Why Do We Study History?

Why Do We Study History?

This is a single lesson intended as an introductory lesson to year 7 students on why the study of History is important. The lesson is delivered through a PowerPoint presentation which gives 6 reasons why we study history using illustrations and examples. The concept of Chronology is also introduced with students using a starter activity to produce a simple timeline, adding dates to 7 important UK/world events and using illustrations of 6 famous battles/wars for students to place in chronological order using clues such as tactics, uniform, weapons, etc. These illustrations can then be used to introduce the idea of continuity and change. A written task explaining why we study history is provided, differentiated at 3 levels and the war/ illustrations are included for students to put into order and write descriptions of. A plenary activity is a short video clip looking at what the Romans did for us and enables students to see how activities over 2000 years ago are important for Modern Society.
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Attacking Medieval Castles

Attacking Medieval Castles

This resource introduces Key Stage 3 students to the various weapons used by Medieval Soldiers in their attacks on Stone Castles. A PowerPoint Presentation guides students through the different weapons developed to enable soldiers to gain entry to Stone Castles, looking at weapons/equipment developed to cross Moats, break down doors and scale and weaken walls. The presentation provides a starter activity asking Pupils to think about how they would attack moats, doors and walls. Following introduction to the various weapons pupils work through 2 different tasks, both differentiated at 3 levels. The first task asks students to label and describe a picture of the different weapons. The Second tasks asks them to use a Top Trumps format to give a score to various features of the weapons and from this reach a decision on the most and least effective weapons, giving reasons why and to evaluate the impact of these weapons on Castle defences. A plenary task asks pupils to identify the weapons from an extract of the main pictures.
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1066 and all that!

1066 and all that!

This bundle covers a block of 3 - 4 lessons for Key Stage 3 students studying Medieval history and the events of 1066. The first lesson concentrates on the claimants to the English throne in 1066, using a variety of primary and secondary sources and supported by a PowerPoint presentation to ask students to make a decision on which candidate has the best claim based on a set of criteria. The second resource looks at the events of 1066 from the death of Edward the confessor to the Battle of Hastings. The resource uses a PowerPoint to give the basic Chronological Information and then students use a timeline of events to look at chronology, produce a storyboard and using a differentiated resource can evaluate who was in the best position to win the Battle of Hastings. The final resource looks at the Battle of Hastings itself. A PowerPoint guides students through the events of October 14th 1066 and students use differentiated worksheets to answer questions about how the day progressed and why the Normans won the Battle. An extra activity, enabling students to look at the uniform of the Norman Soldiers, is also included.
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The Development of Stone Castles

The Development of Stone Castles

This resource looks at how the Normans developed Stone Castles as a means of controlling the Anglo Saxons. The resource is intended for KS3 students as a follow on from work on Motte and Bailey Castles and concentrates on the key features of Stone Castles and how these acted as a line of defence against attackers. A PowerPoint presentation guides students through the key features of these Stone Castles looking at the layout of the Keep and the defensive features of the Castle, including a starter and plenary activity. Students are asked to label and describe the inside of the keep and there is a differentiated extension activity looking at the Great Hall. A further activity also asks students to describe and explain the various defensive features which these castles possessed.
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Dress Up Norman Soldier

Dress Up Norman Soldier

This resource supports KS2 and KS3 pupils in their studies of the Battle of Hastings. It allows pupils to cut out a body model, colour and add items of uniform and equipment, worn and used by Norman Soldiers. Pupils can then add labels to their finished model.
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The Ultimate Christmas Quiz

The Ultimate Christmas Quiz

This is an ideal end of Autumn term Christmas themed quiz aimed at secondary school students. All questions and answers are delivered through a PowerPoint Presentation and students will need paper to record their answers on. The students ideally play in teams with one person on the team writing down the answers. There are 10 rounds. Christmas Numbers, Christmas Songs, Christmas Around the World, Christmas in the Past, Christmas Films, Christmas Stocking, Christmas Dingbats, Toys, Complete the Carol and Selection Box. On some rounds clues to the answers can be used for students who need a little help by clicking on the appropriate slide. At the end of each round teams swap answers and mark the questions so that a cumulative score can be seen for each team. Each round should take about 2 minutes, but teachers can be flexible depending on the age and ability of the students.
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Motte and Bailey Castles

Motte and Bailey Castles

This resource is intended for upper KS 2 and Lower KS 3 (Years 5/6/7) to introduce the topic of Medieval castles and to examine the first castles build by William of Normandy after the Norman Conquest. The resource uses a PowerPoint to guide students through a number of activities, including a starter and plenary activity.The PowerPoint focuses on the reasons why William build Castles, the main features of Motte and Bailey Castles and the advantages and disadvantages of these early castles. The resource also asks students to use the knowledge they have acquired to explain methods of defending and attacking these early castles. Accompanying the PowerPoint is a worksheet differentiated into 3 levels and a diagram of a Motte and Bailey Castle, differentiated at 2 different levels for students to label.
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The Events of 1066

The Events of 1066

This resource is designed to be used with KS3 Students studying the Battle of Hastings and the Events leading up to it. A PowerPoint provides a timeline from January to October 1066 so students can understand what occurred in this year. These events are then used for students to complete a number of exercises: - Putting events into chronological order - Producing a storyboard - Evaluating the impact of these events on Harold Godwin and William of Normandy - Drawing conclusions as to how these events helped or hindered each opponents chances of winning the Battle of Hastings Resources to complete these activities are included, with the evaluation of the events on the opponents being presented through worksheets differentiated at 2 levels.
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The Battle of Hastings 1066

The Battle of Hastings 1066

This resource is intended for KS 3 students studying the Battle of Hastings. The resource looks at the Battle itself and the events of October 14th 1066. A PowerPoint highlights the main parts of the day, dividing it up into a number of parts as the fortunes of the Saxons and Normans changed, giving students an insight into the reasons why. 3 differentiated worksheets are provided which give students an account of the day and then ask them to label a map of the Battle site (Map provided) and answer a number of questions on the events of the day. An extension activity is included for students to give a diary account of the battle from a Saxon perspective. Additional information is also provided on the 2 armies which also gives an insight into the strengths ( and weaknesses) of the 2 sides.
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1066 Claimants to the English Throne

1066 Claimants to the English Throne

This resource asks KS 3 students to use a number of primary and secondary sources to assess each of the 4 candidates claim to the English throne in 1066. The sources are used for students to answer questions which will enable them to identify reasons why each person claimed he should be the next king of England on the death of Edward the Confessor. The idea is for the resources to be posted around the classroom and for students to move around individually or in pairs answering questions on each resource. (This could also be undertaken in groups with each group given copies of the resources and sharing answers.) A PowerPoint then summarises the answers the students should extract from each resource. The PowerPoint then looks at what the English people wanted in a king and asks students to decide how each claimant fitted into these perceptions. Finally both activities can be brought together to enable students to produce a written account: Who should be the next king of England?
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Dress Up Roman Soldier

Dress Up Roman Soldier

This resource supports KS2 and KS3 pupils in their studies of the Roman Army. It allows pupils to cut out a body model, colour and add items of uniform and equipment, worn and used by Roman soldiers and write a basic description of a soldiers uniform and equipment and why it was important.
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Why was religion important in the Middle Ages?

Why was religion important in the Middle Ages?

This resource is aimed at KS3 History students studying Medieval life and looks at the importance of the church to Medieval people. A PowerPoint with learning objectives, starter and plenary activity, guides students through a number of issues; Why was religion so important? What evidence do we have? Why did Medieval people believe in God. Each issue has tasks attached to it with Accompanying worksheets providing students with a variety of activities to complete.
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Oh, No Another History Quiz

Oh, No Another History Quiz

This is an ideal end of term History quiz aimed at secondary school students. All questions and answers are delivered through a PowerPoint Presentation and students will need paper to record their answers on. The students ideally play in teams with one person on the team writing down the answers. There are 10 rounds with 10 questions in each round: Who's Who, Name the Movie, Famous events, Odd One Out, Witch, What's in a Name, What not to Wear, Home Inventions What did they do and 110 Years of history. The quiz uses questions, picture clues and a film extract to engage pupils and in some rounds provides a choice of answer or initial letters to help pupils. At the end of each round teams swap answers and mark the questions so that a cumulative score can be seen for each team. Each round should take about 2 minutes, but teachers can be flexible depending on the age and ability of the students.
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Crime and Punishment in the Middle Ages.

Crime and Punishment in the Middle Ages.

This resource is aimed at students studying Crime and Punishment either at KS 3 or as part of a GCSE Specification. A PowerPoint is used to give a basic outline of policing in the Middle Ages and how people were tried, with emphasis on different types of courts, trial by ordeal, punishments and the overall inequalities in the system. The PowerPoint contains both starter and plenary activities and there is a worksheet to accompany the PowerPoint which provides students with a number of tasks to complete.
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Glacial Budgets

Glacial Budgets

This resource is aimed at 'A' Level students studying glaciation. It enables them to use a range of data for the South Cascades Glacier in Washington State, USA to support picture evidence on the retreat of the South Cascades Glacier. Students are asked to calculate the net glacial budget of the glacier for each year of a 21 year period. This data can then be graphed and students use the graph to describe the changes that have taken place in the glacier over this period and draw conclusions as to whether this supports the photographic evidence.
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British Climate Data (Drawing and Analysing Climate Graphs)

British Climate Data (Drawing and Analysing Climate Graphs)

This resource is aimed at Key stage 3 students studying the topic of climate and weather. There are 3 differentiated worksheets which enable students to draw and analyse a Climate Graph for Britain. The resource provides temperature and rainfall data for students to draw a line and bar graph and then a table of questions to enable them to extract information from their graphs. Students are then asked to complete a written task using their graphs and questions to describe the British Climate. Each worksheet provides students with a writing frame for this purpose, which is differentiated according to the students ability.
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My Carbon Footprint ( How much are you adding to Global Warming?)

My Carbon Footprint ( How much are you adding to Global Warming?)

This resource is aimed at KS3 students and can be used as part of a topic on Global Warming or as a stand alone lesson for a cover/supply teacher. The lesson is delivered through a PowerPoint, the main lesson objectives being to get students to understand the causes of Global Warming and then calculate their own Carbon Footprint by answering a series of questions and calculating their score. Having identified the factors which add to their Carbon Footprint they can then use this information to produce a poster explaining ways to reduce our carbon Footprint. The presentation contains lesson objectives, an Odd One Out starter activity and a Blockbuster Style plenary, An answer sheet for this activity is also included.
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The History of Holidays

The History of Holidays

This is a worksheet which can be used in a number of ways. As part of a geography lesson on tourism, as part of a Leisure and tourism course or as a stand alone lesson for a cover/supply teacher. The lesson is aimed at KS4 students and describes the holiday experiences of an imaginary person over a 60 year period. Students are asked to put the events into chronological order and then identify holiday trends in each decade and the different factors which have lead to these trends. The resource also introduces a number of key words associated with the leisure and Tourist Industry.
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Indian Picture Writing.

Indian Picture Writing.

This activity is aimed at Key Stage 3 students (or could also be used with years 5/6) studying the North American Indians and can be used as a stand alone activity (especially as a lesson for a cover/supply teacher) or as part of the overall topic on The First Americans. The activity introduces some basic symbols used by American Indians and then asks students to complete a number of activities using a key of symbols. These activities involve: writing a picture story, deciphering a message, producing a picture message and designing a set of simple symbols.
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Child Labour in Victorian Britain

Child Labour in Victorian Britain

This resource is intended to enable Key Stage 3 pupils to empathise with child factory workers in Victorian Britain. The resource provides materials for 2 lessons, the first lesson concentrating on the working day and roles and working conditions of children in different industries. The second lesson looks looks at pay, factory rules and punishments. A PowerPoint provides a guide for the lessons, with starter and plenary activities included. Activities are varied. Child roles enables pupils to adopt the roles of individual child workers, describing these roles and then comparing their roles with others. This can then be developed into a piece of extended writing. Factory rules and punishments are investigated through a game: The Factory Rules Game, which enables pupils in teams of 2 - 4 to understand how unfairly child labourers were treated.
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