Shell Shock during WWI - the case of Harry Farr

Shell Shock during WWI - the case of Harry Farr

An in depth investigation lesson into the argument for and against the idea Harry Farr was guilty of cowardice during WWI, with fully prepared card sort, venn diagram, writing frame and written success criteria. Could be ideal for an observation lesson!
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The Stuarts - The origins, course and aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot.

The Stuarts - The origins, course and aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot.

A perfect way to introduce the topic of the Stuarts to pupils. Involves them taking on the role of reporters completing a newspaper report into the origins, course and aftermath of the Gunpowder Plot - starting with a brief introduction to James I and the plotters and then moving on to investigating exactly why the plot was launched, why it failed and what happened to the plotters. Several engaging clips are also included as added insight into the plot and what might've happened had the explosion occurred. Newspaper sheet is ideal for low ability students to use, whilst high ability students can use structure on the PPoint. Pack includes: -PowerPoint -Differentiated newspaper report sheet -Two information sheets to use to support completion of task Ideal for a mixed or high ability Y8 class!
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World War One - How useful is Blackadder in helping us learn about WWI?

World War One - How useful is Blackadder in helping us learn about WWI?

A lesson that involves the pupils watching Blackadder and completing the attached grid on the ideas it connotes about the experiences of soldiers in WWI. Students complete the left- hand column of the grid during the lesson as they watch the episode 'Goodbyeee' and then complete the second part of the grid for homework based on what they've covered in other lessons in which they explain whether Blackadder is 'accurate', 'partially accurate' or 'inaccurate' in its depictions of experiences of soldiers during WWI. NB - This lesson does rely on the students having covered several key topics linked to WWI already such as - how it started, General Haig and the Battle of the Somme and conditions in the trenches. So long as they have done so, they should be fine to complete this task. Pack includes: -PowerPoint summarising Blackadder -Grid to be completed as the episode plays.
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Medieval England - The routines and experiences of a Medieval peasant

Medieval England - The routines and experiences of a Medieval peasant

A simple and engaging lesson into the routines and experiences of a typical Medieval peasant living in the countryside 900 years ago. Involves students using clips and information to investigate with an interview transcript being the main focus of the lesson. Pack includes: -PowerPoint -Handouts on the experiences of peasants in the countryside. -Interview transcript sheet Ideal for a mixed ability Year 7 class currently studying Medieval England!
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Medieval England- the features and rules of a Medieval village (could be a group work lesson too)

Medieval England- the features and rules of a Medieval village (could be a group work lesson too)

A creativity-based lesson into the features of a Medieval village which involves students using an information handout and PPoint images to investigate what the features and rules were in a Medieval village, before going to design a Medieval village of their own according to specific criteria. An ideal lesson for allowing students to get creative and even potentially work in groups of 3 or 4 when designing their village - e.g. through use of A3 sugar paper, felt etc. Pack includes: -PowerPoint -Differentiated information handout and the features and rules of a typical Medieval village. -Self-assessement critieria sheet for Medieval village design task. Ideal for a mixed ability Year 7 class currently studying Medieval England!
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Medieval England - Investigating the most common jobs/actions in Medieval times

Medieval England - Investigating the most common jobs/actions in Medieval times

A nice little kinaesthetic lesson into the most common jobs our ancestors undertook in Medieval times. Involves students cutting and matching the job title to description and to investigate these areas, with higher ability pupils considering links between these jobs and why many of these jobs are not as widely undertaken today. Also contains links to interesting clip about some of the even filthier job that existed in Medieval times! Pack includes: -PowerPoint -Handout with job title headings on. -Handout with job descriptions on. Ideal for a mixed ability Year 7 class currently studying Medieval England!
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Medeival England - Health and hygiene in Medieval towns and cities

Medeival England - Health and hygiene in Medieval towns and cities

A engaging lesson into the filthy conditions in Medieval towns and cities. Involves students using clips, information and sources to make notes on areas such as; baths, toilets, water, floors roads and rubbish. Using these notes, students then go on to complete an extended poster/display on hygiene in the Medieval period. Could perhaps be spread over two lessons or be done as a paired group task if you wish. Pack includes: -PowerPoint -Animated image of Medieval England (for starter activity). -Handouts to support students with poster/display task. Ideal for a mixed ability Year 7 class currently studying Medieval England!
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Medieval England - The diets/routine of a typical Medieval peasant!

Medieval England - The diets/routine of a typical Medieval peasant!

An engaging lesson into the diet and eating habits of both peasants and barons who lived in Medieval times. Involves students using the grid (pictured) highlighting the diet/routine of a Medieval peasant and comparing this to their own by completing two 24 hour clock diagrams, highlighting what both the peasant and they would be doing/eating across a typical working day. Students are then asked to summarise how their routine/diet compares overall to their Medieval ancestors in a conclusion. Pack includes: -PowerPoint -Clock sheet with two blank clock diagrams (one for the student's typical diet/routine and one for that of a Medieval peasant) -Information sheet for extension activity which comes after main task has been completed. Ideal for a mixed ability Year 7 class currently studying Medieval England!
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Medieval England - What were the causes key events and long-term effects of the Crusades?

Medieval England - What were the causes key events and long-term effects of the Crusades?

A simple and engaging lesson into the origins and key events of the Crusades. Involves students using clips and an information sheet to investigate these areas, with a students given a variety of differentiated ways of attempting main task. Extension activity also includes snakes and ladders game which students always enjoy playing. Homework task is also included, which considers some of the long-term effects of the crusades and requires students to rank these in a diamond 9 and justify their views. Pack includes: -PowerPoint -Information sheet on the key events of the Crusades -Snakes and Ladders game -Diamond 9 homework task. Ideal for a mixed ability Year 7 class currently studying Medieval England!
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Medieval England - Was life in Medieval towns and cities one of Muck and Misery?

Medieval England - Was life in Medieval towns and cities one of Muck and Misery?

An in depth investigation lesson into the argument for and against the idea that Medieval towns and cities were filthy and miserable places to have lived 700 years ago. Could be ideal for an observation lesson! Pack includes: -PowerPoint -Fully prepared and differentiated card sort (with lower and higher ability cards) -Venn diagram -Writing frame and challenging structure for extended written task. -Success Criteria for extended writing task.
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Medieval England - the origins and effects of the Domesday Book

Medieval England - the origins and effects of the Domesday Book

A simple and engaging lesson into the origins and effects of the Domesday Book. Involves students using clips and sources to investigate these areas, with a link also being made to how the effects of the book can still be seen in society today. Pack includes: -PowerPoint -Differentiated set of sources on the origins and effects of the Domesday Book. -Question sheet linked to sources Ideal for a mixed ability Year 7 class currently studying Medieval England!
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Medieval England - The features and strengths and dangers of motte and bailey castles

Medieval England - The features and strengths and dangers of motte and bailey castles

An ideal lesson as a mean of introducing students to the topic of castles. An engaging lesson into the origins of castles in general in England, with the subsequent focus being on the features and strengths and weaknesses of motte and bailey castles. This involves the students using a clip and diagram to gauge these ideas and the tasks on this worksheet (pictured) become progressively more challenging throughout. This particular worksheet is followed by a (differentitated) extended written task into the experieces of a baron living in one which has been attacked! Students using clips and diagrams to investigate these areas, with students also being asked to peer-check their partner's work at the end! Pack includes: -PowerPoint -Differentiated tasks examining the features of a motte and bailey castle. -Writing frame and challenge structure for extended writing task from the point of a view of a baron living in a motte and bailey castle which has been attacked. Ideal for a mixed ability Year 7 class currently studying Medieval England!
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Medieval England - the features and dangers of attacking Stone Keep castles

Medieval England - the features and dangers of attacking Stone Keep castles

An engaging lesson that is best taght as a follow up to my other lesson on the strengths and weaknesses of motte and bailey castles. Students use clips and diagrams to investigate how stone keep castles changed over time and how their design made them so effective at keeping enemies out! Main task consists of students writing in the first person to complete two interview transcripts between barons who each live in a different type of stone keep castle. Students then have option of either drawing or building their own castle for themselves based on how would've chosen to design their castles had they been among the first Norman barons and knights to invade England. Pack includes: -PowerPoint -Differentiated interview transcript tasks examining the features of a motte and bailey castle. -Informtation sheet on stone keep castles Ideal for a mixed ability Year 7 class currently studying Medieval England!
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World War One - Medicine and surgery during WWI

World War One - Medicine and surgery during WWI

This is a Medicine Through Time lesson that has been adapted for a Year 8 or 9 class who are studying WWI. It involves the students learning about the important advances that were made in medicine and surgery during WWI which we are still hugely lucky to benefit from today; namely, X-Rays, blood transfusions, surgery and skin grafts. Students look at a clip which develops their knowledge on this and then complete an interview transcript featuring a surgeon who has worked during WWI who is reflecting on his experiences. Pack includes: -PPoint -Information handout on medicine and surgery -Interview transcript sheet for main task. Ideal for a Year 8 or 9 mixed ability class studying WWI and should hopefully help them appreciate just how much they benefit from the sacrifices surgeons and soldiers made during WWI.
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World War One - Was life always bad in the trenches?

World War One - Was life always bad in the trenches?

This lesson offers an interesting insight into some of the positive experiences soldiers in WWI had during their time in the trenches. Involves students using clips and sources to investigate how it wasn't consistently terrible for soldiers fighting in WWI. Also touches on the role of censorship during WWI and how soldiers often communicated with their loved ones. Pack includes: -PowerPoint -Differentiated set of sources on the positive experiences of soldiers during WWI. -Writing grid for source analysis task. Ideal for a mixed ability Year 8 or Year 9 class currently studying WWI!
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World War One - Group work lesson on the homefront

World War One - Group work lesson on the homefront

This n involves students working in groups of at least four to investigate the following aspects of life on the homefront: recruitment, women, children and entertainment. Students each choose an aspect of the homefornt they wish to investigate, spend time researching it, feedback to their peers and then collectively produce an A3 sugar paper or Powerpoint presentation base on what they've found out Can obviously be adapted as you see fit for your class. Pack includes a number of resources: -PPoint -Information sheets on all four aspects of life on the homefront stated above -Question sheets on all four aspects of life on the homefront stated above -Note taking sheet. Ideal for a Y8 or Y9 mixed ability class studying WWI.
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World War One - What equipment did soldiers use in the trenches?

World War One - What equipment did soldiers use in the trenches?

A kinaesthetic insight into the various pieces of equipment soldiers took with them when they went off to fight in WWI in 1914. It involves students starting by labelling the features of a trench and then matchingThis involves getting the students to watch a clip and analyse a series of propaganda posters from WWI. Also touches on the role of Pals Battalions and their importance in encouraging men to join. Students are set homework task linked to investigating this further. Pack includes: -PPoint -Starter activity - labelling the features of a trench -Fourteen equipment cards (to be displayed around classroom) -Answer grid/pictures for around the room activity. Perfect for a mixed ability Year 8 or Year 9 class who are involved in studying WWI!
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World War One - Why did men join the army and what propaganda was used to help persuade them?

World War One - Why did men join the army and what propaganda was used to help persuade them?

A compelling insight into the various reasons why some soldiers decided to sign up for the army in 1914. It involves students analysing four differentiated accounts about four men decided to join the army and also explains how and why the government was effective in using propaganda effectively to help persuade them. This involves getting the students to watch a clip and analyse a series of propaganda posters from WWI. Also touches on the role of Pals Battalions and their importance in encouraging men to join. Students are set homework task linked to investigating this further. Pack includes: -PPoint -Differentiated accounts of four men who signed up for the army in 1914. -Answer grid for students to explain the reasons each men decided to join the army. -Propaganda posters with space provided for student to analyse each one effectively. Perfect for a mixed ability Year 8 or Year 9 class who are involved in studying WWI!
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World War One - What role did animals play in WWI?

World War One - What role did animals play in WWI?

This lesson involves students finding out about the role animals played in the war (particularly horses, mules and dogs) through a combination of visual and written resources. The lesson also mentions how the sacrifices made by animals in this war and others are remembered today. My class seemed to really enjoy this topic and I hope yours will too. Pack includes: -PowerPoint -Differentiated handout on the role of dogs in WWI. -Differentiated handout on the role of hoses and mules in WWI.
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World War One - Weapons and Conditions in the trenches during WWI. (2 lessons)

World War One - Weapons and Conditions in the trenches during WWI. (2 lessons)

This is an engaging two lesson investigation into weapons and conditions which soldiers experienced in the trenches. It involves students using two information sheet/cards on weapons and problems and solutions to the awful conditions in the trenches to then create a pre-prepared differentiated advice leaflet for soldiers going off to fight in the war. Pack you'll get includes; - 2 PowerPoints -An information sheet on the weapons of WWI -A matching card sort activity on the problems with the conditions in trenches and solutions the soldiers came up with to them -A pre-prepared differentiated advice leaflet which the students fill in based on what they learn. Perfect activities for getting students in a mixed ability Y8 or Y9 class interested in WWI!
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World War One - Why did the Schlieffen Plan go wrong?

World War One - Why did the Schlieffen Plan go wrong?

A simple overview of what The Schlieffen Plan was designed to do and how it wrong. It also explains how and why WWI ended up being fought in trenches. Involves students doing a cut and stick activity in which they match the key stages of the plan using maps and descriptions, followed by a summary writing task at the end. Pack includes: -PowerPoint -Easy-to-understand maps outlining the different phases of the Schlieffen Plan's failure - Description cards which match with the maps as part of sorting activity -Writing frame for final written task.
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