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The Nerdy History Teacher

A selection of resources for History Teaching, for KS3 and GCSE (AQA and Edexcel). Subject specialist in Medicine and Scientific History.

A selection of resources for History Teaching, for KS3 and GCSE (AQA and Edexcel). Subject specialist in Medicine and Scientific History.
Weapons of WWI: Gap Fill Activity
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Weapons of WWI: Gap Fill Activity

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A gap fill activity which covers planes, tanks, artillery, gas and machine guns. For each weapon, it covers how each developed over the war, strengths and weaknesses of each weapon and an example of where they were used. Aimed at AQA GCSE Conflict and tension: 1894-1918
Russia Leave WWI: Gap Fill Activity
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Russia Leave WWI: Gap Fill Activity

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A gap fill exercise which covers the problems the Russian Army faced in WWI, why they leave WWI and the Treaty of Brest-Litovsk. There are two activities per sheet, or the text could be copied and adapted to be set as online work on a vle/sharepoint platform. Aimed at AQA GCSE Conflict and Tension: 1894-1918
The Enlightenment Gap Fill Activity
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The Enlightenment Gap Fill Activity

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A gap fill (/missing words/fill in the blanks) activity focused on the Enlightenment of the 1700s. This activity covers the decline in the impact of the church, growth in interest in sciences and the Scientific Revolution, and an overview of changes in medical beliefs and spread of pandemics. This activity is suitable for all Medicine through Time syllabuses. There are two activities per sheet, or the text could be copied and adapted to be set as online work on a vle/sharepoint platform.
Why USA enter WWI - Colour Code Activity
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Why USA enter WWI - Colour Code Activity

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A colour code activity to match key information with the 3 main reasons why USA join WWI (Unrestricted Submarine Warfare, the sinking of the Lusitania and the Zimmermann Telegram). Has a challenge task at the bottom for more able learners. Aimed at AQA GCSE Conflict and Tension: 1894-1918. There are two activities per sheet, or the text could be copied and adapted to be set as online work on a vle/sharepoint platform.
Build a Model of a Trench - Task Sheet
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Build a Model of a Trench - Task Sheet

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A fun activity where students build a model of a trench system based on what they can see in the pictures. Normally done with playdoh (for modelling) and small post-its (for labels), but has been done with craft materials (paper, card, some colours etc…). At home, it could be made using flour and salt dough, cushions & blankets… Suitable for KS2, KS3 and GCSE students studying WWI.
The Development of Penicillin ( 1938 onwards): Information sheet
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The Development of Penicillin ( 1938 onwards): Information sheet

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This information sheet is about the development of Alexander Fleming’s discovery of penicillin by Florey and Chain from 1938 onwards. The test gives details on the research of Florey and Chain, their experiments in 1940 (on mice) and 1941 (on a human) and how it began to be mass produced. This information could be printed or copied and adapted to be posted on an e-learning platform for students to use for self-study or revision.
Over The Top WWI Tactic Card Sort
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Over The Top WWI Tactic Card Sort

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A card sort which can be used as a chronology task (perhaps with some supporting information), a differentiated task for less able/students with weak literacy to reduce writing pressure, or as a mini-plenary to check students' understanding of the tactic. Card sort is already mixed up on the printable and are formatted 4 to a sheet (to reduce printing). Answers are on the second page. A card sort aimed at AQA GCSE WWI (Conflict and Tension, 1894 - 1918)which describes the 'Over the Top' tactic. However, it is just as relevant for Key Stage 3 students who are studying WWI.
Louis Pasteur Germ Theory Gap Fill
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Louis Pasteur Germ Theory Gap Fill

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A gap fill (/missing words/fill in the blanks) activity focused on Louis Pasteur and his discovery of Germ Theory. This activity covers why Pasteur was researching the cause of decay, his methods and the discovery. This activity is suitable for all Medicine through Time syllabuses. There are two activities per sheet, or the text could be copied and adapted to be set as online work on a vle/sharepoint platform.
Fleming's Discovery (Penicillin) Gap Fill
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Fleming's Discovery (Penicillin) Gap Fill

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A gap fill (/missing word/fill in the blanks activity) covering Fleming’s Discovery of penicillin. It covers Fleming’s background before the discovery, the events of 1928 and why Fleming did not further pursue penicillin. This resource is suitable for all Medicine Through Time syllabuses.
Revision Sheet (AQA GCSE WWI Part 3: The End of the War)
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Revision Sheet (AQA GCSE WWI Part 3: The End of the War)

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A double sided revision sheet for students to fill in with own knowledge. Can be used in class or set for home learning. Topics covered are US Entry, Russian Withdrawal, German Spring Offensive, Allied Advance. On the reverse there is a gap fill exercise on the end of the war (impact of blockades, abdication of Kaiser, signing of the Armistice) and a Q9 question for students to complete.
Theory of the Four Humours: Gap Fill Activity
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Theory of the Four Humours: Gap Fill Activity

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A gap fill (/missing words/fill in the blanks) activity focused on the Theory of the Four Humours by Hippocrates. This activity covers what the four humours were, who developed them and when. It also gives examples of imbalances, and how the humours were linked to astrology, personality traits and seasons. This activity is suitable for all Medicine through Time syllabuses. There are two activities per sheet, or the text could be copied and adapted to be set as online work on a vle/sharepoint platform.
WWI End of Topic Knowledge Audit
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WWI End of Topic Knowledge Audit

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For AQA GCSE WWI (Conflict and tension 1894-1918) A knowledge audit to help students identify strengths and weaknesses in their knowledge. Could be used for end of topic, or more regularly to track progress.
Battle of the Somme Gap Fill
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Battle of the Somme Gap Fill

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A gap fill exercise which covers the causes and events of the Battle of the Somme. Formatted 3 to a sheet to reduce photocopying. Aimed at AQA GCSE Conflict and Tension: 1894-1918
Smallpox Gap Fill Activity
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Smallpox Gap Fill Activity

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A gap fill (/missing word/fill in the blanks) activity sheet on Smallpox. This activity covers what smallpox is (with pictures), why it was a threat from 1700 onwards, how people tried to prevent and cure the disease and what inoculation was and the problems with inoculation. This activity is suitable for all Medicine through Time syllabuses. This is a sheet-based task, however the text could be copied and adapted to be set as online work on a vle/sharepoint platform.
NHS Information Sheet (1948-1960s)
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NHS Information Sheet (1948-1960s)

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An information sheet about the founding and development of the NHS from 1948 until the 1960s. The sheet includes: introduction and aims of the NHS services offered how the NHS was different to the National Insurance Act of 1911 impact of the NHS changes implemented in the 1960s This is a printable resource (covers one side of a4), but it could be copied and adapted to be uploaded , or set as part of e-learning. It is suitable for all Medicine GCSE syllabuses.
Humanism Gap Fill Activity
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Humanism Gap Fill Activity

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A gap fill (/missing blanks/fill in the gap) activity covering Humanism and Renaissance medicine. The activity covers what humanism was, how it was different to medieval beliefs, and the effect it had on beliefs such as religion, Galen and Hippocrates. This activity is suitable for the Edexcel Medicine through Time syllabus. There are two activities per sheet, or the text could be copied and adapted to be set as online work on a vle/sharepoint platform.
How far did medicine improve in the 1900s Information Sheet
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How far did medicine improve in the 1900s Information Sheet

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An information sheet about how far medicine improved in the 1900s. Suitable for all Medicine GCSE syllabuses (although written for Edexcel). In includes details on : the development of vaccinations in the 1900s (national vaccination programs, compulsory vaccinations, the polio vaccine and and childhood vaccines given today) government legislation, such as clean air acts and legislation on water developments and problems with modern treatment improved access to care and a brief overview of the role of the NHS When printed, this sheet covers two sides. However, it is also suitable for digital upload onto an online learning platform and set as e-learning.
Renaissance Communications: info & activity
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Renaissance Communications: info & activity

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A task sheet about the improvements in communications in the Renaissance era and their impact on medicine. This sheet contains information on the developments of the Renaissance, a review activity for the students to complete (by matching sentence halves) and a 12-mark exam style question to complete. This activity is perfect for distance or e-learning, class work or setting for home learning.
Black Death: gap fill and ranking activity
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Black Death: gap fill and ranking activity

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There are two tasks on this worksheet: The first is a gap fill (/missing word/fill in the gaps) activity covering where the Black Death of 1347 came from, why is spread around the world so quickly, how humans get infected, symptoms of the bubonic plague, and medieval reactions to the disease. The second task is a ranking activity, asking students to reflect on what they have learnt in the gap fill and rank the reasons why the Black Death spread so quickly. This activity is suitable for all Medicine through Time syllabuses. Although this is a sheet-based activity, the text could be copied and adapted to be set as online work on a vle/sharepoint platform.