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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.
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.
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.
GCSE - The Cold War - Background Events
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GCSE - The Cold War - Background Events

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This lesson introduced students to the context of the Cold War by asking them to investigate 6 key events that had an impact on relationships between the countries involved in the Cold War thus allowing them to have a better understanding of why there was tension post WW2. A great intro lesson. The events are broken down into concise pieces of information with 'Thinking Points' added to help students to understand the significance of events. Students then have to concisely explain the significance in a grid, provided. Plotting the impact of these events on a graph afterwards helps students to see that relations between different countries were very complex. Appropriate for new 9-1 specifications.
KS5 AQA - Unit 2D - James II - Intro and Catholicism
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KS5 AQA - Unit 2D - James II - Intro and Catholicism

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These resources act as an introduction to the reign of James II and further exploration of his Catholicism and moves to implement this. The PPT can be used to guide students through the booklet which also has activities and tasks to help students learn and apply new knowledge. PART OF THE BOOKLET RELATES TO THE OXFORD AQA HISTORY UNIT 1D TEXT BOOK.
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 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.
Quiz Quiz Trade - Introduction and Revision for KS5 Charles II
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Quiz Quiz Trade - Introduction and Revision for KS5 Charles II

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This resource is a game based on Quiz Quiz Trade - basically students ask each other pre-prepared low and high order questions to find out about a historical figure. The record sheet provides students with a visual record of how much they have learnt - great to enthuse learners! The PPT attached also talks teachers and students through the game step by step and includes handy hints. Great as an introduction or revision tool. Helps to engage students in their A Level content and also helps in building co-operative learning.
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.
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 2D - Stuart Britain - The Exclusion Crisis - Intro and Revision
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KS5 - AQA Unit 2D - Stuart Britain - The Exclusion Crisis - Intro and Revision

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These resources provide students with an overview of the Exclusion Crisis - why it occurred, different sides and arguments etc. The booklet includes information and different tasks so that students can engage and apply the new information. TWO ACTIVITIES RELATE TO THE OXFORD AQA HISTORY UNIT 2D BOOK. The rest are linked to the activity booklet or PPT. Great for teaching first time or for revision.
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.
Teaching and Learning Support - Strategies to avoid copying
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Teaching and Learning Support - Strategies to avoid copying

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This PPT gives templates for several different ways to avoid copying in lessons. These activities are easy to implement and could be transferred to multiple subjects and key stages. Explanations of the intention behind the tasks are included. This would be valuable to share with any staff looking to add variety to their lessons and make students think more independently.
KS4 - GCSE History - Elizabethan England - Leisure
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KS4 - GCSE History - Elizabethan England - Leisure

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THIS LESSON IS PLANNED ALONGSIDE THE PEARSON ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND TEXTBOOKS - PLEASE ENSURE THAT YOU HAVE ACCESS TO THIS BEFORE BUYING. This lesson begins with a multiple choice starter activity knowledge recap to remind student's of previous learning during the Edexcel 9-1 Elizabethan England course. Students are then supported in accessing information from the Pearson textbook on leisure activities. Record grid which could be further differentiated very easily is provided. Plenary task is a 4 mark exam questioning asking students to apply knowledge from this lesson.
KS4 - GCSE History - Elizabethan England - Francis Drake
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KS4 - GCSE History - Elizabethan England - Francis Drake

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THIS LESSON USES INFORMATION FROM THE PEARSON 9-1 ELIZABETHAN ENGLAND TEXTBOOK. PLEASE ENSURE YOU HAVE ACCESS. This lesson uses the Pearson textbook to guide students through the information and helping them to organise it in a logical way. Starter activity allows time to recap on past learning about Drake and share ideas. Record sheet included.
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.
Quiz Quiz Trade - Introduction and Revision for KS5 James II
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Quiz Quiz Trade - Introduction and Revision for KS5 James II

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This resource is a game based on Quiz Quiz Trade - basically students ask each other pre-prepared low and high order questions to find out about a historical figure. The record sheet provides students with a visual record of how much they have learnt - great to enthuse learners! The PPT attached also talks teachers and students through the game step by step and includes handy hints. Great as an introduction or revision tool. Helps to engage students in their A Level content and also helps in building co-operative learning.
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.
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.