 'Greeks Got Talent!'

Just finished this assembly with my Y5 class, it went so well and they loved it. It involves an 'X factor' style show where each Greek god auditions to be king of the gods, whilst telling the audience a little bit about the Ancient Greeks. It involves throwing confetti at the audience, a dance routine to music from Disney's Hercules, and a boy dressing up as Cheryl Cole....if you want. Adapt and use as you want. Enjoy.

By koolkat123uk

Roman Gladiators

Roman Gladiators

Powerpoint that explains a popular form of Roman entertainment. Includes a gladiator labelling and sport broadcasting tasks

By leighbee23

Roman army

Roman army

A series of three lessons on the Roman Army- based on recruitment and why the army was successful. Includes three tasks labelling, card sort, spy task, recruitment advert task.Lots of high quality resources for KS2 and KS3 students

By leighbee23

Tolland Man Murder Mystery - interpreting evidence using inference

Tolland Man Murder Mystery - interpreting evidence using inference

This lesson is an introduction to the mystery of the Tolland Peat Bog Man and what happened to him. This lesson is designed to get younger KS3 pupils questioning evidence. They have to make a decision as to whether he was murdered, committed suicide or it was an accident. Pupils should work in pairs and the teacher drip feeds the information gradually to encourage pupils to form opinions and have them challenged. They then can present their decision to the rest of the class using the evidence.Contains three worksheets, full lesson plans and a fully animated Powerpoint presentation like a news report.

By PerfidiaBlackheart

Pompeii

Pompeii

Lesson that looks at Pompeii used alongside the BBC Pompeii last day drama. Good lesson to illustrate the importance of Pompeii as it allowed Historians to find out lots about everyday Roman Life. Resource includes information about what happened in Pompeii and a news broadcast task. (The Pompeii last day drama is available on You Tube)

By leighbee23

Writing Technique Practice and Improvement -Otzi the Iceman Topic (but  adaptable to many subjects)

Writing Technique Practice and Improvement -Otzi the Iceman Topic (but adaptable to many subjects)

Writing activity with analysis, scaffolds and samples to teach effective writing technique and improve student written responses. Writing Technique Practice and Improvement -Otzi the Iceman Topic (but the technique shown is adaptable to many subjects to create stronger answers). Use of this technique as shown WILL raise student results with applied properly to 'bump up' virtually all students to a higher mark level. Use of additional steps plus as pre-marking review and feedback by peers and or teacher will also aid this.Learning Objectives-students learn about, practice and develop their writing technique to help them build stronger written responses to improve their written communication and earn stronger marks by learning a few simple techniques.Highly effective and well resourced using 'IDEA ACE' model. full and detailed lesson plan provided with clear instructionshighly detailed resources includedfully adaptable to a range of subjects but using 'Otzi the Iceman' as a modelfully editable so you can adapt to your needssample responses included with analysis modela great time-save for you, more importantly, use of this easy approach WILL help your students improve their written response and therefore improve their academic performance.

By gcmem

Viking Longship interactive notebook foldable

Viking Longship interactive notebook foldable

The foldable is in two parts inside and outside the longship. Students can colour how they wish. This resource will be a brilliant accompaniment to support of vikings topics at either primary or secondary school. Resource includes:1) The foldable to cut out2) 'model' pictures to show how the ship can be stuck together. (Note: the tab to stick down is the flag)

By TRJ

Medieval History Bundle

Medieval History Bundle

4x fully resourced lesson packs - all complete with differentiated powerpoints and worksheets, clip links, starters, plenaries, LOs to three levels throughout. Designed to meet Ofsted Good-Outstanding criteria by a experienced History teacher in a UK secondary school. Suitable for KS3 and easy to adapt. I'm going to keep adding to this, so if you buy it check your downloads now and again as I'll have added something new :)

By History_Geek

The Delian League in a nutshell

The Delian League in a nutshell

Outlines the Delian League. Great for introducing the topic and also as revision resource.Tags: Delian League, Persian Wars, Ancient History, Presentation, Revision, Simple, Accessible, key points, concepts, outline.

By MHaji07

Greek Myths: Echo and Narcissus

Greek Myths: Echo and Narcissus

This interesting and highly-stimulating lesson enables students to gain a clear and understanding of the key meanings in the Greek Myth ‘Echo and Narcissus.’ Through engagement with the story, students learn to interpret and infer the key meanings in the text, understand its predominant morals, and back up their ideas with textual evidence.The lesson follows a clear, logical, bite-size learning journey, which guides students towards differentiated learning objectives. Over the course of this journey, they become able to:- Define the key term 'moral' and identify the morals in popular tales;- Read the story 'Echo and Narcissus' and interpret the key meanings;- Identify, explain, and analyse the moral of the story in 'Echo and Narcissus';- Engage deeply with the text by inferring the thoughts and feelings of the key characters; - Test their understanding of the story by answering an exam-style comprehension question.-Peer assess each other's learning attempts.This resource pack includes:- A visually engaging whole-lesson PowerPoint presentation;;- Paper copies and online links to the extract needed for the lesson (end section of Act Two);- Greek Myths Definitions Cards;- Greek Myths worksheet (including answer sheet for teachers);- A logically scaffolded essay template;- A detailed lesson plan, complete with what the teacher and students should aim to achieve at each stage of the lesson.All images are licensed for commercial use, and are cited on the final slide of the PowerPoint.

By TandLGuru

Pandora's Box Assembly or Class Play

Pandora's Box Assembly or Class Play

Ancient Greek Myths Pandora's Box Assembly or Class PlayThis class play can be used as an assembly (for performance) or as a class play, to be read within the classroom.Cast of 30 - easily adaptable up or downDuration - around 15 - 20 minutes reading not including music suggestions.The Seven Deadly Sins plus all those Vices? No wonder our Narrator is worried! But as with all good stories, this one has a happy ending - well, maybe not for all those baddies!This is one of a collection of Ancient Greek Myth scripts – assemblies and guided reading scripts, sold as separate and combined products. This play could also be used as a PSHE resource – on resisting temptation, and the victory of good (hope) over evil (Seven Deadly Sins plus, in this case 19 Vices).Sample Text:Music 5 – You’re Beautiful – James Blunt(Epimetheus sings love song to Pandora)Narrator: (Indicating for music to stop) Yes, yes. We get it! Young love!Epimetheus: Oh come on! Look at this perfect woman? How could I possibly resist?Narrator: (To audience) Aha! Somebody else who couldn’t resist temptation!(To Pandora) No offence to you, madam.(To Epimetheus) But did you not look a little deeper? I mean, yes, she’s undoubtedly beautiful but(Optional burst of The Price You Pay – Bruce Springsteen)Pandora: (Angrily) Oh right! It’s the blond argument, right? The ‘well, if she looks that good, there can’t be much underneath’? No spirit, heh?Music 6 Missionary Man – Eurythmics(Pandora throws off her ‘pretty clothes’ displaying a much stronger image)Narrator: (Holding up hand for music to stop) Whoa! That’s not the Perfect Pandora I was expecting!Epimetheus: (Gasping) And that’s not a side of my wife I’ve ever seen before!Pandora: Of course not! You only ever wanted me to be that perfect ‘domestic goddess’ – sitting around, looking pretty, staring vacantly out to space!Epimetheus: Well, isn’t that what wives are supposed to do?Narrator: Not this one, I suspect!(Optional excerpt of Thorn in my Side – Eurythmics – Pandora strutting up and down)Narrator: (Holding hand up) OK. Yes, we’ve got it! So underneath all that sweetness was a whole heap of frustration!Pandora: More like mega boredom! I mean, what was I supposed to do all day?Epimetheus: Stay out of mischief?

By suesplays

Characters from the Fall of Troy worksheet

Characters from the Fall of Troy worksheet

A worksheet designed to go along side listening to/ watching the story of the Fall of Troy.Many pupils find it a challenge to remember each character and what they do in the story. This activity is aimed at helping them to make sense for themselves of who is who and that their role is.

By Miffymimi

History: Booklet on the Ancient Egyptians to complete

History: Booklet on the Ancient Egyptians to complete

3rd/4th Class, age 8+This document is a booklet on Life in Ancient Egypt. It can be printed out in A5 and a copy given to each pupil. It can be used as an assessment after the unit of work is completed. It could also be used alongside a presentation on Ancient Egypt that the children fill in after each section. This booklet has questions on areas such as Pharaohs, land, Pyramids, clothing, Gods, mummification, education, hunting, etc.

By mcleanedel

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Ancient Egypt -  Mummification presentations, worksheets and lesson plan.

Ancient Egypt - Mummification presentations, worksheets and lesson plan.

2017 Update.Resources mainly based around mummification but loads of other resources too! There is a movie file (converted from mac keynote) into a presentation file, lesson plan (which obtained outstanding.) I have also converted this to Powerpoint including videos. Also have included the original Mac Keynote and a 'reports lesson in mac format and Powerpoint conversion file! UPDATE: I have re-uploaded the 'mummification pics' in pdf format as well as the original microsoft word format due to review comments, photos are now viewable in several formats :-)

By dave_orritt

Easter - Easter Story

Easter - Easter Story

1 hour PP, 3 worksheets, clip link, activity, fully resourced one hour lesson focussing on the history and religious significance of Easter. Suitable for KS3/2 Variety of different level tasks for MA,LA or Core Differentiated to 3 levels or more Designed to fit Ofsted criteria for' Good' or aboveMany more cheap and free resources at my shop: Emjcot's ShopLeave me a review and pick any other resource for free :)There is an easter food tasting activity sheet (also on PP) but it's optional and the lesson still works well without. Nice as an end of term treat though, I find!

By EC_Resources

Year 5/6 Topic Plan Ancient Greece - Including myths, newspaper, mythical beast report

Year 5/6 Topic Plan Ancient Greece - Including myths, newspaper, mythical beast report

Here is a topic topic plan with a range of ideas which can be used with KS2. This has been tried and tested as one of the most successful topics I've taught in year 5/6!Included are the following original model texts written by myself which can be used for the Talk for Writing process or however you choose featuring the requirements of the new expected and greater depth standard:-An original Non Chronological report about the Minotaur- An invented mythical creature report - A boxed up plan for planning a new creature - A version of the Perseus & Medusa Myth- An original myth - The story of the Trojan war-A newspaper report about the Trojan War

By Rjay85

The American West: Exoduster & Oklahoma Land Rush. GCSE 1-9.

The American West: Exoduster & Oklahoma Land Rush. GCSE 1-9.

This lesson has been designed for the GCSE Edexcel American West module. All outcomes are linked with Paper Two's Assessment Objectives 1 & 2. The focus of this lesson is to build pupils knowledge regarding the continued developments of settlement in the West. 1. Exoduster Movement (1879)2. Oklahoms Land Rush (1893)Pupils begin with a re-cap of different impacts of migration by studying American Progress, an 1872 painting by John Gast.Pupils then have a card sort activity to build their understanding of the causes and consequences of the Exoduster Movement 1879. Pupils then condust an inquiry of the Oklahoma Land Rush 1893 by viewing a video (embedded) and using a worksheet to consider the different perspectives in relation to this (Plains Indians V Settlers). Pupils then consolidate with an exam style question (Mark shceme Provided). Videos are embedded and links and further advice can be found within the description of the presentation. you may need the Edexcel GCSE 1-9 American West Text Book to support part of this lesson if you wish.

By morlem

Edexcel GCSE 9-1 History Crime and Punishment c1000-c1700

Edexcel GCSE 9-1 History Crime and Punishment c1000-c1700

This Bundle includes all of the teaching material for the first two sections of the Crime and Punishment c1000-present Paper 1 topic. 16 fully resourced lessons which include PowerPoints, key word lists, self assessment grids, example questions, card sorts, worksheets and literacy support. No textbook required.

By planmylesson

The Black Death

The Black Death

An hour long, fully resourced lesson with powerpoint, differentiated tasks throughout, worksheets, clip link and accompanying task focusing on an introduction to the Black Death, causes, cures and sources. Designed to meet Ofsted Good-Outstanding criteria by a experienced History teacher in a UK secondary school.

By History_Geek

KS2 Planning Packs - Mega Bundle!

KS2 Planning Packs - Mega Bundle!

Download our most popular and well-loved planning packs from KS2history, all in one brilliant mega bundle! Each pack contains a full unit of work (detailed planning and accompanying resources) and is built around the 2014 National Curriculum for KS2. This is an excellent investment for KS2 teachers, subject co-ordinators and school leaders. All of our lessons are planned by outstanding teachers. History packs: - Stone Age to Iron Age Pack - Romans in Britain Pack - Shang Dynasty - Benin Kingdom Pack Literacy Packs - Escape from Pompeii - How to Wash a Woolly Mammoth - Egyptian Cinderella - Victorian Poetry - Beowulf - Romans Literacy Pack (Instructions) - Stone Age Boy

By KS2History

Stone Age Boy Literacy Planning

Stone Age Boy Literacy Planning

The original Stone Age Boy resource pack from KS2History.A two-week unit of work for Years 3/4 based on the book 'Stone Age Boy', with full lesson plans and pupil resources.Based on the 2014 National Curriculum. The unit uses drama, discussion and debate to help pupils to engage with the text and then gives them the opportunity to write and edit their own Stone Age narratives. There is also a grammar focus on using adverbials of time and place and a chance to develop thesaurus skills. The literacy objectives covered in this unit are: - To ask and answer questions about a text- To use a thesaurus to improve my writing- To use adverbials of time and place- To prepare a short drama piece based on a text- To take part in a class debate- To make a story plan- To write my own narrative- To edit my writing- To make decisions about how to present my writingThe PDF file contains 10 lessons and 7 pupil resource sheets.

By KS2History