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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.
Revision Plan New OCR Explaining the Modern World History A.

Revision Plan New OCR Explaining the Modern World History A.

This is a brilliant guide to help students prioritise and conduct their own independent revision for their GCSE. This gives a break down of OCR's Explaining the Modern World History A, with the Depth study of USA 1945-1975 and Personal rule of Charles I, plus War and Society and the castle study of Framlingham castle. This document can of course be adapted to fit the various other OCR modules, as and where relevant. As the new course requires so much content, we have chosen to give this to our yr 11 at the start of the year to help them build up a bank of resources in preparation for the exams in the summer. The chart allows students to complete the chart to show how confident they are with certain topics, and allows them to go back and reflect on specific areas. The aim is for them to get to point (hopefully by May) where they can happily complete the green smiley face for all of the sections; showing that they are confident with all the content for the GCSE!
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Revision tasks and sample questions. OCR A explaining the Modern World

Revision tasks and sample questions. OCR A explaining the Modern World

This resource covers all of OCR A explaining the Modern world - covering Interwar and Origins of WW2, Causes of the Cold War, Cold War crises and confrontations, the end of the Cold War and Post Cold War and USA 1945-1975 The Land of Liberty? There are numerous slides with different revision activities on each, all closely linked to the OCR specification. After each topic task slide there is a following slide which has sample questions which can be used to test student’s knowledge. These are all in the style of questions which will appear on the exam. These can be printed off in a booklet format (I have done this for my own groups) so that they can have support with their revision at home. This resource is perfect for all year 11 History students, but is something that could also be used for year 10 as part of the ongoing need for constant revision for this course.
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Interwar years to Origins of WW2 and appeasement interpretations. Revision cards OCR Modern World A

Interwar years to Origins of WW2 and appeasement interpretations. Revision cards OCR Modern World A

As the new GCSE is largely content driven, the objective of these flash cards are for students to try to help learn, revise, test and hopefully retain some knowledge of the early part of the course. The cards ask some basic comprehension questions - with some more complicated style qs that give a good overview of the Paris Peace conference and treaties, the LON successes and failures and the causes of WW2 with Hitler's actions. The cards are to be backed - the numbers on each question card correlate to the number on the answer card. The cards can be emailed out to students for them to print and revise at home, or can be printed off and cut up as part of a revision activity in lessons. There will be more to follow as I develop them.
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OCR History USA 1945-1975 Political activism Revision lesson.

OCR History USA 1945-1975 Political activism Revision lesson.

This is a whole revision session for OCR Modern world A USA 1945-1975 depth study. The lesson focuses on the political activism of the 1960s and 1970s linking to the Civil Rights movement. The lesson covers topics such as the women’s movement, Gay rights and the emergence of Gay pride, youth and student protests and hippy movement There is an interactive quiz and worksheet for students to record their answers and notes and a game at the end which enables students to discuss the role of each president’s actions during this time, evaluating their successes and failures.
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NEW AQA American Dream A2 source work

NEW AQA American Dream A2 source work

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. 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.
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OCR explaining the modern world international relations revision game GCSE

OCR explaining the modern world international relations revision game GCSE

A quick and simple revision game! This can be played as a whole class, in pairs or small groups, or even individually! Students will need a dice, they roll twice to gain the coordinates for the subject they must then explain. If they can talk relevantly about the topic for over 30 seconds they can double their dice score. This game covers the OCR specification Explaining the modern world from Treaty of Versailles up to the War on Terror.
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New History OCR A revision activities - International relations

New History OCR A revision activities - International relations

A lovely lesson (could easily be several) lessons for GCSE students to revise the international relations unit especially for OCR, but would work really well with AQA and Edexcel modern world syllabuses. The ppt explains the variety of tasks - Various slides should also be printed out as instructions for each table. Some of the tasks are also on the slides, but others are extra attachments such as the explain away game and the timeline cards. This is a good way to keep yr 11 engaged and proactive during those last few lessons.
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NEW USA 1945-1975 Land of Liberty.  Revision tasks for new OCR syllabus.

NEW USA 1945-1975 Land of Liberty. Revision tasks for new OCR syllabus.

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.
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NEW Revision Game War and Society OCR Modern World A spec.

NEW Revision Game War and Society OCR Modern World A spec.

A very simple revision game that can be done in pairs, small groups or as a whole class in teams. Students are to roll the dice twice to come up with their coordinates for their clue on the board. They are then to respond to the clue. If they do this successfully they win the points on the dice. If they are able to give examples and discuss for 30 seconds their scores can be doubled. I often do this kind of activity as a class with them in teams. If a team can not answer, then they must hunt out the examples before they can rejoin! A fun way to bring in and cover lots of content as part of the revision process.
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NEW USA 1945-1975: Land of Liberty Revision Game. OCR spec compatible.

NEW USA 1945-1975: Land of Liberty Revision Game. OCR spec compatible.

A revision game to encourage students to explain the various key terms and events during 1945-1975 USA: Land of Liberty unit for the OCR Modern World A GCSE curriculum. This will also work along side any exam board for basic content as it more about getting students to recall information about certain topics to win points. This could be adapted as a whole class game / small group game and if students are unable to explain their answers, their task could be to go away and find out so that they can then come and join back in once they have gained the knowledge.
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OCR  History A Explaining the modern world revision task overview.

OCR History A Explaining the modern world revision task overview.

Attached is a very simple lesson, covering the entire Explaining the modern world A syllabus for OCR. The Lesson is simple clockface with various sections broken down into 5 min sections. Students are to spend 5 mins completing what they know about each section under the 5 min time slot! The sections cover Treaty of Versailles all the way through to the New danders and Post cold war. There is also an extra session where students can add notes and give examples of nationalism and internationalism.
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OCR GCSE War and Society Thematic study revision overview task

OCR GCSE War and Society Thematic study revision overview task

This is a great GCSE revision lesson or 2 to allow students the opportunity to reflect on the whole OCR War and Society unit AD790 - 2010 in terms of themes. The lesson starts by explaining the various skills that they need and gives them a useful list of key words that they should be using when analysing significance, cause, consequences etc. Student can then use the table and list of divisions to identify the nature of the division, be it, plunder, ambition, conquest, defence, terror, etc and then assess whether for each period it was an internal or external conflict as well as then assessing the concept of support. There is then a list of the styles of questions, plus examination guidance on how to structure their answers for this unit. At the end there are then opportunities for students to reflect on their completed chart and identify key themes, such as how the nature of conflict has changed across time. As this course is so heavily content driven, this has proved invaluable in allowing students to reflect and form an overview, something which is essential for the bigger questions on this unit.
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USA 1945-1974 Revision - Civil Rights OCR Modern World A GCSE

USA 1945-1974 Revision - Civil Rights OCR Modern World A GCSE

This is a revision lessons that examines the other key issues in the civil rights movement. This has been designed with the OCR Modern World A USA 1945 - 1974 People and the state in mind but will work along side other exam boards for content. The lesson includes a worksheet to accompany the powerpoint and hyperlinks to various you tube links. The lesson does a brief recap of previous knowledge and then extends to the issue of Black Power, covering the Black Panthers and the Kerner report. It then examines the role and influence of Malcolm X and other groups who helped contribute to the Civil Rights Act of 1964 - such as the African diplomats visit in the USA. The lesson then examines the role of each president in the 60s and 70s, with a card sort task for students to identify the contributions and limitations of each president in the civil rights campaign. There is also a slide about analysing sources and a source based question worth 5 marks.
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AQA  A2 American Dream Time line activity.

AQA A2 American Dream Time line activity.

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.
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Revision Imperial warfare_ for GCSE OCR A  war and society course

Revision Imperial warfare_ for GCSE OCR A war and society course

This is a one hour revision lesson on Imperial warfare covering the Seven years war, the Napoleonic, Boer and Crimean wars and their impacts on British society. The worksheet contains numerous tasks from making notes, to categorising. This is to enable the students to access a lot of material quickly so that they are then able to get onto the more important tasks of planning and answering GCSE style questions.
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Interpretation questions GCSE writing frames

Interpretation questions GCSE writing frames

This is a revision lesson specifically for the OCR modern World A syllabus that deals with the two different styles of interpretation questions on Appeasement and the Cold War. Having found that students find interpretations challenging, this activity, involves examining 6 sources, 3 on appeasement and 3 on the cold war and then analaysing them according to the two different styles of questions. Q3 Is this a fair interpretation? and Q4 which states, Explain why not all historians would agree with this interpretation. For each source there is a basic writing frame for both style of questions. With support from the ppt and guided questions, this activity should allow students to identify what they need to do for each style of question.
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GCSE revision after the Cold War and the rise of al-Qaeda.  OCR

GCSE revision after the Cold War and the rise of al-Qaeda. OCR

A GCSE revision lesson based on the OCR modern world A specification. This could also be used as a consolidation lesson. The worksheet works along side the ppt, giving students opportunities to work independently or in pairs, on tasks such as matching up events with the countries, mini mindmap on Bin Laden, a True and False quiz, a note taking exercise on the more extreme actions of as-Qaeda, culminating in 9-11, the lesson finishes with a youtube clip covering the USA’s response and their war on terror. There are also some sample questions on the ppt for students to complete.
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End of Cold War, Reagan and Gorbachev  GCSE revision lesson OCR

End of Cold War, Reagan and Gorbachev GCSE revision lesson OCR

A super GCSE revision lesson also suitable as a consolidation lesson. Includes ppt and worksheet covering the end of the Cold war and the impact of Reagan and Gorbachev on various events. The worksheet works along side the ppt, giving students options to work out the actions of which leader, match up key words with their definitions, complete a timeline showing the reductions in Cold War, make notes on a short youtube clip about the collapse of the Soviet Union. There is a section which examines specific crisis in Poland, Romania and Germany with some sample questions to test students knowledge at the end with OCR 5 and 10 mark style questions.
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Was the policy of appeasement a mistake - interpretations work in prep for GCSE

Was the policy of appeasement a mistake - interpretations work in prep for GCSE

This is worksheet for a lesson in Year 9 in preparation for getting students to understand the various historiography for appeasement at GCSE. This simplistically encourages students to identify the arguments for and against the policy. Student are then encouraged to complete an opinion poll and make a decision over how they would have felt about Hitler and the policy of appeasement in 1938 and then again for 1939. Students should be able to see how the circumstances surrounding Hitler’s actions changed people’s views and opinions.
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War and Society in Medieval Britain  - Revision task sheets C AD790-1500    GCSE OCR History A

War and Society in Medieval Britain - Revision task sheets C AD790-1500 GCSE OCR History A

This is a series of tasks serving as an overview for the War and Society unit for the OCR Modern world A unit - Medieval to 1500, designed to help with the massive amount of content required for this course. These revision sheets cover the threat of the Vikings and Saxon’s responses, the Norman conquest and it’s impact, the break down of the Feudal system, the Anarchy and King John and the Barons, the Age of Chivalry, and the Hundred years’ war. The intention being to give a decent overview from which to start effective revision. Students can always use their class notes to add extra details to these tasks. Some of the tasks included involve completing charts, categorising and adding evidence. The sheets are broken down into the time period, type of warfare, attitude and responses and the impact on the British people. There are extra aspects to some - such as why was the Norman Conquest successful as this is covered in the exam spec. There are also some opportunities for students to answer an 8 and a 14 mark questions.
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Rise of Hitler and the Nazis and their consolidation of power.

Rise of Hitler and the Nazis and their consolidation of power.

These lessons are suitable for Year 9 or KS3. A couple of lessons that track the rise of Hitler and the Nazis and their consolidation to total power over Germany by 1934. These lessons deal with issues such as democracy and dictatorship and examines the various stages that took place that enabled Hitler to take power, from the impact of the depression to the death of President Hindenburg. There are frequent opportunities for students to check and evaluate their progress. The first lesson contains a short clip - but this must be stopped and explained frequently to allow the students to understand the complexities. The second lesson also has a short clip and there is pdf of questions to support this. At the end of the lesson students can play a game of scrabble - well kind of, they have to write 3 paragraphs and use correctly various historical terms to win points
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Rise of Hitler questions for the Hitler's rise to power.

Rise of Hitler questions for the Hitler's rise to power.

A great activity for year 9 understanding the rise of Hitler and the Nazis. This can be completed as an extension activity if the content has previously been taught. There is a link to a youtube clip on the top of the sheet and the questions follow in chronological order. The worksheet covers everything from the depression to the various elections, the burning down of the Reichstag, Night of Long knives, and the death of Hindenburg.
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Revision tasks and sample questions. OCR A explaining the Modern World

Revision tasks and sample questions. OCR A explaining the Modern World

This resource covers all of OCR A explaining the Modern world - covering Interwar and Origins of WW2, Causes of the Cold War, Cold War crises and confrontations, the end of the Cold War and Post Cold War and USA 1945-1975 The Land of Liberty? There are numerous slides with different revision activities on each, all closely linked to the OCR specification. After each topic task slide there is a following slide which has sample questions which can be used to test student’s knowledge. These are all in the style of questions which will appear on the exam. These can be printed off in a booklet format (I have done this for my own groups) so that they can have support with their revision at home. This resource is perfect for all year 11 History students, but is something that could also be used for year 10 as part of the ongoing need for constant revision for this course.
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Cold War confrontations.  Revision tasks and questions. OCR A explaining the Modern World

Cold War confrontations. Revision tasks and questions. OCR A explaining the Modern World

This resource has a number of revision tasks on the Cold War crises and confrontation period of the course. The task sheet is then followed by OCR specification style questions to help the students apply their knowledge to the questions. 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 be purchased covering all the units and the depth study of the USA 1945- 1975.
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