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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 - Burghley Almshouse 2022 Model answer
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AQA 8145 - Burghley Almshouse 2022 Model answer

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A model answer for the 16-mark Historic Environment focus of Burghley Almshouse. The answer focuses on key themes for the creation of the Almshouse including legacy/memorial, religious motivations, fear of poverty/rebellion, and loyalty and status. The answer integrates key features and themes of Burghley’s Almshouse.
AQA 8145 Burghley Almshouse knowledge organiser
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AQA 8145 Burghley Almshouse knowledge organiser

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Knowledge organiser for the 2022 Elizabethan England Historic environment topic - Burghley’s Almshouses. The organiser covers why poverty increased, how the government tackled poverty, what motivated the government, Burghley’s personal motivations and why more almshouses were built across England in this period.
L3 - Sheffield Manor Lodge (2023 HE AQA) - Why was Sheffield Manor Lodge a good place to detain MQoS
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L3 - Sheffield Manor Lodge (2023 HE AQA) - Why was Sheffield Manor Lodge a good place to detain MQoS

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L3 in the 2023 Historic Environment series on Sheffield Manor Lodge. This lesson explores the features, location and development of Sheffield Manor Lodge and why this was a good place to detain Mary, Queen of Scots. This should take a double lesson. The lesson begins with a starter exploring options on what to do with Mary AFTER the failed Northern rebellion. A video then explores Sheffield Manor Lodge focusing on strengths and weaknesses as a defensive base, alongside information about Mary. Students are then introduced to George Talbot and what the benefits/negatives would be of being responsible for Mary. The lesson then moves on to a carousel data capture focusing on the strengths of Sheffield Manor Lodge as a place of detention with a focus on location, features/facilities, George Talbot and limitations. Students then use their A3 table to create an estate agent profile on Sheffield Manor Lodge, finally answering a question explaining why Sheffield Manor Lodge was a good place to detain Mary. Finally, a recap plenary reviews the previous 3 lessons.
AQA 8145 Elizabethan England:  Burghley Almshouse Historic Environment complete lesson series
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AQA 8145 Elizabethan England: Burghley Almshouse Historic Environment complete lesson series

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Complete set of lessons covering the key content for AQA 8145 Elizabethan England’s Historic Environment 2022 topic - Burghley Almshouse. The lessons cover the issue of poverty in Elizabethan England, the treatment and attitudes towards the poor by the government and society, William Cecil’s personal motivations in building his Almshouse and a source analysis of Burghley Almshouse. This leads to the final lesson linked to the essay requirements and planning an example answer to the 16-mark historic environment question. A model answer for this question is also included in the bundle to analyse with students.
L2: Sheffield Manor Lodge (2023 HE AQA) - Northern Rebellion and the role of Mary, Queen of Scots
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L2: Sheffield Manor Lodge (2023 HE AQA) - Northern Rebellion and the role of Mary, Queen of Scots

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L2 in the 2023 Historic Environment series on Sheffield Manor Lodge. This lesson explores the Northern Rebellion and how this developed the ‘issue’ of Mary, Queen of Scots. The lesson begins with a recap on knowledge of the Northern rebellion using imagery, moving on to a summary video from which students note down the causes, events and impact of the rebellion. Students then highlight the hand out and choose (reduction) the 3 key points regarding the causes, key individuals, events, impact and role of Mary, Queen of Scots. Students then explore the pros and cons of the 4 strategies in dealing with Mary after the Northern Rebellion. The lesson concludes with a recap of the previous lesson’s plenary of the introduction to Sheffield Manor Lodge, with students exploring why it might be a good place to imprison Mary AFTER the Northern Rebellion.
L1: Sheffield Manor Lodge (2023 HE AQA) - Why was Mary, Queen of Scots a threat to Elizabeth?
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L1: Sheffield Manor Lodge (2023 HE AQA) - Why was Mary, Queen of Scots a threat to Elizabeth?

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L1 in the 2023 Historic Environment series on Sheffield Manor Lodge. This lesson explores the nature of the threat Mary posed and what potential solutions Elizabeth had. The lesson begins with a recap on existing knowledge of Mary, moving on to a summary video which explores why she could be a threat. Students then create a timeline of Mary’s life using the hand out up to her arrival in England in 1568. Students then explore the strengths and weaknesses of each solution available to Elizabeth, before reaching a judgement on the most logical. The learning is then applied at an 8-mark interpretation question assessing the threat of Mary. The lesson concludes with an introduction to Sheffield Manor Lodge, with students exploring why it might be a good place to imprison Mary.
L4 - Sheffield Manor Lodge (2023 HE AQA) Why was George Talbot a suitable choice to be Mary's guard?
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L4 - Sheffield Manor Lodge (2023 HE AQA) Why was George Talbot a suitable choice to be Mary's guard?

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L4 in the 2023 Historic Environment series on Sheffield Manor Lodge. This lesson explores the features, location and development of Sheffield Manor Lodge and why George Talbot was chosen as Mary’s jailor and how suitable he was for this role. The lesson begins with a recap starter exploring why Sheffield Manor Lodge was a good choice to house Mary. A short audio clip then explores who Talbot was and why he was chosen to guard Mary. Students then use the information sheet to complete the data capture exploring why Talbot was suitable, focusing on wealth, religion, status and his attitudes towards his role. Students then assess the strengths and limitations for Talbot in being Mary’s custodian. Students then use the learning from the lesson to answer a question explaining why Talbot was a suitable choice to guard Mary. Finally, the lesson finishes with a judgement on the extent of Talbot’s success with justification.
AQA 8145 - L2 Burghley's Almshouses - how did the government tackle poverty?
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AQA 8145 - L2 Burghley's Almshouses - how did the government tackle poverty?

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The second lesson in the AQA Historic Envrionment 2022 series on Burghley’s Almshouses, focusing on how the government tackled poverty in Elizabethan England. The lesson begins with students creating their own definitions for the key terms, moving on to a video that introduces urban issues and poverty in the towns and cities. Students then analyse two contemporary sources portraying beggars with teacher option to type directly onto the PPT and annotate live with students. The lesson then uses the hand out to assess what Elizabethan attitudes were like towards the poor, before analysing the different types of poor and how different towns dealt with poverty. Students then categorise the reasons why the government began to act to tackle poverty before analysing the different acts passed to tackle poverty and explaining the effectiveness of each. Finally, students assess whether poverty was dealt with effectively during Elizabeth’s reign in a judgement line plenary.
AQA 7042 2S Britain - 30 mark source practice - economy 1951-64
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AQA 7042 2S Britain - 30 mark source practice - economy 1951-64

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Lesson planning a 30 mark source question focused on the successes of the British economy 1951-64. The starter explores the mark scheme, asking students to consider what makes a L4/5 response. Pupils then add to their TEACUP analysis homework of one source, using this to complete the content, tone, provenance planning grid in relation to the question. Pupils then feed back their analysis whilst the other groups complete the rest of the planning grid. A post-it plenary asks students to assess which source they find the most valuable and justify their choice. This answer can then be written in timed conditions in class or for homework depending on curriculum time.
Sepoy rebellion in India
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Sepoy rebellion in India

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Exploration of the changes in India - starter of how and why Britain gained control of India, moving to focus on the role of the Sepoys and why the rebellion occurred. Building to a 4 mark: Describe two reasons why the Sepoys rebelled (AQA 8145) question. Plenary of contrasting interpretations of the rebellion.
AQA 7042 Unit 6 - The Conservatives 1997-2007
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AQA 7042 Unit 6 - The Conservatives 1997-2007

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Two lesson sequence exploring the Conservatives in the period of New Labour. The lesson starts using a source to explore the issues facing the Conservatives in 1997, this then leads to students in groups analysing one conservative leader (Hague, Duncan-Smith, Howard and Cameron) to snowball this back to the rest of the group. Students then rank the cards in terms of significance as to why the Conservatives were divided in this period, linking this to policy issues causing division. Students then create a spider diagram showing why the Conservatives lost the 2001 and 2005 elections, categorising them into similarities of reasons for defeat (linked to 1997). Students then revisit the starter source and annotate around it how the Conservatives did and did not solve the issues identified by 2005. Students then complete the 10 minute essay plan (‘The Conservatives elected the wrong people to lead it between 1997 and 2005’. Assess the validity of this view) to write up at home.
Effects of the Wall Street Crash/start of the Great Depression
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Effects of the Wall Street Crash/start of the Great Depression

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Exploration of key impacts of the Wall Street Crash in the USA (collapse of business, unemployment, homelessness and collapse of farming) - pupils can create an A3 symbol poster (no more than 10 words to explain each section) using the hand outs - this could be invdividual or a gorup activity. Judgement at the end regarding the most significant effect.
AQA History A Level 7042 - Britain 2S - why was the poll tax so hated?
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AQA History A Level 7042 - Britain 2S - why was the poll tax so hated?

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Lesson exploring why the poll tax was introduced and why it was hated. The lesson starts with recapping Thatcher’s interactions/policies towards local governments. Pupils then explore any positives or negatives of the poll tax using the information given, following on with a video exploring the poll tax riots with accompanying questions. Pupils then categorise the impact of the poll tax thematically using cards, moving on to exploring the long term impact of the poll tax on Thatcher. Finally, a plenary explores why Thatcher was becoming so unpopular in the mid 1980s.
AQA 8145 - L3 Burghley's Almshouses - why were the actions of Burghley significant?
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AQA 8145 - L3 Burghley's Almshouses - why were the actions of Burghley significant?

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The third lesson in the AQA Historic Environment 2022 series on Burghley’s Almshouses. The lesson focuses on the role Burghley played and why he founded the Almshouses. The lesson starts with a recap of the role of Burghley (William Cecil), leading to a video exploring his role and the Privy Council. Students then explain the significance of the role of Burghley in England, moving on to explore the almshouses using four key sources and annotating them. The lesson then focuses on the motivation of Burghley in building the almshouses, asking students to assess the significance of each factor in encouraging the establishment of the almshouses. The plenary asks students to assess the significance of Burghley himself in tackling the issue of poverty in England.
L5 - Sheffield Manor Lodge (2023 HE AQA) - The execution of Mary, Queen of Scots
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L5 - Sheffield Manor Lodge (2023 HE AQA) - The execution of Mary, Queen of Scots

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L5 in the 2023 Historic Environment series on Sheffield Manor Lodge. This lesson explores the road to Mary’s execution and the role of George Talbot within this. The lesson begins with a video recapping the personal threat that Mary posed to Elizabeth, leading to a discussion of the Babington Plot. Students then assess the 4 key plots involving Mary and explain the extent of Mary’s involvement in each. Students then judge ‘how much’ of a threat Mary was and why her execution was significant. Students then debate if executing Mary was the right thing to do in groups. The lesson then explores the role of Talbot in Mary’s execution, analysing his views on Mary and his complicity in her plots. Students then wrap up the lesson with an 8-mark question on the importance of Mary’s execution which can be peer/self-assessed.
Witch trials
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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.