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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 - Introduction to the Cold War (Yalta, Potsdam, capitalism, communism)
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Cold War - Introduction to the Cold War (Yalta, Potsdam, capitalism, communism)

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***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. An introductory lesson to the Cold War, including the postwar settlement (Yalta, Potsdam) and a main focus on the ideological differences between capitalism and communism, taught through a card sort activity. Learning outcomes: describe what the Cold War was explain why the allies of the Second World War became enemies explain and evaluate the key differences between capitalism and communism
The Tudors - Who's who in Tudor England
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The Tudors - Who's who in Tudor England

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***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. Learning objectives: identify the main groups that made up Tudor society categorise a variety of historical sources, explaining why I made the decisions that I did This active lesson introduces students to the various social groups within Tudor England, according to William Harrison (writing in 1587) - gentlemen, citizens, yeomen and labourers. Students complete a gap fill to form an impression of what each social group was like. They then categorise a variety of sources - pictures and descriptions - based on this knowledge, before explaining the decisions they made.
Origins of the First World War - The Alliance System
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Origins of the First World War - The Alliance System

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***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. This lesson can be used as the first in a series looking at the 'MAIN' causes of the First World War - Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism and Nationalism - although it could also be used as a second lesson after an initial introduction to the world in 1900. This lesson pack includes a PowerPoint with differentiated learning objectives, key literacy words, a starter, main and plenary. The worksheets include information sheets and cards for a role-playing game demonstrated how the alliance system kicked into effect.
Industrial Revolution - Holidays and Free Time
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Industrial Revolution - Holidays and Free Time

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***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. LOs: describe the ways in which Victorians spent their leisure time explain why the amount of free time increased in the 1800s plan a weekend for your friends assess the extent to which free time activities have changed/stayed the same Contains: - a starter relating the topic to students' own activities and interests - a brief summary of why free time increases - a letter writing activity with a challenge extension and a self-assessment sheet (that could also be easily adapted for peer assessment) - a plenary on change and continuity since the Victorian era - a word-memory activity if time allows
Edexcel Political Ideologies Liberalism - Ultimate Revision Guide
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Edexcel Political Ideologies Liberalism - Ultimate Revision Guide

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Edexcel Political Ideologies Liberalism - Ultimate Revision Guide condenses the essential information students need to know to answer 24-mark Edexcel Politics A-level questions. It also contains essay plans for the four major themes on the specification (human nature, society, state, economy).
The Stuarts - Source Skills
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The Stuarts - Source Skills

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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 Stuarts and the Civil War. Contains: presentation with starter activity and plenary discussion high quality images and resources, ready to print from Microsoft PowerPoint Learning Objectives: understand key terms involved when discussing sources analyse and evaluate sources use your skills to answer source-based questions
The Stuarts - Civil War
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The Stuarts - Civil War

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***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. Two lessons that form part of a scheme of work on the Stuarts and the Civil War. Contains: presentation with starter activity and plenary discussion high quality images and resources, ready to print from Microsoft PowerPoint Learning Objectives: identify some factors that caused the Civil War explain links between the factors evaluate and prioritise the factors to form an opinion about the most important cause identify short-term and long-term causes explain links between the causes evaluate which are the more important factors
First World War - Trench life
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First World War - Trench life

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***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. Learning outcomes: describe what trench life was like explain the different ways in which soldiers lives were affected demonstrate your understanding by writing and peer assessing a diary entry. Lesson features differentiated learning objectives, a well-paced starter, main and plenary, and a focus on the historical concept of source evaluation. Students also self and peer assess their work (AfL).
The Romans - The Roman Empire
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The Romans - The Roman Empire

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***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. An introduction to the topic of the Romans for Year 7, focusing on the extent of the Roman Empire and why Rome wanted an Empire. Contains presentation and accompanying handout.
The Normans - The Feudal System
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The Normans - The Feudal System

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***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. An engaging lesson that explains the feudal system to students. This lesson can be brought to life through some student participation! Learning outcomes: Describe what the Feudal System was. (C) Explain how the Feudal System helped William keep control. (B) Evaluate how effective the Feudal System was as a way for William to keep control. (A) Starter - A recap of the Domesday Book (this could easily be changed to Why William Won if you are skipping the Domesday Book in your scheme of work) Main - The Feudal System. An analogy to the school pyramid and a cartoon strip should be combined with active student participation to explain the feudal system to students. Use an A3 piece of paper to represent all of the land in England! Give it to a chosen student (the King). Tell him he has to apportion a certain amount of land for his barons. What are the dangers of giving too much? What are the dangers of giving too little? Repeat down the Feudal System pyramid. Main - Now that students are engaged and attuned to the concept of the Feudal System, consolidate their knowledge by asking them to explain the feudal system in their books. This activity includes differentiated word lists that students should use in their explanations. Plenary - Covers how the Feudal System helped William to control England, linking to the Harrying of the North and the Domesday Book. Once the fourth method is covered (Castles), students are prepared for a longer piece of work / an assessment on William's control methods. Quiz - Students have to match statements to who said them to consolidate understanding of the feudal system!
Origins of the First World War - Militarism
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Origins of the First World War - Militarism

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***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. This lesson can be used in a series looking at the 'MAIN' causes of the First World War - Militarism, Alliances, Imperialism and Nationalism. A review of the lessons on alliances and imperialism is followed by source analysis of militarism in Germany and the UK before the First World War. There is also an analysis of army and navy statistics designed to draw attention to the relative importance of different technological breakthroughs, particularly the Dreadnought.
Second World War - Evacuation
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Second World War - Evacuation

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***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. Learning outcomes: describe what evacuation was and explain why it was so important assess the typical experiences of an evacuee and their hosts Lesson features differentiated learning objectives, a well-paced starter, main and plenary, and a focal on source evaluation, including the analysis of a source designed to encourage evacuation.
The Romans - Why was Julius Caesar murdered?
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The Romans - Why was Julius Caesar murdered?

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***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. A Key Stage 3 History lesson with differentiated learning objectives and tasks, picture and keyword starters, speed reading and Facebook profile completion activities and a plenary session focussing in on the key issues.
The Normans - How did William win the Battle of Hastings?
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The Normans - How did William win the Battle of Hastings?

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***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. Learning objectives: describe the events of the Battle of Hastings explain some of the reasons for William’s success evaluate which is the most important reason and justify your opinion This lesson covers the Battle of Hastings, and why William emerged victorious. A quick word match acts as an engaging and focusing starter activity. This is followed by a short video about the battle - a useful way in which students can initially engage with what happened at the battle. A gap-fill follows this video up and starts to move students onto the silver objective. Students then categorise reasons for William's success into three categories, before deciding what the most important reason for William's success was.
Industrial Revolution - The Titanic (two lessons)
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Industrial Revolution - The Titanic (two lessons)

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***SALE*** - this resource is on sale at a reduced price. Two lessons that form part of a scheme of work on the Industrial Revolution, ending in the early 20th century (before the First World War). Lesson one: a group news presentation involving the following learning objectives: - describe what the Titanic was like as a ship - explain why it is such a famous ship - judge whether women and children really were rescued first Students work in groups of three, read the information sheets and present a news report on the three key questions. This active lesson familiarises students with the key events of the Titanic, preparing them for the next lesson which is more writing-based. Lesson two: an observation lesson involving the following learning outcomes: - explain how several people’s actions led to the sinking of the Titanic - explain how these people could defend themselves from blame - assess which person or group of people was ultimately the most responsible for the sinking of the Titanic Students analyse the five 'suspects', deciding who is responsible for the tragedy. They then write a persuasive report detailing their opinion. Ideal as an observation lesson, this lesson could easily be adapted for peer or self-assessment following the writing of the report if there was time.