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AQA GCSE Historical Environment 2018 - Pevensey Castle Lessons
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AQA GCSE Historical Environment 2018 - Pevensey Castle Lessons

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3 Lessons I used to introduce my class to the Historical Environment of Pevensey Castle and link it into their existing knowledge. Lesson 1 recaps on previous knowledge and gets class to think about the best locations for a castle to be built and justify their decisions. The lesson then looks at the site and building of Pevensey (I’ve tried to ‘drip-feed’ as many of the provided AQA sources as possible). There is a labelling task (I’ve tried to mix up the tasks as much as possible otherwise these projects can become very dry and lecture-like). Lesson 2 - focusses more on Pevensey and examines WHY William chose that particular spot. Pupils then look at why the Normans kept an interest in Pevensey and actually improved it. There is some group/paired work to begin with and then some comprehension work using some of the provided sources - I’ve tried to pick out the key bits from the sources and provide them in an easier-to-digest way - the sheets are all included for use/editing. Lesson 3 - works a bit as a recap/introduction to the events after William I’s death - this was useful for my class before their mocks and also linked in the idea of primogeniture. The task also then links back into the importance of Pevensey and why it was involved in the clashes between William’s sons. The lesson then looks at the exam question, how to approach it and I have given the class a few questions I think might be likely (on the ppt) and asked them to plan around them in pairs. All sheets referred to in the PPT are attached - As mentioned previously, I have tried to adapt the sources given to us by AQA into something more manageable - these can be used as they are or edited to suit. The textbook referred to in Lesson 1 is AQA GCSE History: Norman England, 1066-1100 by Helena Clarke. The Video referred to in Lesson 2 is from the BBC - '1066: A Year to Conquer England feat Dan Snow - We have a copy at school - should be available on the internet somewhere, if not, it can be replaced/missed out - the clip shows the weather and conditions William faced as the Normans tried to invade - it’s included in the lesson to again, try to mix it up a bit!
Year 9 lesson - Dunkirk
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Year 9 lesson - Dunkirk

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Lesson looks at the ‘miracle’ of Dunkirk using video clips, comprehension and source analysis. Begins with a chronology starter intended to get class settled and show them the incredible speed with which the Germans were able to conquer mainland Europe. This is followed by a video and PPT explanation of the key points of Dunkirk, reinforced with a clip from the recent film. Comprehension task makes use of Modern World History for AQA: Core Students Book New Edition (AQA Modern World History 2009) - if not available this can be replaced by other source/video material. (task can also be replaced with another similar). Next part of lesson (can be made into 2 lessons if needed) looks at different interpretations of the evacuation firstly picture sources and then videos- one from a contemporary newsreel and another from the film Atonement. Class then need to analyse why the viewpoints are different. Lesson/s finish with newspaper headlines from different viewpoints and ideas for possible homeworks.
AQA GCSE History: Health & the People - John Snow and Bazalgette
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AQA GCSE History: Health & the People - John Snow and Bazalgette

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Lesson(s) begin by looking at the impact of Chadwick’s work on public health in Britain and look at the Cholera epidemics of the 1800s. This buids in to examine the impact of the work of John Snow (video and individual work) and students learn why this still didn’t result in widespread improvement in public health. Lesson then looks at the impact of the ‘Great Stink’ and (via video and textbook) the work of Joseph Bazalgette during the ‘Great Clean up’. Concludes by introducing the Second Public Health Act of 1875. Lesson is presented in an easy-to-use style and Powerpoint is self-explanatory. Slides can be printed for revision (I often get pupils to stick them into their books) Lesson makes use of AQA Medicine and Health Through Time: An SHP Development Study (SHPS)
AQA GCSE History: Normans - Lessons 11&12 - Feudalism and Government
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AQA GCSE History: Normans - Lessons 11&12 - Feudalism and Government

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Created for the new AQA GCSE: Lessons recap on William’s attempts to keep control of England before focussing on the feudal system. Similarities and differences between the Norman system and the Anglo-Saxon are identified and pupils learn how William and the Normans used the feudal system to increase control. Homework and lesson 2 focus on the Norman use of military service and their systems of government (there is again some focus on similarities and differences). Key terms of primogeniture and feudal incidents are also covered. Lessons conclude with a ‘How convincing is this interpretation?’ question either for discussion or class to attempt. Lesson is presented in an easy-to-use style and Powerpoint is self-explanatory. Textbook references: INVASION, PLAGUE AND MURDER - Oxford Hodder: Norman England 1066-c.1100 by Helena Clarke
AQA GCSE History:Conflict & Tension: Lesson 8 - League of Nations Special Commissions
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AQA GCSE History:Conflict & Tension: Lesson 8 - League of Nations Special Commissions

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Lesson recaps the peace-keeping powers of the League of Nations before looking more at the strengths and weaknesses of the League. This is supported by an exam-style source question. Pupils then look at the work of the LON special commissions, both successes and failures. This is consolidated by their completion of a quiz (attached). Lesson makes use of the new Oxford AQA Conflict and Tension textbook (green cover)
GCSE History AQA: Germany 1890-1945 - Focus on interpretation questions
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GCSE History AQA: Germany 1890-1945 - Focus on interpretation questions

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Sheet used for pupils to focus on the 3 interpretation questions on Paper One of the new GCSE. Sheet includes 2 interpretations, 3 questions with guidelines for the pupils on how to answer each question. This worked really well for my pupils and provided an good assessment of progress while giving them a helping hand. Sheet is easily adaptable for any interpretations
GCSE History AQA: Germany 1890-1945 - Effect of Depression on Nazi Popularity
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GCSE History AQA: Germany 1890-1945 - Effect of Depression on Nazi Popularity

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Lesson bridges the gap between the Weimar part of the course and the Nazi Germany. Begins by looking back at the ‘Golden Age’ of culture and then contrasts this with the effect of the Great Depression. Includes a revision quiz to set as homework before moving on to examining why people vote for extreme parties - then focusses on how the Nazis exploited the situation in Germany created by the Great Depression. Includes source work - examining the impact of Nazi propaganda and also making links between election figures and unemployment levels. Lesson is presented in an easy-to-use style and Powerpoint is self-explanatory. References and questions relate to the old Oxford AQA GCSE History B textbook ‘Twentieth Century Depth Studies’.
GCSE History AQA: Germany 1890-1945 - Reichstag Fire and Enabling Act
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GCSE History AQA: Germany 1890-1945 - Reichstag Fire and Enabling Act

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Lessons cover Hitler and the Nazis’ consolidation of power after Hitler was made chancellor. First lesson begins with a recap of the sequence of event which led to Hitler being made Chancellor before outlining his problem - he needs to win the upcoming election. Video clip from the Rise of Evil (hyperlink in PPT) is then supported by textbook work looking at the events and motives behind the fire. Pupils then learn how this enabled the Nazis to crush the communists with Emergency Powers before moving on to the results of the March 33 election. Second lesson picks up on the election, starting with source analysis before explaining why the Nazis still don’t have things as they would like. Information and video clip then cover the Enabling Act before pupils then have to complete a written consolidation task. This could be changed into a GCSE style ‘write an account question’. I tend to print out the following slide which shows how the Nazis quickly addressed threats as it is an easy-to-read flow chart. This then introduces Hitler’s next problem - the SA Lesson is presented in an easy-to-use style and Powerpoint is self-explanatory. Referred to Enabling Act sheet can be printed from end of powerpoint. Lesson uses the the old AQA GCSE History B Twentieth Century Depth Studies (Aqa Gcse History B Unit 2) but this can be adapted if book not accessible.
GCSE History AQA: Germany 1890-1945 - Nazi rise to power (Depression to Chancellor)
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GCSE History AQA: Germany 1890-1945 - Nazi rise to power (Depression to Chancellor)

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2 Lessons which continue from looking at the Depression and make the link between Depression and Hitler rising to Chancellor of Germany. Begins by looking at 5 key areas of Nazi appeal and then examining how different social groups in Germany saw the Nazis. This then feeds into the story of the Nazis gaining power - using video resource to help understanding - examining the stages of Hitler pushing his way into the role of Chancellor and leaving Hindenburg with little choice but to appoint Hitler. Lesson is presented in an easy-to-use style and Powerpoint is self-explanatory. Worksheet is included in the Powerpoint and is printable/adaptable. References and questions relate to new Oxford Germany 1890-1945 GCSE textbook.
GCSE History AQA: Germany 1890-1945 - Kaiser Wilhelm II
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GCSE History AQA: Germany 1890-1945 - Kaiser Wilhelm II

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Lesson follows from the introduction to Germany by going over how Germany was run (recap works as its own exercise if you haven’t got my introduction lesson!) Class then see a short comparison of Germany under Wilhelm I before being introduced to his son, Wilhelm II. There is some source work to introduce the character of Wilhelm II, using the attached sheet before pupils have a look at an exam-style question for the first time on this topic (included in PPT). Lesson is presented in an easy-to-use style and Powerpoint is self-explanatory. Worksheet with Kaiser sources is attached. References and questions relate to new Oxford Germany 1890-1945 GCSE textbook.
AQA A-Level - Democracy & Nazism: Nazis consolidate power
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AQA A-Level - Democracy & Nazism: Nazis consolidate power

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3 lessons which look at how the Nazis consolidated their power after the Enabling Act of March 1933. Follows the theme of Hitler’s to-do list examining how the Nazis established political dominance over Germany; dealt with radicals within their own party and addressed the problem of Hindenburg and the armed forces. Includes information, tasks and consolidation slides once tasks are complete. Also includes some source work - addressing the value of the sources. Lesson is presented in an easy-to-use style and Powerpoint is self-explanatory. References and questions relate to Oxford AQA History: Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-1945
AQA History Democracy & Nazism: Depression and the appeal of the Nazis
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AQA History Democracy & Nazism: Depression and the appeal of the Nazis

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Block of 4 Year 12 lessons looking at the effect of the Depression on Germany; the attempts of Bruning to solve the problems and the increasing appeal of the Nazis. Studies the ‘strands’ of their ideology which made them more successful than the Communists in the early 1930s. Includes information, tasks and consolidation slides once tasks are complete. Lesson is presented in an easy-to-use style and Powerpoint is self-explanatory. References and questions relate to Oxford AQA History: Democracy and Nazism: Germany 1918-1945
GCSE History AQA: Germany 1890-1945 - Intro to Germany
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GCSE History AQA: Germany 1890-1945 - Intro to Germany

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Lesson introduces the pupils to the new topic of Germany, focussing on the creation of the new German state and introducing the key terms of Kaiser, militarism, Reichstag etc. Pupils are also introduced to the constitutional problems involved with the new Germany, problems which will become more apparent when Wilhelm II becomes Kaiser. Lesson is presented in an easy-to-use style and Powerpoint is self-explanatory. References and questions relate to new Oxford Germany 1890-1945 GCSE textbook.
AQA GCSE History:Conflict & Tension: Lesson 10 - League of Nations - Source Exam work
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AQA GCSE History:Conflict & Tension: Lesson 10 - League of Nations - Source Exam work

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Lesson looks at the 12 mark utility question for the new GCSE - goes over the things pupils need to be looking at in a utility question before focussing on analysing two sources - one written, one an image. Both have been used by AQA on their spec materials and the image is a commonly-used one in exams, focussing on the Treaty of Versailles. I usually build in some pupil work around the sources beforehand but have also used this as a group task for analysing sources. Within the lesson there are example sentences, annotations of sources and example answers. Can also be used as a revision lesson.
AQA A-Level History Democracy & Nazism: Hitler & Backstairs Intrigue Revision Lesson
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AQA A-Level History Democracy & Nazism: Hitler & Backstairs Intrigue Revision Lesson

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Revision lesson looking at the Backstairs Intrigue which helped get Hitler into power. My year 13s (and current 12s) have found this topic difficult so I produced this lesson to go over the key players and to try and clarify. Lesson can be taught as a ‘lecture’ going over the major stages (Muller - Hitler) or can be used as notes for something more interactive. At this point, my class just want me to do the work so this lesson worked fine for that!! Covers: Muller Bruning Von Papen Schleicher Explains the behind the scenes ‘intrigue’ throughout. Notes are printable straight from the ppt and I’ve tried to present and write them in a student friendly style!
AQA GCSE History:Conflict & Tension: Lessons 15&16 - The Abyssinian Crisis and the League of Nations
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AQA GCSE History:Conflict & Tension: Lessons 15&16 - The Abyssinian Crisis and the League of Nations

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2-3 lessons looking at the reasons for the Abyssinian Crisis, the events and the consequences. Begins by linking to the Manchurian Crisis and the LoN actions there. There is a video clip followed by information and a cartoon task, After looking at the events, pupil slook in more detail at the sanctions used by the LoN and the consequences of their actions. Understanding is then assessed/consolidated by a ‘write an account’ question and/or a source-based focus related to the Crisis. Lesson finishes by looking at the effect of the Abyssinian Crisis on the LoN and its future. Information sheets are attached as seperate ppt. Source is printable from PPt. Lesson makes use of the new Oxford AQA Conflict and Tension textbook (green cover)
AQA GCSE History:Conflict & Tension: Lessons 13&14 - Manchurian Crisis and the League of Nations
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AQA GCSE History:Conflict & Tension: Lessons 13&14 - Manchurian Crisis and the League of Nations

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Couple of lessons looking at the reasons for the Manchurian Crisis, the events and the consequences. Begins by linking to the Depression of last lesson and recaps on the possible actions the LoN can take, After looking at the events, pupils analyse sources (commonly used by AQA) related to the Crisis and then complete a revision quiz to check their understanding. There is also included an example exam question looking at the ‘how do you know?’ question type. Revision quiz is attached and sources are printable from PPt. Lesson makes use of the new Oxford AQA Conflict and Tension textbook (green cover)
AQA GCSE History: Normans - Lessons 9&10: Rebellions and the Harrying of the North
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AQA GCSE History: Normans - Lessons 9&10: Rebellions and the Harrying of the North

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Created for the new AQA GCSE: Lessons begin by looking at William’s early efforts to establish his authority before focussing on his different approaches to the many rebellions he faced. There is a focus on Harrying of the North, based around exam-style questions (lessons include 2 example answers for the ‘how convincing’ and the ‘explain the importance’ questions). Homework looks at the later rebelllions so pupils have a range of examples covering William’s treatment of rebels. Lesson is presented in an easy-to-use style and Powerpoint is self-explanatory. For the early rebellions I gave the class a photocopy of page 22-3 of the textbook but this isn’t a ‘must’. ‘Slides’ referred to on Harrying of the North are printable from the end of the PPT. Textbook references: INVASION, PLAGUE AND MURDER - Oxford Hodder: Norman England 1066-c.1100 by Helena Clarke
AQA GCSE History:Conflict & Tension: Lesson 12 - Impact of the Depression on the League of Nations
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AQA GCSE History:Conflict & Tension: Lesson 12 - Impact of the Depression on the League of Nations

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2 part lessonwhich begins with an exam-style consolidation task, focussing on the early years of the LoN - this is basically looking at what the pupils have learned so far. 2nd part of the lesson is a comprehension exercise, examining the impact of the Great Depression on the League of Nations. There is also a revision quiz attached with the lesson which I use as a homework. Lesson makes use of the new Oxford AQA Conflict and Tension textbook (green cover
AQA GCSE History: Health & the People - Lesson 1&2 : Introduction and Hippocratic Influence
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AQA GCSE History: Health & the People - Lesson 1&2 : Introduction and Hippocratic Influence

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Lessons serves to introduce pupils to the GCSE course (I teach Paper 2 in the first year) and gets them thinking about medicine and medical progress through simple interpretation exercises. There is a brief explanation of the factors involved in progress (which will be looked at throughout the course) before pupils are introduced to the conflict between supernatural and natural ones. They then look at the 4 Humours and the work of Hippocrates, finishing by some work on the continuation of the supernatural and the Temple of Asklepios. Lesson is presented in an easy-to-use style and Powerpoint is self-explanatory. Slides can be printed for revision. Lesson makes use of Schools History Project Syllabuses - Medicine Through Time: Amazon.co.uk: Christopher Culpin, Joe Scott