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Having taught History across KS3, 4 and 5 for seventeen years within state education, I have built up quite an extensive set of resources! I’ve spent several years working as a head of department and also spent a year working as a university subject tutor for Schools Direct. I’m currently out of the classroom and supporting my own children through their secondary experience and intending to keep relevant by becoming an examination marker next summer. Planning for fun and hopefully your benefit.

Having taught History across KS3, 4 and 5 for seventeen years within state education, I have built up quite an extensive set of resources! I’ve spent several years working as a head of department and also spent a year working as a university subject tutor for Schools Direct. I’m currently out of the classroom and supporting my own children through their secondary experience and intending to keep relevant by becoming an examination marker next summer. Planning for fun and hopefully your benefit.
How Britain changed 1750-1900 (3 lessons)

How Britain changed 1750-1900 (3 lessons)

Three one-hour lessons with all activities explained on Power Point. The focus is on continuity and change between 1750-1900. Once students understand the basic changes which took place during the Industrial Revolution, they carry out more detailed research and analysis using the information provided. They also develop their knowledge of key terms for this unit via a homework and key terms test. The lessons end with an assessed piece of writing analysing areas of change and continuity (writing frame and mark sheet included)
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What were the dangers faced during D-Day?

What were the dangers faced during D-Day?

The two objectives of this lessons are to emphasise the extreme dangers involved in the D-Day landings but also to introduce KS3 students to the new type of source utility questions at KS4 (focus on Edexcel “How useful is… for an enquiry into…” but can also work more generically for source evaluation in general). The starter is a WW2 prior knowledge quiz which reveals panels of a mystery image for students to guess. This quiz may need to be adapted depending upon students’ prior knowledge but the questions are quite standard causes/events of WW2. Students then use a fantastic 3 minute video to answer who, what, why, where when? questions about the event. To gain the necessary contextual knowledge to effectively evaluate the sources, they read a passage an highlight “Dangers faced by soldiers”. There is then an introduction to a source evaluation technique we call COP (content, own knowledge and provenance). Students evaluate the usefulness of a first-hand account of a landing on Omaha. They then write up their evaluation using a writing frame if required (SEN support). As an extension, students can try to apply the COP technique to a completely fresh photograph source. Alternatively, this extension activity makes a good homework. In the plenary, students hear some extracts from a high-level answer and have to idenify them as either content, own knowledge or provenance.
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Did Robin Hood really exist?

Did Robin Hood really exist?

This unit will take approximately two hours including assessment writing time. The starter activities ask students to pool their prior knowledge about Robin Hood using video clips as prompts. This then leads into a discussion about fact, fiction and legend and how the modern tale came into existence. Students then use a collection of sources to complete a research table considering whether or not Robin Hood was a real historical figure or a fictional character. A simplified SEN collection of sources is also included. The final assessment is a discursive essay which asks student to consider both arguments before reaching an overall verdict. A mark scheme is included.
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Medieval prevention and treatment of disease

Medieval prevention and treatment of disease

IMPORTANT: Some of these worksheets refer to the textbook"Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History, Medicine through time, c1250-present" (editor Leonard A. and published by Pearson) ISBN 9781292127378 and will not be usable without a copy of this text. This Edexcel 9-1 GCSE unit covers around 3-4 lessons depending upon your class and their overall ability/work rate. Aims and Objectives: To understand the approaches to prevention and treatment and their connection with ideas about diseases and illness: religious actions, bloodletting and purging, purifying the air, and the use of remedies. The Power Point leads students through all activities with accompanying worksheets. These include card sorts, analysis/categorisation of written notes, paired/whole class discussion, knowledge questions and note-taking. It also provides feedback/answers at intervals. It leads up to a 16 mark judgement question with explanation and support. A writing frame is also included if required.
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Medieval ideas about cause of disease

Medieval ideas about cause of disease

IMPORTANT: Some of these worksheets refer to the textbook “Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History, Medicine through time, c1250-present” (editor Leonard A. and published by Pearson) ISBN 9781292127378 and will not be usable without a copy of this text. The first two lessons of Edexcel 9-1, Medicine Through Time (although in reality this work will take longer than two lessons to do thoroughly). Aims and Objectives: To understand the supernatural and religious explanations of the cause of disease. To understand the rational explanations: the Theory of the Four Humours and the miasma theory; the continuing influence in England of Hippocrates and Galen. The Power Point leads students though all activities with accompanying worksheets. It also provides feedback/answers at intervals. A 12 mark explanation question is introduced and set with a writing frame provided.
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Renaissance Treatment of Disease

Renaissance Treatment of Disease

IMPORTANT: Some of these worksheets refer to the textbook “Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History, Medicine through time, c1250-present” (editor Leonard A. and published by Pearson) ISBN 9781292127378 and will not be usable without a copy of this text. This Edexcel 9-1 GCSE unit covers around 2-3 lessons depending upon your class and their overall ability/work rate. Aims and Objectives: To understand continuity in approaches to prevention, treatment and care in the community and in hospitals. Change in care and treatment: improvements in medical training and the influence in England of the work of Vesalius. The Power Point leads students through all activities with accompanying worksheets. It also provides handy feedback/answers at intervals and advice on exam approach. Activities include group and individual note-taking/mind-mapping, group discussion and a 16 mark essay-style exam question with a writing frame included if required.
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Renaissance Ideas about Cause Disease

Renaissance Ideas about Cause Disease

IMPORTANT: Some of these worksheets refer to the textbook “Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History, Medicine through time, c1250-present” (editor Leonard A. and published by Pearson) ISBN 9781292127378 and will not be usable without a copy of this text. This Edexcel 9-1 GCSE unit covers around 3-4 lessons depending upon your class and their overall ability/work rate and whether you decide to write the exam answer in full. Aims and Objectives: To understand continuity and change in explanations of the cause of disease and illness. To understand the new scientific approach, including the work of Thomas Sydenham in improving diagnosis. To understand the influence of the printing press and the work of the Royal Society on the transmission of ideas. The Power Point leads students through all activities with accompanying worksheet. It also provides feedback/answers at intervals. Activities include card sort stater, comprehension questions/note-taking, think words, 4 mark exam question and essay planning for a 12 mark explanation question (could also be answered in full).
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Harvey and Blood Circulation

Harvey and Blood Circulation

IMPORTANT: Some of these worksheets refer to the textbook “Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History, Medicine through time, c1250-present” (editor Leonard A. and published by Pearson) ISBN 9781292127378 and will not be usable without a copy of this text. This Edexcel 9-1 Renaissance medicine case study covers at least one lesson and perhaps longer depending upon the ability and work-rate of your class. Aims and Objectives: To understand William Harvey and the discovery of the circulation of the blood. The Power Point leads students through all activities with accompanying worksheets and activities. Students create notes which develop their understanding of Harvey’s discoveries and also analyse the impact of these upon medicine. The lesson ends with a short written verdict on the importance of Harvey.
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Black Death: Treatment and Prevention

Black Death: Treatment and Prevention

IMPORTANT: Some of these worksheets refer to the textbook “Edexcel GCSE (9-1 History, Medicine through time, c1250-present” (editor Leonard A. and published by Pearson) ISBN 9781292127378 and will not be usable without a copy of this text. This Edexcel 9-1 GCSE unit covers around 2 lessons depending upon your class and their overall ability/work rate. Aims and Objectives: To understand how people dealt with the Black Death, 1348-49; approaches to treatment and attempts to prevent its spread. The Power Point leads students through all activities with regular feedback and accompanying worksheets. These include a starter fact file, information categorisation/analysis and a final TV news report group competition followed by the textbook end of unit recall quiz. Having already completed two full written assessments as part of the unit, the competition injects a bit of fun.
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Nightingale and Hospital Improvements

Nightingale and Hospital Improvements

This Edexcel 9-1 GCSE unit covers between 1-2 lessons depending upon your class and their overall ability/work rate. Aims and Objectives: To understand the extent of change in care and treatment: improvements in hospital care and the influence of Nightingale. The Power Point leads students through all activities with accompanying worksheets. These include event ordering of Nightingale’s life, summarising her impact and analysing continuity and change in hospital care. Having carried out numerous assessments already in this scheme of work, the lesson ends with a straight-forward Florence Nightingale obituary which could be set as a homework task.
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How far did castle design improve during the MAs?

How far did castle design improve during the MAs?

Students compare the design of a motte and bailey castle to that of a stone keep, looking for areas of similarity and difference. These are recorded in table and venn diagram format. This then leads into an assessed piece of writing on continuity versus change in castle design. A mark scheme is included.
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Pasteur's Germ Theory and Koch's work on microbes

Pasteur's Germ Theory and Koch's work on microbes

IMPORTANT: Some of these worksheets refer to the textbook "Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History, Medicine through time, c1250-present (editor Leonard A. and published by Pearson) ISBN 9781292127378 and will not be usable without a copy of this text. This Edexcel 9-1 GCSE unit covers around 2-3 lessons depending upon your class and their overall ability/work rate. Aims and Objectives: To understand continuity and change in explanations of the cause of disease and illness. The influence in Britain of Pasteur’s Germ Theory and Koch’s work on microbes. The Power Point leads students through all activities with accompanying worksheets. These include a true and false quiz, table comparison of old and new ideas, information categorisation and ordering and a 16 mark exam question with guidance. The experiment could be left out but my classes loved it and it really works if done correctly. You will need to keep the one bread sample totally sterile, so handle minimally with sanitised hands and bag straight up. The contamination of the other piece of bread is great fun- we rubbed it on door handles, the floor and one student had it under his armpits! Don’t pierce the sandwich bags but pin them in a light/warm place like your department staff room. Everybody will love to watch the mould develop whilst eating their lunch. It also provides a valuable lesson on why hands should be washed before eating.
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AS & A2 Crusades Revision Guide Edexcel

AS & A2 Crusades Revision Guide Edexcel

A complete revision guide for Edexcel AS/2 History Paper 1 The Crusades, c1095-1204. Content covers all areas of the specification. Simplified student assessment grids for Sections A/B/C AS and A2. 66 pages long.
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What was life like during the plague (17c)?

What was life like during the plague (17c)?

The lessons starts by testing the students’ prior knowledge of the plague from general knowledge or previous work on the Black Death. They then link the “Ring a Ring o’ Roses” nursery rhyme to the plague. After going through some key knowledge, students label a diagram of a plague doctor and consider which parts of his costume might actually have protected him. They then answer some comprehension questions on Samuel Pepy’s diary extracts to gain a sense of life at the time. The main activity is to create a public information poster to help citizens of London stay safe using only the knowledge available at the time. For the plenary, students consider how this poster would be different if they could have used modern-day knowledge.
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Was Blitz Spirit real? The British home front

Was Blitz Spirit real? The British home front

This lesson uses contemporary sources, including photographs, news reel and written accounts to investigate the Blitz and whether “Blitz Spirit” was real or simply an example of propaganda. In the starter, students contrast images of “Blitz Spirit” with an account of the true horror of the Blitz. They consider the propaganda content of a British news reel clip. Students then complete a card sort activity by placing sources in a line to consider those which support the idea of “Blitz Spirit” and those which discredit it. They can then write-up their overall verdict. The home work activity asks students to study a range of WW2 images, considering which they would censor and which they would publish.
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Churchill: great war leader?

Churchill: great war leader?

This lesson analyses the reasons why Churchill was such a great war leader. The starter asks students to consider a range of fabulous Churchill quotes and select their favourites and consider those which would be the most motivating in war time. Having established the popular view of Churchill, students then analyse factual information about the leader, categorising this into evidence that he both was and was not a great leader (the point being that he was not perfect). Students then listen to the famous “Fight them on the beaches” speech an annotate their own copy to appreciate the techniques at play. Using this knowledge, they then write their own motivational speech in the style of Churchill.
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Should the US have dropped the A-bomb?

Should the US have dropped the A-bomb?

Two lessons which firstly consider why the US took the decision to drop the A-bomb and then whether they should have done it. The first lesson introduces Hiroshima and Nagasaki by considering a series of mystery images. Students then learn the key facts using sources and video footage. They then complete a source-based activity analysing possible reasons for dropping the bomb. There are three versions of this activity including a more detailed G&T version and an SEN colour-coding version. The second lesson evaluates whether the USA should have dropped the bomb by considering a range of arguments both for and against. This leads into a final hot-seating activity whereby a panel of representatives from the US government defend their actions against the critical journalists.
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End of WW2

End of WW2

This lesson considers why the Nazis lost WW2 and what the longer-term results were for the post-war world. The starter is a memory recall using the bunker scenes from the film Downfall. This also asks the students to make inferences. Students then use their prior knowledge of the events of WW2 to explain why the Nazis ultimately lost. Using the information provided, students analyse ways in which the post-war world improved as opposed to continuing problems. They then end with a consideration of the merits of just revenge versus forgiveness using the example of the Holocaust survivor who forgave the doctor who experimented upon her as a stimulus for discussion.
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Edexcel Crusades AS/2 Revision Notes

Edexcel Crusades AS/2 Revision Notes

Includes a set of revision notes for each area of the specification. These notes are used in conjunction with my full revision guide. In contrast to the full guide, they follow a more analytical structure which matches previous exam questions. The notes can be used separately or put together into one booklet. I integrated previous exam questions and mark schemes which had been sorted by topic rather than by date set. Students used the full guide and revision notes to prepare essay plans on each unit in preparation for the exam.
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Who achieved most for US Civil Rights?

Who achieved most for US Civil Rights?

Students develop their understanding of both Martin Luther King and Malcolm X’s contributions towards US Civil Rights. They weigh these against their failings and limitations to reach a verdict on who achieved the most. The final activity asks students to create a persuasive piece of writing in support of one of the leaders. There are two versions of each text- a simpler version and a more developed/advanced. There is also a table available to support weaker students. Persuasive writing is modeled as part of the Power Point.
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The Great Plague in London, 1665

The Great Plague in London, 1665

IMPORTANT: The final revision task refers to the textbook “Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History, Medicine through time, c1250-present” (editor Leonard A. and published by Pearson) ISBN 9781292127378 and will not be usable without a copy of this text. The rest of the lesson works independently. This Edexcel 9-1 GCSE unit covers around 1-2 lessons depending upon your class and their overall ability/work rate. Aims and Objectives: To understand how the Great Plague in London, 1665, was dealt with: approaches to treatment and attempt to prevent its spread. The Power Point leads students through all activities with accompanying worksheets. These include information prioritisation, categorising/analysing information, creating an illustrated table, a 4 mark exam answer and some end of unit revision using the textbook.
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