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Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level History resources available for purchase and download. New Focus Education offer resources from a teacher with 10 years teaching experience, a track record of excellent outcomes and experience of leadership at several levels. The main focus is AQA 8145 and AQA A Level, with key stage three resources available with GCSE skills and requirements embedded throughout.

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Key Stage 3, GCSE and A Level History resources available for purchase and download. New Focus Education offer resources from a teacher with 10 years teaching experience, a track record of excellent outcomes and experience of leadership at several levels. The main focus is AQA 8145 and AQA A Level, with key stage three resources available with GCSE skills and requirements embedded throughout.
AQA 8145 - The Globe historic environment pack
LauraMeadowcroft

AQA 8145 - The Globe historic environment pack

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6 lesson sequence on The Globe Theatre historic environment. The lessons explore the general role of the theatre before focusing on The Globe and its importance in Elizabethan society and the changes it represents. The learning sequence culminates in essay planning a practice answer to a sample question and includes a model response.
AQA A level 2S Making of Moden Britain - Thatcher, the 'special relationship' and the Cold War
LauraMeadowcroft

AQA A level 2S Making of Moden Britain - Thatcher, the 'special relationship' and the Cold War

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Lesson exploring the strength of the ‘special relationship’ within the context of the Cold War, under Thatcher. Starter asks students to write a guess on their impression of the special relationship using the images, moving on to a video of the special relationship with discussion focused on the balance of power. Using the oxford textbooks pupils create a spider diagram assessing any strengths of the relationship (information included in the PPT), leading to analysis of key events at this time on the worksheet assessing the role Thatcher played and how far each event contributed to the end of the Cold War. A source and ‘value’ question is included to apply the knowledge gathered in the lesson, leading to students writing a judgement to a sample 25 mark essay question as a plenary.
AQA 8145 - Elizabeth - The Globe essay planning - historic environment
LauraMeadowcroft

AQA 8145 - Elizabeth - The Globe essay planning - historic environment

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The sixth lesson in the learning sequence on The Globe historic environment. This lesson starts by recapping the key features of The Globe, building on this to review the annotated diagram. Pupils then analyse the mark scheme and suggested structure and come up with their ‘top tips’ for answering this question. Pupils then use their changes table from the previous lesson to complete the PEE planning grid to practice structuring the answer. Pupils can then use this to complete the essay plan to the sample question: “The main change that the theatre demonstrated was increase in wealth of the Nobility and the Gentry”. How far does a study of The Globe Theatre support this statement? You should refer to The Globe Theatre and your contextual knowledge. (16 marks). The plenary is a model paragraph that can be printed out and annotated in pairs to demonstrate good practice.
AQA 8145 - Elizabeth - A study of the Globe two lesson sequence - Globe historic environment
LauraMeadowcroft

AQA 8145 - Elizabeth - A study of the Globe two lesson sequence - Globe historic environment

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Third and fourth lesson in The Globe historic environment series The lesson starts with an introduction to the Globe for pupils to read through. The video then explores the Globe with an accompanying video note sheet. Pupils then need a copy of the AQA resource source booklet on The Globe to analyse ONE source each - they will then feedback as a group. The lesson concludes with pupils listing what the Globe tells them about Elizabethan society and then a taboo plenary - the focus on society will be built on in the next lesson.
AQA 8145 Elizabeth revision materials
LauraMeadowcroft

AQA 8145 Elizabeth revision materials

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Revision resources focusing on how to structure and answer each question style. each resource models the structure, how to answer the question and then provides students with a variety of questions to plan/attempt.
AQA 8145 - Elizabeth - how popular was the theater - The Globe historic environment
LauraMeadowcroft

AQA 8145 - Elizabeth - how popular was the theater - The Globe historic environment

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Second lesson in The Globe historic environment series The lesson recaps prior knowledge of the theater and moves on to focus on those who supported/disliked the theater. Pupils use the information to create a table comparing supporters/opponents - then a group task further develops this by giving each table one group (e.g. the Gentry) to focus on. Judgement line plenary lends itself to a judgement on how positive the theater was for society and the government.
Why did the Wall Street Crash happen?
LauraMeadowcroft

Why did the Wall Street Crash happen?

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Lesson exploring the causes of the stock market crash - links made to why the boom occured as a starter, video hyperlinked in explores key causes of the crash, moving on to a card sort activity allowing thematic categorisation and ranking of the relative significance of factors. Differentiated judgement questions included.
AQA A level 2S Making of Modern Britain - Thatcher and Europe 1979-87
LauraMeadowcroft

AQA A level 2S Making of Modern Britain - Thatcher and Europe 1979-87

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Lesson exploring the changing nature of Britain’s relationship with Europe under Thatcher. Recap starter gets pupils to review existing knowledge of the EEC/Europe (included in PPT), leading to a video giving an overview of Thatcher’s views on Europe and others views on Thatcher. Students split up and plan half an answer to a 25 mark essay question: The Conservative party was pro-European between 1973 and 1987’. Assess the validity of this view after ‘bugging’ the question. After 15 minutes pupils swap and teach each other - focus on explanation and assessment at this stage. Criteria for Level 4 and Level 5 is shared with students who use this to craft an essay judgement using their learning from the lesson. A continuum plenary assesses the strength of Britain’s relationship with Europe by 1987. An assessment (20 mark source adaption) planning sheet is included on Thatcher’s foreign policy - for use as a timed piece in the following lesson.
Witch trials
LauraMeadowcroft

Witch trials

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Lesson exploring the different witch trials in England - starter identifying features of a witch, video hyperlinked showing a witch trial, freeze frame creation of the different trials with an explanation question linked in. Optional homework also included.
AQA 8145 - Health and the People:  How significant was the work of Edward Jenner?
LauraMeadowcroft

AQA 8145 - Health and the People: How significant was the work of Edward Jenner?

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Lesson focused on significance and source skills. Link the picture starter, Description of difference of inoculation and vaccination, hyperlinked video on the work of Jenner, explanation of the differences of vaccination to inoculation, ranking significance card tasks, source analysis of the Gillray anti-vaccination source, and model answer built in for use in the lesson or afterwards.
How much change did the Normans bring to England - KS3 suitable for AQA 8145
LauraMeadowcroft

How much change did the Normans bring to England - KS3 suitable for AQA 8145

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*Eleventh lesson in the scheme - how the Normans changed England * Lesson exploring the extent of change brought to medieval England under the Normans. Video starter introduces the key changes made, paired card sort - change and continuity leads to completion of Venn diagram (attached at end of PPT), judgement on the most significant change, summary answer to how far the Normans changed England, plenary reviewing different groups in society and how far their lives changed. NB: Assessment GCSE write an account question plan attached for completion next lesson
The Harrying of the North - KS3 but also suitable for AQA 8145
LauraMeadowcroft

The Harrying of the North - KS3 but also suitable for AQA 8145

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First lesson of the scheme - changes made by the Normans to England Lesson exploring the Harrying of the North. Decision making starter on views of William, source carousel/investigation of the events/actions and results of the rebellion, discussion on how the Harrying helped William, leading to a 4 mark describe GCSE style question, interpretation plenary.