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I have been teaching history since 2002 and I have been head of History at a school for 10 years which sees many of my students opt for GCSE, A level and beyond. I am passionate about History being taught well, and believe that this largely stems from good resources (as well of course effective delivery). My lessons and various teaching resources are therefore produced with the intention of inspiring students to think for themselves, to be challenged yet engaged.

I have been teaching history since 2002 and I have been head of History at a school for 10 years which sees many of my students opt for GCSE, A level and beyond. I am passionate about History being taught well, and believe that this largely stems from good resources (as well of course effective delivery). My lessons and various teaching resources are therefore produced with the intention of inspiring students to think for themselves, to be challenged yet engaged.
OCR_Kenilworth Castle for actual site visit : Study of historic environment booklet.
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OCR_Kenilworth Castle for actual site visit : Study of historic environment booklet.

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For the OCR modern World specification with the castles unit and the study of the historic environment. Kenilworth Castle is the chosen English Heritage site for the OCR A paper in 2019. The booklet is designed to guide you through the castle and enable you and your students to note specific key changes to the building, whilst allowing time for students to take pictures for their notes. The booklet has a combination of factual questions, based on students reading the history of the castle (supplied by OCR) before attending and questions based on general knowledge of castles throughout the ages. There is an answer booklet supplied also. There is also attached a pdf of all of the photos that I took. These can be used in their own right for students to label and refer to, especially if you are unable to attend the site. I have also attached the project sheet that our GCSE students are completing over the summer based on their site visit and prior reading of the history of the castle.
Kenilworth Castle remote learning project
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Kenilworth Castle remote learning project

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Kenilworth project (Non Visit Covid 19 friendly) As we were unable to take our GCSE students to Kenilworth this year, I designed a tour of the history of Kenilworth castle with its key owners and their various changes identified. This unit of work includes specialist youtube clips that talks through the history along side the ppts plus a written overview to support students to work independently. The youtube video links are at the start of the each of the overview ppts for each period they correspond with. There is also project booklet - done as a ppt, which has 5 tasks connected to it that help guide students through the history of the castle whilst encouraging them to eventually apply their knowledge to sources. The tasks range from creating a timeline - with various owners and changes, a commentary on the seige of 1266, plus a detailed overview where students are identifying key changes and are encouraged to make decisions about the function of the castle throughout key 4 times. There is a check list at the end to encourage students to plan their time effectively. This unit is primarily focused on the requirements for OCR explaining the modern world - study of a historic environment (paper 3) - but will be more than suitable for other exam boards/ courses studying Kenilworth.
American Dream revision tasks and resources
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American Dream revision tasks and resources

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Included are 9 revision tasks covering the Yr 12 unit for the AQA American Dream, Reality Vs illusion unit. The tasks encourage independence with own revision as they have choices, but also offers them guidance for support. These task will also be excellent useful revision for Yr 13. There are resources supplied for 6 our of the 9 different suggested revision tasks. The tasks range from planning essays, source work questions, quizzes, and card sort tasks. There are some red herrings - which should allow from some good discussion opportunities. The content covers, domestic including economic, political and social issues as well and foreign policy issues. I have used these in conjunction with my President chart overview - a separate document you can buy. Students complete the various activities such as - which policy which president? and Which Foreign policy, which president? which serves as helpful reminder, confidence boost, or a - "I really need to get stuck into some revision!" for students! A win win! This is tried and tested and worked brilliantly with my year 12 this year!
AS and A2 AQA Revision American Dream President Overview
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AS and A2 AQA Revision American Dream President Overview

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This is 3 pages of blank charts headed with key criteria for students to complete along side their own work/ notes to help them have all key policies, events and issues in one place. Please note, this does not have teachable content - it is for student’s to complete using their prior work , knowledge and is something they can then use to test themselves. Truman, Eisenhower and Kennedy in terms of their Domestic and Foreign policy and Civil rights agenda. In line with the AQA American Dream A level unit.
OCR A A series of lessons on the Personal Rule of Charles I _leading up the English Civil War
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OCR A A series of lessons on the Personal Rule of Charles I _leading up the English Civil War

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Attached is a series of lessons covering the Personal Rule of Charles I to the start of the English Civil war. The lessons cover the beliefs of Charles and his royal prerogatives as well as Parliamentary privileges. The lessons show the development and growth of the political nation and shows how their beliefs and values were being challenged through the personal Rule of Charles. There are a number of activities including fill the gaps, quizzes, independent research, worksheets - all aimed at the OCR History specification. There is also a homework on the Grand Remonstrance which requires students to use sources to show how Parliament was divided the Grand Remonstrance. All lessons can be purchased individually. Whilst most of the lesson resources are on the ppt, a few activities require the use of the OCR War and Society text book.
OCR A Personal Rule - The Grand Remonstrance source work activity
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OCR A Personal Rule - The Grand Remonstrance source work activity

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This is just a brief task encouraging students to read the sources about the Remonstrance and answer questions on the back. The questions encourage students to use the evidence from the sources. The content covers the divisions that were emerging within Parliament about the Remonstrance and is a super start in allowing students to understand the complexities of the English Civil War and that it was not quite as simple as Parliament vs the King.
Causes of English Civil War Knowledge Organiser
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Causes of English Civil War Knowledge Organiser

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This is a Knowledge Organiser (KOs) which covers the short and long term causes of the English Civil War. Obviously as KOs, these only cover the absolute basics, however in conjunction with lessons and learning homework, the idea is that students gain valuable specific knowledge that they can then incorporate into their written answers. This KO could be used as a starter, recap, or as a learning homework that is then assessed in subsequent lessons. Some homework ideas that could be used along side this KO could be… Create 2 different revision (revision cards/ mindmap / mnemonic etc) to show how Charles ruled during his Personal Rule. Create a flow chart of the short term causes. Using the spider diagram on Tensions – recreate and give specific reasons for the increased in tensions between Parliament and the King 1629-1640. Create a mind map using the short and Long term causes of the Civil War. Don’t forget the key themes of tension!!! Quizzes on socrative The second sheet is exam specific criteria to help students identify the key skills for the GCSE Modern World A - Personal Rule to Restoration depth study.
Revision session Interwar to WW2 with with appeasement .OCR Explaining the Modern World A
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Revision session Interwar to WW2 with with appeasement .OCR Explaining the Modern World A

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This was the first revision session that I taught as an extra after school this year for the new explaining the modern world course. It does a whistle stop tour of the The Treaty of Versailles, League of Nations and an activity on the causes of WW2 and the interpretations of appeasement. As it is a revision session, it does not cover everything - but certainly gives the students enough coverage of the key events to start them on their own independent study. Attached is a sheet which works along side the ppt, setting mini activities for students to complete. There is also opportunities for students to complete some 5 mark style questions. At the end of the ppt there is a quick revision game of bingo. You will need the additional word document attached and ensure that you give a mixture of the cards out to the students to ensure you get a winner. This worked brilliantly with my Year 11 who are really struggling to cope with all the amount of revision.
AQA  A2 American Dream Time line activity.
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AQA A2 American Dream Time line activity.

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This activity is an excellent revision, covering all the aspects of the A2 AQA American dream unit from 1945- 1980. Students are asked to categorise the key events from social, economic, political, international and religious and then identify key changes and examples of continuity. The timeline alone is a useful resource for revision and can be printed out and used to check basic knowledge.
Cold War Historical interpretations timeline GCSE and A level
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Cold War Historical interpretations timeline GCSE and A level

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This is a useful resource that shows the timeline of events and the basic history historians were using to write their histories. It covers the basic historiography to enable GCSE students to be able to examine the events that surrounded the historians and their view points. This is brilliant for the GCSE course OCR A Explaining the modern world, but it certainly useful as a basic or starter guide to historiography for A level students and is something that has worked great this year. See also the Appeasement Historical interpretations Timeline .
How and why did Hitler and the Nazis have total control of Germany by 1934?
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How and why did Hitler and the Nazis have total control of Germany by 1934?

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This is two lessons work which charts the rise of Hitler and the Nazis to total power over Germany by 1934 and the death of President Hindenburg. There is a worksheet with questions which follows a short video linked in the ppt and then there is a consolidation exercise where students are encouraged to write paragraphs explaining their knowledge and understanding of the events. There are a number of opportunities where students are asked to evaluate their progress and understanding of these events throughout the lesson. These will work as stand alone lessons, but they do follow nicely on from my first lesson Hitler and the Nazis rise to power - this covers the concepts of democracy and dictatorship and how Germany went from one to the other. These lessons are suitable for KS3 year 9.
AQA A2 LBJ's Great Society with Primary sourcework
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AQA A2 LBJ's Great Society with Primary sourcework

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This is a couple of lessons work. It starts with a recap and an overall research task to obtain information to assess how successful was Lyndon Baines Johnson’s Great Society plans. Students are asked to produce a chart showing its successes and failures - there is a completed version included on the ppt which has a few examples. Following on from this, there is then a slide with some information about Sargent Shriver and his reasons for becoming frustrated with the Great Society. Some good Q&A could come from the statistic about the expense of the reforms against the cost of the Vietnam war. The second lesson uses the sourcework from the 2017 A2 AQA exam. Students are broken down into groups and asked to analyse their source in relation to the question and the markscheme - they are then to swap groups and share their knowledge about their source with other memembers. A homework task to write up their answers as an A2 answer is also included. This should NOT be used and set as cover work as teacher guidance is needed to facilitate group work and to ensure a higher level of analysis with the sources
Framlingham Castle  OCR A.  Overview of 4 key phases to its form. 2018 syllabus.
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Framlingham Castle OCR A. Overview of 4 key phases to its form. 2018 syllabus.

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This is 2 lessons approx, involving siting the chosen case study of Framlingham castle for the OCR Modern World A syllabus for 2018. This lesson develops into an overview of the changes to Framlingham castle's form and function. Included is a blank timeline and a ppt with lots of slides that makes the material slightly more accessible to learners than the text book. These can be used as a research activity to your liking - group work, research, or around the room collating, depending on your particular groups. This allows for appropriate differentiation - as the resources can be adapted. The timeline charts the key four phases of the castle as well as more specific changes to the form and function and the reasons why.
NEW AQA American Dream A2 source work
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NEW AQA American Dream A2 source work

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A lesson examining the requirements for the AQA A2 syllabus the American Dream Primary source work. The lesson briefly covers what the students need to do for each primary source. This should NOT be set as a cover lesson, it needs teacher guidance through the analysis. Students can work in pairs or threes, they are to analyse their source (on the ppt - I would print and blow these up to A3). they are to spend 5/6 mins completing what they can examining content and argument, tone and emphasis, provenance and contextual knowledge. Students are then to swap their source with another pair and continue analysing another source. Ideally all pairs should have seen all six sources. Once everyone has seen and had ago at annotating the sources, these can then be collated and a set photocopied for all students to have a mini booklet of sample answers.
OCR A explaining the Modern World ( USA 1945_1975)  Revision tasks and questions.
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OCR A explaining the Modern World ( USA 1945_1975) Revision tasks and questions.

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This resource has a number of revision tasks on the unit USA 1945-1975:Land of Liberty? period of the course. The task This is ideal resource can be used as a lesson resource to allow students to work independently whilst supporting their individual needs, or can be printed off and given as an aid to help them with their private study at home. This is 1/5 parts of the modern world element of the course. There is an overall pack which can also be purchased.
NEW USA 1945-1975 Land of Liberty.  Revision tasks for new OCR syllabus.
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NEW USA 1945-1975 Land of Liberty. Revision tasks for new OCR syllabus.

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This is an excellent revision on skills for the OCR modern world A syllabus with the depth study on USA 1945-1975. The lesson has some class led tasks on marking and answering certain styles of questions, with accompanying guidance on how they should go about answering the questions. At the end of the ppt there are extra questions which students can work through either in their own time or in another lesson. The lesson covers the short answer (2 mark), source work and the different types of styles that could be asked as well as the large 18 mark question requiring a balanced answer with a substantiated conclusion at the end.
Hitler's Steps to WW2
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Hitler's Steps to WW2

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A simple chart for student’s to complete to show Hitler’s steps to war and the response of Europe (largely Britain and France). This resource then works brilliantly with the “Was the Policy of appeasement a mistake?” resource, as students are able to understand Hitler’s actions and understand why people changed their minds about appeasement.
American Dream Primary Source evaluation plan AQA AS/A2
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American Dream Primary Source evaluation plan AQA AS/A2

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A source from the Southern Manifesto document and an appropriate AQA AS style question that encourages students to evaluate the primary source in relation to the exam criteria of provenance, tone, content and argument. By encouraging students to break down and analyse the source in relation to these specifics, it encourages them to always formulate their answer with the exam criteria in the forefront of their mind. This is only one source and it is therefore worth mentioning that for AS purposes they would need a futher source which they must then compare and decide which one offers more value. For A2 they would need a further 2 sources but they are not expected to compare the sources. This document works well with the How to answer a Primary Source flow chart document - one of my other resources available.
How the Tsar survived the 1905 revolution lesson and resources
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How the Tsar survived the 1905 revolution lesson and resources

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A super lesson that encourages students to identify the various actions and events surrounding the end of the 1905 revolution. The resources are within the ppt and can be printed off and used around the room for students to collect the information or used as part of a group task/ discussion. They are to discover the reasons why the Tsar survived and if he was strengthening or weakening the country. At the end students are asked to think about the short and long term impact of the Tsar's actions. This then leads onto a super assessment essay question - Did the Tsar's response to the 1905 revolution make Russia stronger or weaker.