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Engaging and challenging History resources for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Striving to produce well-balanced, well-paced, challenging and differentiated resources that cater to a variety of ages and ability levels.

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Engaging and challenging History resources for Key Stages 3, 4 and 5. Striving to produce well-balanced, well-paced, challenging and differentiated resources that cater to a variety of ages and ability levels.
Cold War - The Nuclear Arms Race and the Space Race
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Cold War - The Nuclear Arms Race and the Space Race

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KS3/KS4 History resources: 50 mins-1 hour PP, worksheets, well differentiated. These resources have been designed to be engaging, detailed and easy to follow. All resources are editable (so easy to adapt for your classes) and are designed to last between fifty minutes and one hour each. ***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. A lesson on the nuclear arms race and the space race. Forms part of a scheme of work on the Cold War, designed either for Year 9 or GCSE students. Learning Objectives: Bronze: describe what the nuclear arms race was and identify the key events as it developed Silver: explain the consequences of the nuclear arms race on the Cold War Gold: assess whether the nuclear arms race was ‘good’ thing Contains: recap of Hiroshima bombings and the reasons for them evidence collecting activity, visiting several information stations nuclear arms race worksheet which distils the notes, defining key terminology opportunity for students to reflect on the impact of the nuclear arms race and space race **Leave me a review and choose any other resource for free - just contact me via the Conversations tab. **
The Tudors - Wars of the Roses
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The Tudors - Wars of the Roses

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KS3 History resources: 50 mins-1 hour PP, worksheets, well differentiated. These resources have been designed to be engaging, detailed and easy to follow. All resources are editable (so easy to adapt for your classes) and are designed to last between fifty minutes and one hour each. ***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. This lesson forms part of a scheme of work on The Tudors. Ideal for Year 7 / Year 8 students, depending on your school’s SoW. Learning Objectives: describe what the Wars of the Roses were explain the events of the Wars of the Roses explain how Henry Tudor gained power. Starter - introduction to Wars of the Roses, with word bank Main - movement activity to collect information about the Wars of the Roses Main (option) - activity to produce a news report on Richard III, detailing the key events of the war. Plenary - consider the impact of the Wars of the Roses on King Henry VIII. Plenary (option) - memorising activity Leave me a review and choose any other resource for free - just contact me via the Conversations tab.
Industrial Revolution - Inventors and Inventions
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Industrial Revolution - Inventors and Inventions

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KS3 History resources: 50 mins-1 hour PP, worksheets, well differentiated. These resources have been designed to be engaging, detailed and easy to follow. All resources are editable (so easy to adapt for your classes) and are designed to last between fifty minutes and one hour each. ***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. A Key Stage 3, Year 8 observation lesson designed to test students’ understanding of the historical concept of significance by deciding which Industrial Revolution inventor’s face should be on the next banknote. Differentiated learning objectives: Gold: Argue why one inventor is more significant than another, justifying your choice. Silver: Assess how significant an inventor was using Partington’s model of historical significance. Bronze: Describe the key inventors of the Industrial age, explaining their impact on Victorian Britain. A ‘hook’ starter designed to get students engaged with the topic, asking about the most important inventions in their lives. An information gathering activity using five sources giving information about five key Industrial Revolution inventors. A speech writing activity on the most significant inventor, with differentiated learning objectives. A plenary for student-led sharing of ideas and a class vote. Leave me a review and choose any other resource for free - just contact me via the Conversations tab.
Second World War - Rationing
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Second World War - Rationing

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***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. Learning outcomes: describe what rationing consisted of. assess the methods by which rationing was ‘sold’ to the people of Britain. assess the relative significance of different aspects of the Home Front to people’s lives Lesson features differentiated learning objectives, a well-paced starter, main and plenary, and a focal on source evaluation, including the analysis of sources designed to encourage rationing. Lesson ties together series of three lessons on the Blitz, evacuation and rationing by asking students to compare the relative impact of these three events on Britain using Partington's model of historical significance.
Industrial Revolution - Women Getting The Vote (The Suffragists and the Suffragettes)
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Industrial Revolution - Women Getting The Vote (The Suffragists and the Suffragettes)

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***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. An observation lesson that forms part of a scheme of work on the Industrial Revolution, ending in the early 20th century (before the First World War). The lesson covers a lot of ground in one lesson, with an overview of how women got the vote. Learning outcomes: identify the attitudes of people who opposed giving women the vote and those who supported it explain the methods used by the suffragettes to get the vote evaluate what finally won the vote for women Starter: Give five sources to different pairs of students. Students analyse the sources as a hook into attitudes towards women getting the vote. Main: How did women get the vote? An examination of the factors that contributed to women getting the vote, including the suffragists, suffragettes and World War One. Students label a living graph with letters, in doing so noticing the pattern of protest from 1897 to 1914. They realise the three stages to protest, and write three P-E-E paragraphs detailing this. Plenary: Students prioritise the factors and feed back to the class.
The Stuarts - The Merry Monarch (Charles II)
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The Stuarts - The Merry Monarch (Charles II)

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***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. A lesson that forms part of a scheme of work on Oliver Cromwell, the Commonwealth and the Restoration. Contains: presentation with starter activity and plenary discussion high quality images and resources, ready to print from Microsoft PowerPoint Learning Objectives: describe how life in England changed after the Restoration explain the reasons why people were happy to have a King again evaluate the reign of the Merry Monarch and explain why opinions on him changed after his death
Industrial Revolution - Causes of the Industrial Revolution
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Industrial Revolution - Causes of the Industrial Revolution

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KS3 History resources: 50 mins-1 hour PP, worksheets, well differentiated. These resources have been designed to be engaging, detailed and easy to follow. All resources are editable (so easy to adapt for your classes) and are designed to last between fifty minutes and one hour each. ***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. A lesson that forms part of a scheme of work on the Industrial Revolution. Contains: presentation with starter activity and plenary discussion high quality images and resources, ready to print from Microsoft PowerPoint Learning Objectives: describe the factors that led to the Industrial Revolution explain how they led to the Industrial Revolution analyse and prioritise these factors, making links between them **Leave me a review and choose any other resource for free - just contact me via the Conversations tab. **
Industrial Revolution - Improvements in factory and mine conditions
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Industrial Revolution - Improvements in factory and mine conditions

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***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price A lesson that forms part of a scheme of work on the Industrial Revolution. Contains: presentation with starter activity and plenary discussion high quality images and resources, ready to print from Microsoft PowerPoint Learning Objectives: identify why some factory owners were unwilling to improve working conditions select three key reforms that eventually improved life for Britain’s workers justify your choices
The Tudors - How did King Edward VI change England?
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The Tudors - How did King Edward VI change England?

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***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. Learning objectives: identify some of the differences between Catholic and Protestant churches explain how the changes affected the lives of ordinary people evaluate the reign of King Edward VI A lesson on the reign of King Edward VI, with particular attention paid to the changes he made to religion, and the implications of these changes for ordinary people.
Second World War - Dropping the Atomic Bombs
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Second World War - Dropping the Atomic Bombs

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KS3/KS4 History resources: 50 mins-1 hour PP, worksheets, well differentiated. These resources have been designed to be engaging, detailed and easy to follow. All resources are editable (so easy to adapt for your classes) and are designed to last between fifty minutes and one hour each. ***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. An ‘outstanding’ rated lesson. Contains: presentation with starter activity on Oppenheimer quote evidence collecting activity (two options - either walk around the room sources or a single source sheet that can be shared at desks between two students) two differentiated tables for collecting the evidence (or that gives more time for slower students by being partially filled in) opportunity for students to write a speech either justifying or opposing the dropping of the atomic bombs on Hiroshima and Nagasaki two options for either self- and peer-assessment or just peer-assessment Learning Objectives: Gold: Assess the extent to which Britain and France were also responsible for the outbreak of the Second World War. Silver: Explain why he wanted to revise the Treaty of Versailles. Bronze: Describe Hitler’s foreign policy aims. Leave me a review and choose any other resource for free - just contact me via the Conversations tab.
Cold War - Cuban Missile Crisis - Events and Consequences
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Cold War - Cuban Missile Crisis - Events and Consequences

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KS3/KS4 History resources: 50 mins-1 hour PP, worksheets, well differentiated. These resources have been designed to be engaging, detailed and easy to follow. All resources are editable (so easy to adapt for your classes) and are designed to last between fifty minutes and one hour each. ***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. This ‘outstanding’ rated lesson doesn’t really need any handouts - it can be run from the presentation alone. Two starters are included - a recap of the Berlin Blockade and Korean War, or a source analysis hook into the ‘arm wrestle’ between JFK and Khrushchev. The main part of the lesson is a game that puts students in the shoes of John F Kennedy, responding to events in Cuba. This is followed by an assessment of the consequences of the Cuban Missile Crisis, with differentiated learning objectives. An optional handout and gapfill are included, however it is better when students simply record their options for each decision without the handout, as having the handout gives the game away. However the handout could then be distributed to ensure that students have understood the events. In order not to rush this lesson it could easily be expanded over two lessons. Leave me a review and choose any other resource for free - just contact me via the Conversations tab.
Cold War - End of the Cold War (Gorbachev, Reagan, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Eastern Europe)
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Cold War - End of the Cold War (Gorbachev, Reagan, Fall of the Berlin Wall, Eastern Europe)

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***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. This lesson - the final one in a scheme of work about the Cold War - introduces Year 9 students to the following issues. - Ronald Reagan and his 'Tear Down This Wall' speech - The problems facing the USSR and its allies - Mikhail Gorbachev and his reforms - Popular protest and uprisings in Eastern Europe. It starts with an analysis of the Reagan speech (a short 4 minute video available on YouTube), before students categorise the problems facing the USSR and Gorbachev's potential solutions. These solutions are discussed, with students prioritising the problems and solutions, and identifying that the 'solution' for problems in Eastern Europe isn't really a solution at all! This leads nicely on to a brief discussion of popular protest in Poland, Hungary, Czechoslovakia and East Germany, before students assess the relative importance of the above four factors in the fall of Communism. This lesson is ideal as an overview of the topic, or as an introduction. It could easily be stretched over two lessons with a little improvisation and expansion of the section on popular protest in Eastern Europe. Contains: Starter (Video discussion), Main (Card sort/Table activity), Main (Discussion), Plenary (Assessment), Plenary (Exit Questions for Students)
The Renaissance - An Introduction
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The Renaissance - An Introduction

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***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. A lesson that forms part of a scheme of work on early modern history. Contains: presentation with starter activity and plenary discussion high quality images and resources, ready to print from Microsoft PowerPoint Learning Objectives: describe the Renaissance explain what people believed in 1509 explain how this had changed by 1707 by giving examples of Renaissance individuals and their accomplishments
Slavery - The Abolition of Slavery (two lessons)
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Slavery - The Abolition of Slavery (two lessons)

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KS3 History resources: 50 mins-1 hour PP, worksheets, well differentiated. These resources have been designed to be engaging, detailed and easy to follow. All resources are editable (so easy to adapt for your classes) and are designed to last between fifty minutes and one hour each. ***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. A lesson that forms part of a scheme of work on slavery. Contains: presentation with starter activity and plenary discussion high quality images and resources, ready to print from Microsoft PowerPoint Learning Objectives: define ‘abolish’ and describe the laws that abolished slavery identify the arguments in favour of and against slavery categorise the arguments into factors categorise the arguments for and against slavery into factors assess the reasons for the abolition of slavery, arriving at a judgement **Leave me a review and choose any other resource for free - just contact me via the Conversations tab. **
Oliver Cromwell - Drogheda
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Oliver Cromwell - Drogheda

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***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. A lesson that forms part of a scheme of work on Oliver Cromwell, the Commonwealth and the Restoration. Contains: presentation with starter activity and plenary discussion high quality images and resources, ready to print from Microsoft PowerPoint Learning Objectives: describe how Cromwell is viewed in Ireland. explain what he did to earn his reputation in Ireland. evaluate whether he deserves his terrible reputation.
Industrial Revolution - Living conditions in towns and cities
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Industrial Revolution - Living conditions in towns and cities

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***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price A lesson that forms part of a scheme of work on the Industrial Revolution. Contains: presentation with starter activity and plenary discussion high quality images and resources, ready to print from Microsoft PowerPoint Learning Objectives: identify living conditions in Victorian cities explain what the consequences of these conditions might be assess how these conditions would make people feel
The Tudors - Queen Elizabeth I's Image
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The Tudors - Queen Elizabeth I's Image

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***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. This lesson focuses on the way in which Queen Elizabeth's image was controlled throughout her reign. It involves an analysis of several paintings from her reign, and an assessment of whether the reality of her appearance matched the image portrayed, particularly during her latter years. Learning outcomes: describe how Elizabeth’s image was controlled explain why Elizabeth controlled her royal portraits so carefully assess whether Elizabeth’s portraits matched the reality of her image
Renaissance - European Empires (Age of Discovery)
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Renaissance - European Empires (Age of Discovery)

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***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. Introducing the 'Age of Discovery' to students. Lesson contains differentiated learning objectives, starter activity, plenary and extension wordsearch for fast finishers.
League of Nations - The Manchuria Crisis
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League of Nations - The Manchuria Crisis

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KS3/KS4 History resources: 50 mins-1 hour PP, worksheets, well differentiated. These resources have been designed to be engaging, detailed and easy to follow. All resources are editable (so easy to adapt for your classes) and are designed to last between fifty minutes and one hour each. ***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. A complete lesson on the Manchuria Crisis of the 1930s. Contains three worksheets (a flow chart for noting down key information, an inference square for detailed source work, and a peer assessment sheet for assessing mock exam question), as well as a PowerPoint presentation with animations to scaffold the learning. The starter activity recaps the League of Nations and events in the 1920s. Leave me a review and choose any other resource for free - just contact me via the Conversations tab.