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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 keeping relevant by becoming an Edexcel 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 keeping relevant by becoming an Edexcel examination marker next summer. Planning for fun and hopefully your benefit.
Conflict and tension in the American West, 1876-95
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Conflict and tension in the American West, 1876-95

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IMPORTANT: Many of these activities refer to the textbook “Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History, The American West, c1835-c1895” (editor Leonard A. and published by Pearson) ISBN 9781292127309 and will not be usable without a copy of this text. This Edexcel 9-1 GCSE unit covers around 4 lessons depending upon your class and their overall ability/work rate. Aims and Objectives: Specification area: Conflict and tension in the American West, 1876-1895 To understand the extent of solutions to problems of law and order: sheriffs and marshals. The significance of Billy the Kid, OK Corral (1881), Wyatt Earp. To understand the range wars, including the Johnson County War of 1892. To understand the conflict with the Plains Indians: the Battle of the Little Big Horn, 1876 and its impact; the Wounded Knee Massacre, 1890. The Power Point leads students through all activities with accompanying resources. It also provides feedback/answers at intervals. Activities include group discussion on the causes of lawlessness analysis of Billy the Kid and Wyatt Earp using summary written material, card sort on the Johnson County War, video Q&A on the Battle of Little Bighorn, timeline analysis of the battle, Wounded Knee Massacre storyboard and Facebook posts exercise on reaction.
Changes in Plains Indians' way of life, 1862-76
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Changes in Plains Indians' way of life, 1862-76

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IMPORTANT: Some of these activities refer to the textbook “Edexcel GCSE (9-1) History, The American West, c1835-c1895” (editor Leonard A. and published by Pearson) ISBN 9781292127309 and will not be usable without a copy of this text. This Edexcel 9-1 GCSE unit covers around 4 lessons depending upon your class and their overall ability/work rate. Aims and Objectives: Specification area: Changes in the way of life of the Plains Indians, 1862-76 To understand the impact of railroads, the cattle industry and gold prospecting on the Plains Indians. To understand the impact of US government policy towards the Plains Indians, including the continued use of reservations. President Grant’s ‘Peace Policy’, 1868. To understand the conflict with the Plains Indians: Little Crow’s War (1862), and the Sand Creek Massacre (1864), the significance of Red Cloud’s War (1866-68) and the Fort Laramie Treaty (1868). The Power Point leads students through all activities with accompanying resources. It also provides feedback at intervals. Activities include a card sort on the impact of changes upon Plains Indians’ lives, paired/group discussions on options open to Plains Indians, analysis of Grant’s “Peace Policy” (positive and negative), chronological event ordering, a summary/revision table on the Plains Wars, an 8 mark narrative account exam question on the Indian Wars with support.
WW1 Developments in Medicine and Surgery
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WW1 Developments in Medicine and Surgery

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IMPORTANT: Some of these activities 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 lessons depending upon your class and their overall ability/work rate. Aims and Objectives: To learn about the historical context of medicine in the early 20c: the understanding of infection and moves towards aseptic surgery; the development of x-rays; blood transfusions and developments in the storage of blood. To learn about experiments in surgery and medicine: new techniques in the treatment of wounds and infection, the Thomas splint, the use of mobile x-ray units, the creation of a blood bank for the Battle of Cambrai. The two Power Points lead students through all activities with accompanying worksheets. They also provide feedback at intervals and advice on exam approach. Activities include a fact recall quiz, independent note-taking, information prioritisation, analysing the effectiveness of treatment, a four mark follow up question, preparation for the 4 mark factual recall question with a carousel activity.
Field Marshal Haig and the Battle of the Somme
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Field Marshal Haig and the Battle of the Somme

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This KS3 series of lessons investigate whether or not Field Marshal Haig deserves the nickname “The Butcher of the Somme” leading into a final source assessment. The Power Point leads students through all of the activities with accompanying student task booklet. Two short video clips are used to introduce the way in which Haig has been portrayed and the true nature of the Battle of the Somme. A simple cloze exercise outlines the key facts before a collection of sources are analysed to determine whether or not Haig does deserve to be known as “The Butcher”. This leads into a formal assessment where the students are asked to use the sources critically to produced a balanced written answer with a final judgment. A writing frame and mark scheme are included.
WW1 Christmas Truce
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WW1 Christmas Truce

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This nice Christmas themed lesson has helped me to keep both SLT happy with its academic integrity and the students happy with a bit of Christmas cheer in that final week of term! We introduce the 1914 truce with the Sainsburys advert. The basic factual recall quiz afterwards is a nice chocolate winning opportunity. Students then cross-reference the advert’s idealised portrayal with a series of sources to reach a final judgement on how accurate the Sainsburys’ portrayal was. This is written up in the form of a response from the Advertising Standards Agency to a complaint about the advert not being accurate.
Did Robin Hood really exist?
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Did Robin Hood really exist?

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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.
Abolition of slavery
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Abolition of slavery

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Students evaluate to arguments for and against abolishing slavery across the British Empire. They categorise and rank the various reasons historically given. They then categorise the key reasons into those relating to the economy, the slaves themselves and the Abolitionists. This leads into an essay-style written assessment. A writing frame and mark scheme is also provided.
Jenner, Smallpox and the development of vaccinations
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Jenner, Smallpox and the development of vaccinations

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IMPORTANT: Some of these worksheets and activities 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 the new approaches to prevention: the development and use of vaccinations. Case Study: Jenner The Power Point leads students through all activities with feedback and accompanying worksheets. These include a mystery image starter, storyboard and knowledge recall activity, analysis of reactions to and impact of the vaccine, cut, sort and stick on the development of vaccinations. The key assessment is a 12 mark explanatory question “Explain why there was rapid change in the prevention of smallpox after 1798.” This includes exam technique guidance and the opportunity for peer assessment.
Impact of the NHS and High-tech Treatments
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Impact of the NHS and High-tech Treatments

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IMPORTANT: Some of these activities 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 1-2 lessons depending upon your class and their overall ability/work rate. Aims and Objectives: To learn about the extent of change in care and treatment: the impact of the NHS and high-tech medical and surgical treatments in hospitals. The Power Point leads students through all activities with accompanying worksheets. It also provides feedback/answers/demonstrations at intervals. Activities include watching the very quaint contemporary promotional cartoon which showcases the improvements offered by the NHS, cloze exercise, thought-shower, analysis of high-tech treatments and discussion/linking of NHS to the introduction of high-tech treatments.
The Great Plague in London, 1665
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The Great Plague in London, 1665

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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.
The British Sector of the Western Front
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The British Sector of the Western Front

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IMPORTANT: Some of these activities 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+ lessons depending upon your class and their overall ability/work rate. Aims and Objectives: To learn about the context of the British sector of the Western Front and the theatre of war in Flanders and northern France. The Power Point leads students through all activities with accompanying worksheets and resources. It also provides feedback/answers/advice at intervals which is rather useful when covering so much detailed content. Activities include a starter on source usefulness and enquiry areas, background event ordering, analysing diagrams of trench structure and photographs/written source illustrating problems with transport and communication. There is also an independent note-taking section on the key events following a worked example.
Developments in medical diagnosis and treatment 1900-present
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Developments in medical diagnosis and treatment 1900-present

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IMPORTANT: Some of these activities 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. I have grouped two separate lessons/resource sets into one sale item as by this stage of the course I found that I was quite eager to get though the final content and that my students were becoming ready to move on to something fresh. Aims and Objectives: To learn about the improvements in diagnosis: the impact of the availability of blood tests, scans and monitors. To learn about the extent of change in treatment: advances in medicines, including magic bullets and antibiotics. The Power Points lead students through all activities with accompanying worksheets. They also provide feedback/answers at intervals which is handy as this part of the course is rather content-heavy. Activities are largely worksheet based and focus on analysing reasons for change. Worksheets provide an information overview using time lines etc. to reduce note-taking and speed up this section of the course. For assessment, I have included a 4 mark exam question on changes in diagnosis with advice, structure and the oportunity for peer assessment.
Renaissance Treatment of Disease
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Renaissance Treatment of Disease

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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.
Medieval prevention and treatment of disease
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Medieval prevention and treatment of disease

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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.
Black Death: Treatment and Prevention
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Black Death: Treatment and Prevention

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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.
Impact of anaesthetics & antiseptics on surgery
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Impact of anaesthetics & antiseptics on surgery

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IMPORTANT: Some of these activities 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 the extent of change in care and treatment: the impact of anaesthetics and antiseptics on surgery. The Power Point leads students through all activities with accompanying worksheets. It also provides feedback/answers where useful along with advice on exam approach. Activities include a mystery image starter, key terms, thought-shower, annotated timeline (cut and stick or event ordering), analysis of achievements comparing Simpson and Lister, ranking of arguments against change and a final 12 mark explanation essay question followed by peer assessment.
How Britain changed 1750-1900 (3 lessons)
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How Britain changed 1750-1900 (3 lessons)

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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)
Medical problems, wounds and injuries on the Western Front
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Medical problems, wounds and injuries on the Western Front

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IMPORTANT: Some of these activities 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 technically covers 3-4 lessons depending upon your class and their overall ability-work rate. However, as this is the point in the course where I introduce the 8 mark source evaluation question and the follow-up question, it could easily take a lot longer if all of the practice opportunities are carried out in full. Aims and Objectives: To learn about the main medical problems, wounds and injuries that were faced on the Western Front and how they were dealt with. To learn how to answer the source evaluation exam question and the source follow-up question. The Power Point leads students through all of the activities with accompanying worksheets. It also provides regular feedback and answers which is useful with so much content being covered. Activities include source analysis video starter, independent note-taking, scenario diagnosis of case studies plenary, a developed analysis of Dulce et Decorum using video, a detailed introduction to the source questions with my technique for answering them (poster and handout to reinforce this), source evaluation work on gas attacks and problems with transport, follow-up source question and opportunities for peer assessment.
Developments in Public Health (19c.)
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Developments in Public Health (19c.)

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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 at least one lesson, depending upon your class and their overall ability/work rate. Aims and Objectives: To understand the extent of change in care and treatment: the Public Health Act 1875. The Power Point leads students through all of the activities with accompanying worksheets and activities. These include a short video/recall starter giving an overview of changes, comprehension questions, card sorts and class discussion on impact.
Children in the Mills
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Children in the Mills

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Students use a collection of primary sources to investigate conditions for children working in cotton mills during the Industrial Revolution. These demonstrate both positive and negative aspects. They are encouraged to consider the reliability of each source. They then write up their findings in a balanced government report, making critical use of the source material to reach an overall judgement on whether child labour should be banned. A writing frame is also included for weaker students.