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I am Head of History and a Teaching and Learning Guide at a large secondary school. I teach all Key Stages with a focus on teaching GCSE and A Level to large classes. As I am in the classroom I understand the demands being placed on teachers by new specifications and assessment criteria. Through sharing these resources I hope to help teachers acquire new resources and ideas to make the step to the new specifications a successful one.

I am Head of History and a Teaching and Learning Guide at a large secondary school. I teach all Key Stages with a focus on teaching GCSE and A Level to large classes. As I am in the classroom I understand the demands being placed on teachers by new specifications and assessment criteria. Through sharing these resources I hope to help teachers acquire new resources and ideas to make the step to the new specifications a successful one.
KS4 - Elizabeth I - Plots and resistance
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KS4 - Elizabeth I - Plots and resistance

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This lesson focuses on providing students with information so they can complete their own investigation into the Babington, Throckmorton and Ridolfi plots but also study Catholic resistance. The word document can be printed to provide information packs so students can work in groups to collect the information. PPT provides all instructions for students that are needed for a full lesson. Planned for Edexcel new 9-1 Elizabethan unit but general information would also suit any teaching on this area.
KS4 - Elizabethan England - Mary Queen of Scots
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KS4 - Elizabethan England - Mary Queen of Scots

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This lesson overviews the problems that Elizabeth faced because of Mary Queen of Scots by getting students to construct a timeline following Mary's life and events - all information needed is in the PPT attached. Starter activity requires students to independently research with guided questions. The information on the PPT can be displayed around the room to get students to be more active in terms of their learning. Once completed this should create a concise worksheet of threats posed by Mary and Elizabeth's choices.
KS5 - James I and Charles I - Belief, Personality and the Royal Courts
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KS5 - James I and Charles I - Belief, Personality and the Royal Courts

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This whole lesson resource will support units, including AQA Unit 1D, studying James I and Charles I. The PPT and booklet talk students through the significance of the royal courts whilst providing examples of historiography, questions and a sorting task to further their understanding. This is then applied by completing a Venn Diagram based on a task which asks students to move around the room - all resources included. Teacher answers to the initial card sort included. Very concise and informative - accessible to all.
KS3 - Was dropping the Hiroshima bomb right or wrong?
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KS3 - Was dropping the Hiroshima bomb right or wrong?

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This whole lesson resource uses interpretations to allow students to independently explore whether the dropping of the A-bomb on Hiroshima was right or wrong. The sources and interpretations vary - some are visual so allow all to access, whereas others are more complex. PPT provides introduction and task instructions. Has worked well with classes of a variety of abilities. Differentiated version included.
KS3 Wordsearches
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KS3 Wordsearches

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This is a selection of 8 wordsearches covering various KS3 topics. They could be used as a bell task, starter or extension task. To make the wordsearches more complex students could then be asked to define the words they have found or use them in their historical context.
AQA KS5 Revision Checklist - Question based - Unit 1D Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603-1702
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AQA KS5 Revision Checklist - Question based - Unit 1D Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603-1702

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This is a thorough checklist covering all of the content of the Y12 and Y13 Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy 1603-1702. The format is based on questioning students so that they have to find out the information that they need rather than providing them with a description of events. My students have responded very positively to this extra challenge. In addition there is a column for students to tick completed sections that they have revised but an additional column to say whether they are confident or not with the topic. This has been used to highlight areas of whole class revision. Can be used with Y12 and Y13 classes.
KS4 - GCSE History - Elizabethan England - Education
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KS4 - GCSE History - Elizabethan England - Education

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This lesson was planned for the Edexcel 9-1 Elizabethan England unit. Starter activity allows students to reflect on Elizabeth's successes and consider how significant they were. Main lesson focuses on the availability and impact of Education. To allow independent work students can work through 6 information pages to select information to assess this. PPT guidance through evaluation of impact. This lesson could be easily differentiated further if needed, i.e. adding key words and vocab.
AQA Unit 1D - 1603 - 1649 - James I and Charles I - timeline for overview/introduction/revision
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AQA Unit 1D - 1603 - 1649 - James I and Charles I - timeline for overview/introduction/revision

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This timeline looks at 58 significant events from 1603-1649 to help students to see the overview of the AQA Unit 1D course. Events are summarised and their significance and thematic links highlighted. To encourage higher attainers there are also questions attached to events to help students to think about the wider context and links across the course. This is useful as an overview, introduction or revision and would be suitable for Y12 or Y13 sitting this course. This resource could also support numerous follow up tasks specifically geared towards your students - i.e. find examples of religious tension across the period, etc.
KS5 - Paragraph Structure - How do you explain using evidence?
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KS5 - Paragraph Structure - How do you explain using evidence?

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Students often find it difficult to explain in their essays rather than describe. These activities focus on using the PEEL structure - Point, Evidence, Explanation, Link to the Question - to help students explain and use specific examples. Each includes a model paragraph in response to an essay question which students have to identify in terms of the PEEL model and contribute their own paragraph. Useful to embed writing skills whilst providing model examples. Teacher example included to familiarise you with the PEEL structure. Could be used at Y12 or Y13. Examples are AQA Unit 1D Stuart Britain specific.
KS4 - Elizabeth and the Revolt of the Northern Earls
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KS4 - Elizabeth and the Revolt of the Northern Earls

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Created for new Edexcel 9-1 GCSE but content is applicable for general study of Elizabethan England. This lesson analyses the significance and events of the Revolt of the Northern Earls. Various tasks in a booklet used to make the information concise and manageable for GCSE classes - tasks include gap fills, students collecting their own information from posters around the room (included in the PPT), supported discussion etc. Clear bell task, starter, main and plenary - practice exam question included for new Edexcel 9-1 spec. Differentiation included through support but also would be very simple to hone to your own classes needs by adding/reducing support points, independent work needed etc.
KS4 GCSE History - Elizabethan England - Why did the Spanish Armada fail?
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KS4 GCSE History - Elizabethan England - Why did the Spanish Armada fail?

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This lesson focuses on the reasons behind the failure of the Armada. In order to make the information concise a booklet has been created to guide students through the information in a relevant and interesting way, i.e. cloze exercises, source analysis, card sorts. Answers to card sort activities provided and differentiation in terms of how many cards match each heading. Further differentiation would be very straightforward if needed. This lesson links to the relevant section in the new Edexcel 9-1 GCSE.
KS5 - AQA Unit 1D - Revision and overview questions - Supported Group work
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KS5 - AQA Unit 1D - Revision and overview questions - Supported Group work

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This activity is based on the key questions highlighted by AQA as being significant to the Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy course. Each of the 6 questions have been turned into a supported task with clear instructions and advice for students to enable them to create a handout for the class. The differentiated aspect through providing students with thinking points and questions works well to support and challenge. A ready to go lesson.
KS4 - GCSE History - Elizabethan England - Exploration
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KS4 - GCSE History - Elizabethan England - Exploration

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THIS LESSON NEEDS THE 9-1 PEARSON EARLY ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND TEXTBOOK. PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE ACCESS. This lesson helps students to access information from the textbook in a more engaging way. Students use the record sheets, differentiated version included, and the Exploration chapter in the Pearson book to find out why Exploration was increasingly possible. Distribute information from the textbooks around the classroom to allow students to research different areas and create their own note base with the record guide.
Edexcel History GCSE - Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots
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Edexcel History GCSE - Execution of Mary, Queen of Scots

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THIS RESOURCE RELATES TO THE PEARSON EDEXCEL 9-1 ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND BOOK. This lesson begins with a challenging starter activity to get students to consider what they have learnt about Elizabethan England so far - low, high and challenging questions used for a differentiated approach. This could be widened into a main activity for revision at a later point. Guided questions help students to explore Mary's execution and the work of Francis Walsingham.
KS4 - History GCSE - Elizabethan England - Rivalry between England and Spain
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KS4 - History GCSE - Elizabethan England - Rivalry between England and Spain

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This lesson overviews the emerging rivalry between England and Spain with a focus on commercial rivalry and the work of Francis Drake. All information needed is on the PPT or handout. Various activities included to ensure engagement and appeal to learners such as creating a timeline, cloze activities etc. A practice exam question included as a plenary with planning support.
AQA KS5 History - Narrative overview for Unit 1D linear course - Intro and revision
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AQA KS5 History - Narrative overview for Unit 1D linear course - Intro and revision

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This resource is suitable for both Y12 and Y13 classes studying Stuart Britain and the Crisis of Monarchy, 1603 - 1702. Introduction and revision suitable. As an introduction the idea behind the resource is to give students an easily accessible narrative to make them aware of the bigger picture of the course over the linear option. This introduces them to key people, events and themes that they most likely have not encountered before and therefore will increase their understanding when they encounter course content. As a revision activity they could annotate and add specific examples, links to other sections of the course or simply use as a recap. Great for helping lower attaining students access the complex issues.
Staff Exam Analysis Feedback Support
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Staff Exam Analysis Feedback Support

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This resource asks questions which enable staff to consider their exam results, how to spot trends and make positive steps forward. This could be completed during a departmental exam analysis session with discussion or individually.