Castles Mini Project

Castles Mini Project

The complete collection of Castles mini project lessons, designed to help students engage with the development of castles being built in England post 1066. The series of lessons are aimed at a year 7 group, and subsequently, is aimed at a mixed ability class. The lesson series includes the lessons (Where to build your castle? How to defend your castle? How to attack a castle? + bonus lesson activity of the castle battle game that I've developed as a final stage to the project). I have developed running themes that link in a maths across the curriculum element to add additional challenge to the students work. I can also suggest that these lessons would work well in accompaniment with a castle build project you may already do within your own syllabus.
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Richard III - What was the War of the Roses?

Richard III - What was the War of the Roses?

An overview of the evens of the War of the Roses designed for a Year 7 class, however, could be used in Year 8 if necessary. The lesson involves acting, peer development and Round Robin style activities. I've had a lot of success with this lesson, for high ability students the work can be completed in an hour, however, with lower ability students, this lesson can be spread over two hours comfortably. This is an ideal lesson to do before starting a project or lesson on the Princes in the Tower mystery.
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Facebook (2016 model) worksheet template

Facebook (2016 model) worksheet template

Students of all ages have enjoyed using the Facebook template worksheet for classroom and homework activities. In the past, the template I had created was based on a Facebook profile from 2012, I realised that students were not engaging with this as much as I'd have liked, hence the update. I have gone to great lengths to make the work sheet as good as possible; for example, I have found and used the official Facebook colour scheme to improve the realism. You are invited to alter the sheet as you see best, I have tended to add a photo/picture for the top banner that would reflect the person the profile is for - but this can be done as an additional task, as could the profile picture.
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GCSE: The Cold War - Truman Doctrine + Marshall Plan (Edexcel spec)

GCSE: The Cold War - Truman Doctrine + Marshall Plan (Edexcel spec)

The lesson is designed to outline the situation in Europe after Soviet expansion. It takes students through the process of Stalin's demands vs Truman's reactions. Students will come away from this lesson with a better understanding of European affairs at the beginning of the Cold War, and a better understanding of why and how Europe was being divided up into two clear 'camps'.
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GCSE: Introduction to the Cold War (Edexcel spec.)

GCSE: Introduction to the Cold War (Edexcel spec.)

An introduction to the Cold War, a useful lesson that outlines the relationship between the USA and the USSR at the end of WW2, and then contrasts this with the relationship later on. It poses the question 'why did the relationship get so bad?', students start to develop their own theories, and thus start their own personal journeys into this fascinating subject. The second phase of the lesson addresses the state of the Pre-WW2 Super Power nations, showing a build up to a stand off. Finally, the lesson addresses the differences between Capitalism and Communism and begins to address why both East and West fully believed their systems of control to be the best.
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Facebook (2016 model) worksheet template

Facebook (2016 model) worksheet template

Students of all ages have enjoyed using the Facebook template worksheet for classroom and homework activities. In the past, the template I had created was based on a Facebook profile from 2012, I realised that students were not engaging with this as much as I'd have liked, hence the update. I have gone to great lengths to make the work sheet as good as possible; for example, I have found and used the official Facebook colour scheme to improve the realism. You are invited to alter the sheet as you see best, I have tended to add a photo/picture for the top banner that would reflect the person the profile is for - but this can be done as an additional task, as could the profile picture.
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Richard III - What was the War of the Roses?

Richard III - What was the War of the Roses?

An overview of the evens of the War of the Roses designed for a Year 7 class, however, could be used in Year 8 if necessary. The lesson involves acting, peer development and Round Robin style activities. I've had a lot of success with this lesson, for high ability students the work can be completed in an hour, however, with lower ability students, this lesson can be spread over two hours comfortably. This is an ideal lesson to do before starting a project or lesson on the Princes in the Tower mystery.
jdy3r
Where to build your castle? Mini project - Lesson (1/3)

Where to build your castle? Mini project - Lesson (1/3)

The first of a three part lesson series that help students engage with the development of castles being built in England post 1066. The series of lessons are aimed at a year 7 group, and subsequently, is aimed at a mixed ability class. The lesson series includes the lessons (Where to build your castle? How to defend your castle? How to attack a castle? + bonus lesson activity of the castle battle game that I've developed as a final stage to the project). I have developed running themes that link in a maths across the curriculum element to add additional challenge to the students work. I can also suggest that these lessons would work well in accompaniment with a castle build project you may already do within your own syllabus.
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Tripadvisor Worksheet resource (2017)

Tripadvisor Worksheet resource (2017)

The Tripadvisior worksheet is a great way for students to engage in multiple perspectives or make use of peer assessment. I have used the Tripadvisor sheet for KS3 History looking at trench warfare, with soldiers complaining about conditions, before having senior command reply to these complaints. I have also used the worksheets in KS4 when addressing Elizabeth Tudor's 'Middle Way' with Catholics and Protestants reviewing a CofE church.
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Assessment template (KS3)

Assessment template (KS3)

When it comes to planning and executing assessments, I have found having a template that is highly adaptable to re-use across KS3, means students become familiar with the structure of the exam the more it is used. I have set the template out so that a title for each assessment can be added along with a visual link. The grade boundaries can be adapted to suit the year group / school / subject's current policy. In addition to this, the assessment sheet is backed with areas set out for teacher feedback, student response and peer assessment. When stuck into the book correctly, this would mean that the students feedback for the assessment is clear, effective and linked to the assessment they have just completed.
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Where to build your castle? Mini project - Lesson (3/3)

Where to build your castle? Mini project - Lesson (3/3)

The final lesson of a three part lesson series that help students engage with the development of castles being built in England post 1066. The series of lessons are aimed at a year 7 group, and subsequently, is aimed at a mixed ability class. The lesson series includes the lessons (Where to build your castle? How to defend your castle? How to attack a castle? + bonus lesson activity of the castle battle game that I've developed as a final stage to the project). I have developed running themes that link in a maths across the curriculum element to add additional challenge to the students work. I can also suggest that these lessons would work well in accompaniment with a castle build project you may already do within your own syllabus.
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How to defend your castle? Mini project - Lesson (2/3)

How to defend your castle? Mini project - Lesson (2/3)

The second of a three part lesson series that help students engage with the development of castles being built in England post 1066. The series of lessons are aimed at a year 7 group, and subsequently, is aimed at a mixed ability class. The lesson series includes the lessons (Where to build your castle? How to defend your castle? How to attack a castle? + bonus lesson activity of the castle battle game that I've developed as a final stage to the project). I have developed running themes that link in a maths across the curriculum element to add additional challenge to the students work. I can also suggest that these lessons would work well in accompaniment with a castle build project you may already do within your own syllabus.
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World War 1 Weapons + Technology Lesson (Group work / Game)

World War 1 Weapons + Technology Lesson (Group work / Game)

This is one of the Year 9 students favourite lessons ever since I developed it three years ago. The lesson is best conducted in groups, however, can be done as a normal classroom setting. Students have to engage with the different types of weaponry used during WW1, and listen to the scenarios of battles that took place during WW1. Students will the select the weapons they think would suit a particular event, and explain their reasons for their choices. Each weapon is given a numerical value based on its effectiveness for that particular battle. Students would need to earn a certain number of points each round, or one of their soldiers would die, meaning in the next round they would have less soldiers to distribute weapons too.
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WW1 -  Long term vs Short term Causes

WW1 - Long term vs Short term Causes

A good lesson to cement ideas regarding the long and short term causes for World War 1. Students need to prioritise what they believe were the biggest factors in starting the war and also establish links between different factors.
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Who Shot JFK? Lesson

Who Shot JFK? Lesson

A good group work project - designed for a Year 9 class. Students are presented with information regarding who JFK was, and his global significance, and the details of the official account as to how he met his end. Students work on a particular popular conspiracy theory in groups of 4-6. Students are encouraged to conduct their own independent research as a homework, and then to present their findings to the rest of the class. Students take notes based on each others presentation, before deciding for themselves on what they believe was the most likely culprit behind the dead of JFK.
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Castles Mini Project

Castles Mini Project

The complete collection of Castles mini project lessons, designed to help students engage with the development of castles being built in England post 1066. The series of lessons are aimed at a year 7 group, and subsequently, is aimed at a mixed ability class. The lesson series includes the lessons (Where to build your castle? How to defend your castle? How to attack a castle? + bonus lesson activity of the castle battle game that I've developed as a final stage to the project). I have developed running themes that link in a maths across the curriculum element to add additional challenge to the students work. I can also suggest that these lessons would work well in accompaniment with a castle build project you may already do within your own syllabus.
jdy3r
Worksheet backing

Worksheet backing

If you are like me, in that you have done some amazing work in lesson, only for a student to fold over their work and stick it into their books, so that all you have a clean blank piece of paper instead of you marked brilliant work, this sheet is for you. I use this backing sheet when I want to feedback to students and make it clear that they would need to respond to my feedback. It works simply by adding the sheet as part of a 'double sided print' when you print off your worksheet for the lesson. Once stuck into the students' book, you can explain what is done well / what the work sheet was about, and it looks great when someone decides to have a flick through your student's great work.
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