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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.
Framlingham Castle OCR A  Layout form & function: Study of the historical environment 2018
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Framlingham Castle OCR A Layout form & function: Study of the historical environment 2018

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This follows on from 3 previous other lessons (also available), but could be a stand alone lesson. Within this lesson there are 3 documents. A ppt, a word document which has the layout of the Framlingham castle ( I suggest having this blown up to A3) and a chart comparing form and function throughout the ages - this can be used as a tick sheet for weaker students and a chance to explain and justify for more able students. The ppt has a variety of slides that can be printed out for students to work in groups - or an around the room activity. Students will need to examine the specific key physical changes to Framlingham's form under the various nobility and then add the info or picture to the A3 word document. They should then annotate the layout with the correct century, to show how the castle's form evolved over time. The final word document is to be used to show an overview of the function of the castle and again to see how this evolved over time. Weaker students could tick the castle's use ie, as security, as an impressive home, or as a charitable institution, and more able students could give examples of justification.
Interpretation questions GCSE writing frames
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Interpretation questions GCSE writing frames

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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.
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.
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.
A Level  Mid Tudor - Elizabeth I revision essay support planning sheets.
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A Level Mid Tudor - Elizabeth I revision essay support planning sheets.

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Included in this bundle are 6 essay planning sheets. There are a number of questions - each sheet has one standard A Level question. There are then the key issues that need to be addressed in order to be able to successfully answer the essay question. - This is for the student to then complete. It should be noted that these form only a basis for student's knowledge to aid in student's revision and serve to help weaker students plan and identify necessary content. However, it can still be useful as a checklist for moreable students. Included is a completed answer example of Elizabeth's last years. I hope your students find them useful.
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!
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.
AS AQA History - How to analyse Primary sources
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AS AQA History - How to analyse Primary sources

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Primary Source Analysis Flow Chart specifically for the AQA AS History specification but can be used for all primary source evaluations. An easy to use flow chart for AS students to help them meet the demands of the new Primary Source question for the AS AQA exam. The document helps weaker students formulate an answer helping them to structure their ideas, whilst offering some guidance and a checklist for more able students. It is complicated but it does work! The AQA exam question ask them to analyse the value of the source in relation to a specific question and then to make a comparison with another source about which offers the most value – in relation to the question. As part of this analysis, students are expected to comment on the provenance and tone (where relevant) as well as the context and argument of the period studied. For a top mark answer students need to be able to balance provenance, tone and context on their analysis of each source to provide a meaningful and substantiated judgement! It is tricky but this document helps students of all abilities meet the requirements being asked of them.
War and Society in Medieval Britain  - Revision task sheets C AD790-1500    GCSE OCR History A
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War and Society in Medieval Britain - Revision task sheets C AD790-1500 GCSE OCR History A

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

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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.
OCR History USA 1945-1975 Political activism Revision lesson.
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OCR History USA 1945-1975 Political activism Revision lesson.

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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.
AQA History A level Coursework Primary and Secondary sources record sheets.
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AQA History A level Coursework Primary and Secondary sources record sheets.

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Attached is 1 word document that has a brief outline of the AQA A level coursework and 2 charts one for primary source analysis and one for secondary sources, I usually blow these up to A3 to allow students plenty of opportunity to thoroughly investigate the sources. For the secondary sources there is scope to push the students to thoroughly investigate the historiography fully.
Framlingham Castle - OCR Who lived in a Castle like this?  .Historic environment 2018 syllabus.
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Framlingham Castle - OCR Who lived in a Castle like this? .Historic environment 2018 syllabus.

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This is the third lesson following the siting and overview of Framlingham Castle. This lesson tracks the history of the individuals who lived in the castle over the four phases. As there is lots of information - this has been done with the intention of trying to bring a bit of fun back to the GCSE course by them doing it in the style of Through the Keyhole! This could be done on an individual basis or as a class they could all complete a few of the personalities and then they could be photocopied. If there is time, a few students could be brave enough to do their own version of " Through the keyhole" and ask the questions..."who lived in castle like this?" A follow up task would then be for the students to put them all into chronological order.
Revision Plan New OCR Explaining the Modern World History A.
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Revision Plan New OCR Explaining the Modern World History A.

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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!
The Boer Wars For OCR War and Society Explaining the Modern World A
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The Boer Wars For OCR War and Society Explaining the Modern World A

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Attached is a couple of lessons work on the Boer war. Within the ppt, there is a link to a super documentary available on you tube called Scorched Earth. There is a worksheet to guide students through the programme - with various activities for students to complete. There is also a supplied answer sheet for teaching staff. The lesson will requires students to have access to the War in Society text book by Hodder education. There is a worksheet which can be printed off for students to complete regarding the impacts of the war on British society on the ppt - once they have an understanding of the background. There is also an SEN version of this on the ppt. At the end there are some exam style questions linking to the various imperial wars as recommended by OCR.
OCR GCSE War and society A lesson identifying the significance of war in medieval society 1290-1450
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OCR GCSE War and society A lesson identifying the significance of war in medieval society 1290-1450

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A lesson on Edward I. It covers the age of chivalry and the age of professional warfare. It examines 2 case studies as Edward I embarked upon his war in Wales and Scotland and then the hundred years war with France. Students are asked to complete worksheets and answer questions examining the impact of these conflicts on local, national, governement and psychological levels. The lesson draws together the key themes with a section on whether infact this period was an age of chivalry or an age of professional warfare. There are also some practise GCSE questions at the end. Attached is a ppt which has the resources at the end which can be printed off and completed by the students.
Mid_Tudor and Elizabeth Domino revision cards
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Mid_Tudor and Elizabeth Domino revision cards

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This is just a lovely little starter activity that can be used for revision on the Mid Tudors Edward and Mary and religious settlement of Elizabeth I. Cards need to be cut out and students then match up the answer with the question - they should then follow in a sequence if they've matched them up correctly. This is a super revision activity that I have used with lots of success for many years.
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.