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Jack the Ripper and Crime in Whitechapel
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Jack the Ripper and Crime in Whitechapel

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Lesson series focusing on Jack the Ripper. Includes a lesson in which students pretend to be investigators and follow through the Whitechapel murders as though they are police in H division, looking at the evidence as it comes in and making structured notes on the crimes and their effect on the people of Whitechapel as well as the way that the crimes are reported in the press. Resources are also available for students to look at the main suspects in the crimes. Also includes a lesson on living conditions in Whitechapel in order to help students understand the social context of the Whitechapel murders. This lesson series provides opportunities for students to analyse sources, look at the causes of crime in Whitechapel, understand police methodology in the 19th century and consider the impact of the press on the police investigation. All resources are provided in a dyslexia friendly font and with clear and uncluttered slides. Students tend to enjoy the creative aspects of the tasks as well as the opportunity to examine the Whitechapel murders from the perspective of the police investigation and find the experience immersive and engaging. Ideal for students in KS3 or for a unit on Crime and Punishment at KS4.
How big is your Carbon Footprint?
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How big is your Carbon Footprint?

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An activity to get students to think about the carbon footprint of different aspects of their lives. Students read the statements in the boxes and see which one best describes themselves. They then colour the corresponding section of the footprint. The more carbon intensive their lifestyle, the bigger the coloured footprint will be. This is a good way get students to think about the way their lifestyle choices effect the environment and prompts discussion about how students can reduce their carbon footprint.
Ecosystems
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Ecosystems

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A collection of resources for a topic on ecosystems suitable for geography or biology. The lesson series focuses on 3 different ecosystems- desert, ocean and rainforest and considers how animals adapt to their environment and different ways that humans impact ecosystems through extraction of fossil fuels, carbon emissions and plastic pollution. It concludes with a lesson on creating sustainability. These lessons are ideal for students in KS3. All resources are provided in a dyslexia friendly font and with clear and uncluttered slides.
Introduction to sources- Provenance and Bias
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Introduction to sources- Provenance and Bias

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A lesson to help students understand the historical value of a biased source. This lesson was created as a stand alone intervention to a problem with student source analysis but also works really well as part of a series introducing students to source analysis in KS3. Students will look at an example of a very biased (and funny) source about the outcome of a battle and then complete several activities to see how a historian might be able to infer a lot from a biased source. This lesson was created to help deal with the issue of students dismissing the historical value of sources due to bias. I found many students writing analysis like: “this source is not useful to a historian because it is biased so can’t be trusted.” The aim of this lesson was to encourage a deeper level of analysis about what can be inferred from a biased source when understood in the context of its provenance rather than dismissing the source off hand and show students how a historian might approach a biased source and how much historical insight is possible based on such a source. The lesson is themed around Ancient Egyptian history but does not actually require any prior knowledge nor is the subject matter particularly relevant to the overall learning as the intention is to improve students conceptual understanding. All resources are provided in a dyslexia friendly font and with clear and uncluttered slides. Discussion notes are included in the notes section on the power point for further understanding.
Norman Conquest
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Norman Conquest

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A series of around 8 lessons designed for year 7s. The lessons are designed to be fun and engaging with activities that include moving around the classroom and physical engagement. This is balanced with a collection of comprehension, description, analysis and judgement writing tasks to help develop students’ basic historical writing skills. Several of the lessons include different possible tasks The lessons are as follows: L1: Claimants to the Throne L2: The Battle of Stamford Bridge L3: The Battle of Hastings L4: Consolidation of Power L5: Motte and Bailey Castles L6: Building Castles L7: Attacking and Defending Castles L8: The Feudal System These lessons are ideal for students in KS3. All resources are provided in a dyslexia friendly font and with clear and uncluttered slides. Resources are also provided with dyslexia and EAL versions for greater accessibility.