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I am a History teacher in the North West, and head of Citizenship in my school. I have been teaching since 2007, in four secondary schools across the area. In between times, in 2012, I taught as a volunteer teacher in Ghana, with English, French and Maths classes (you can read about my adventures in my book, Teaching in the Sun, available on Amazon). All of my resources have been extensively tried and tested. I hope that you, like me, are able to use them for good and outstanding lessons.

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I am a History teacher in the North West, and head of Citizenship in my school. I have been teaching since 2007, in four secondary schools across the area. In between times, in 2012, I taught as a volunteer teacher in Ghana, with English, French and Maths classes (you can read about my adventures in my book, Teaching in the Sun, available on Amazon). All of my resources have been extensively tried and tested. I hope that you, like me, are able to use them for good and outstanding lessons.
Gunpowder Plot conspiracy or not evidence
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Gunpowder Plot conspiracy or not evidence

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This is a resource for KS3 History students. Students look through the pieces of evidence. They decide which of these suggest a real plot, and which suggest that there was a government cover-up. It can be done as a card sort, cut and stick or highlighting activity. Higher ability students can be challenged, particularly in a card sort, to prioritise the pieces of evidence on either side of the argument. There are resources for higher and lower ability students included This can lead to a class debate or a piece of extended writing.
Success of evacuation in WW2
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Success of evacuation in WW2

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This is a card sorting resource for KS3 or KS4 students looking at the success of the evacuation process, Operation Pied Piper, in 1939. Students can sort the cards into: advantages for children, disadvantages for children, successes of the process, failures of the process. Alternatively, they can sort them into good/bad points. Further activities can sort the cards for priorities of positives and negatives. There is a differentiated resource for lower ability students. This can lead to a discussion activity or a piece of extended writing on the success of evacuation. I have in the past used it as the basis of an assessment on the success of evacuation.
The spread of the Great Fire of London
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The spread of the Great Fire of London

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This is a diamond 9 card sort to explain why the Great Fire of London spread with such devastating consequences. Students can explain the reasons that each of the causes of the spread of the fire ere important. Students then arrange cards into the following areas: the Lord Mayor, the weather, the buildings and the fire engines. Students can prioritise and classify reasons into these factors. There is a differentiated version, without thee explanation space, for lower ability students. Students should explain what they think are the most important factors in the spread of the fire, and explain their opinons. This can lead to an extended piece of writing on the causes of the spread of the fire.
Hitler's foreign policy 1933-9
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Hitler's foreign policy 1933-9

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This is an activity to introduce Hitler's foreign policy 1933-9. Hitler's aims can be introduced by watching the video of his speech. Students can discuss what they think Hitler is likely to do to achieve what he talks about in the speech. Students make a graph of the actions that Hitler undertook. They plot them in chronological order (this can be done as a card sort), and decide which were political or military actions. There are two sheets for the actions, one in chronological order for less able students, one jumbled up for students to arrange (and possibly stick down? - If so, do the graph sheet on A3 for space reasons.) More able students can explain a turning point in the actions which made war inevitable at some point, and explain why other events led to war. They can also offer their thoughts on how Britain and France should have reacted to successfully avoid war.
Effects of prison
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Effects of prison

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This is a card sort or diamond 9 activity designed to allow students to categorise and prioritise the effects of prison. Students can use the cards to explain their thoughts on the importance of positive and negatives of the effects of prison. Categories could include, but not be limited to: job / careers social / family and friends skills character / personality As an extension, students can choose to write a letter of advice to a prisoner, or to make a poster aimed at advising prisoners..
School community
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School community

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This is a worksheet and lesson powerpoint for Key Stage 2 and 3 Citizenship. Pupils use worksheet 1 to define the word 'community' after working as a pair. Worksheet 1 invites pupils to look at different people in the school community, and their roles within it. they make a spider diagram on the sheet. They can, as an extension, then choose one person and consider their role using questions on the powerpoint to stimulate their thinking. Sheet 2 is a layered sheet similar to an inference square on which are problems, causes, solutions and pupil actions. Pupils can consider problems within the school, and what they could do about them, with questions layered on sheet 2 for differentiation. The powerpoint supports all aspects of learning on the sheet, and invites pupils to discuss the role of a school council.
reason for abolition of slavery
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reason for abolition of slavery

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A worksheet differentiated for the higher-, medium- and lower-ability students, containing reasons for the abolition of the slave trade, and slavery itself. Could be used as a card sort or a colour-coded worksheet. Students can decide which factors help to end the slave trade, slavery itself, or both. Students can sort for political, economic social and cultural reasons. Students are invited to make decisions on the most important 3 reasons at the end of the sorting. This can lead to lively debate.
Elizabethan Poor Law
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Elizabethan Poor Law

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This is for GCSE History. Students have three sheets which they can work through. the powerpoint is slide with definitions of the impotent / undeserving / deserving poor 1. Laws against begging and why they failed - Students match the law to why it failed, and higher ability students can take note of whose reign each was passed in. More able students can answer two extension questions to compare the laws of Henry VIII to Elizabeth. 2. The Act for the Relief of the Poor – 1601 - Students match up which parts of the Poor Law fit to which people. Terms of the poor law are underneath - you may want to cut the sheet in half so that terms and the chart are not together. Refer to the PowerPoint if needed for this. There is an extension question underneath the chart for the more able. 3. Effectiveness of the Poor Law - students colour code or use as a card sort the strengths and weaknesses of the Poor Law. They can consider the biggest strength and greatest weakness, before making an overall judgement on the effectiveness of the Poor Law. The best responses will suggests that whilst the effect was limited, it was a significant step and certainly better than anything attempted before.
Migration to Britain
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Migration to Britain

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This is a card sort designed to allow students to categorise and prioritise reasons that groups of people have migrated to Britain throughout history. They can also be arranged as a chronology exercise. There is a second version of the cards designed for less able students. The categorising task could be done as a venn diagram using the venn diagram template.
Black Death - causes and treatments
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Black Death - causes and treatments

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The powerpoint allows students to decide what was a Medieval belief in the spread of the Black Death, and what was a real cause. The worksheet allows students to decide what was: • Completely ineffective in stopping the spread of the Black Death • Of limited effect in stopping the spread of the Black Death • More effective in stopping the spread of the Black Death Students then explain one treatment that was effective, and why, then one treatment that was ineffective and why people did it anyway. More able students can extend themselves by explaining why people did not know the real causes, and the extent to which fear played a part in the disease's treatment.
Essex rebellion events
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Essex rebellion events

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This is a resource for the new GCSE section on Elizabeth. Students are to put the events of the Essex rebellion in order. They are to then answer the scaffolded questions at the bottom of the sheet. More able students can be invited to consider turning points and the overall position of Elizabeth after the rebellion - was her position strengthened or weakened? An exam Q can be set after the activity, or as a homework. N.B. It will be very helpful to have studied the Earl of Essex's character, career and marriage potential before this lesson, so that students have a full picture.
Hoover, Roosevelt and the 1932 election
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Hoover, Roosevelt and the 1932 election

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This is a resource for GCSE students. I have used it with the new GCSE spec for US History. Students are encouraged to look at Hoover’s and FDR’s beliefs on the causes, course and remedies to the Depression. They use the quotes and info on the powerpoint to help them decide which were Hoover’s / FDR’s ideas. This can lead to a discussion on who would be the better presidential candidate and why. On p2 of the worksheet, students choose up to 3 reasons why FDR won, based on their respective campaigns. This can be done individually, or a paired thinking skill. With the Hoover’s solutions worksheet, students match up the problems that Hoover faced to the solution that he came up with. Answers are on the Hoover’s solutions ppt. As an extension students can decide why Hoover’s solutions were too little, too late. This can lead to class discussion. It can be used as a reference point when you start the New Deal, as many of Hoover’s policies served as inspirations for FDR’s solutions. Students can watch the YouTube link on the Bonus marchers and explain how big an impact it had on the election outcome. Without it, would FDR still have won? Why / not?
The development of canals
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The development of canals

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This is a whole lessons activity on the coming of canals during the Industrial Revolution. Use the powerpoint to encourage students to define the word canalmania, and to decide the biggest problems that the canalbuilders faced in the 1780s/90s. The worksheet can be done as a card sort or a cut and stick activity. Students must decide which of the pieces of information are advantages and disadvantages. They must then, as an extension, decide which relate to: a) money, b) transporting people/things, c) others. Students then answer the question on the final slide of the powerpoint. This can lead to a piece of extended writing for more able students, or as a more broken down set of answers for the less able. There is plenty of scope for discussion throughout the lesson.
Migration to Britain
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Migration to Britain

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A resource pack to support the teaching of migration in the C21st. Activities included to suit KS3 teaching, with plenty of scope for differentiation by either task or outcome for more- or less able students.
The threat of Mary Queen of Scots
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The threat of Mary Queen of Scots

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This is a resource for the new GCSE, although could also be used with KS3. Students put the events in Mary's life into order. There are differentiate card sorts for core and lower ability students. Answers are on the powerpoint slides. Students are invited to answer extension questions when they have finished the sorting excersize. The Youtube link is a run through of Mary's life, which could be shown either before or after the card sort activity.
Causes of the development of the British Empire
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Causes of the development of the British Empire

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A lesson on the development of thee British Empire. A blank copy of a world map is attached for a labelling exercise of the colonies of the Empire. Students complete card sorting activity on the reasons for the development of the empire. They can be challenged to come up with their own categories, or those on the table in the PowerPoint can be used. It can be done as a diamond 9 activity for more able students. There is a differentiated copy for lower-ability students. Students can decide on the key reason(s) and give their own explanation. It could also be one as a venn diagram using the venn diagram template, Finish by explaining the main trading routes, and have students draw these on their blank map.
Causes of the English Civil War
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Causes of the English Civil War

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This is a lesson resource in including a two-fold card sorting or cutting and sticking exercise. Students start by matching up key terms which will be used in this lesson and others on the Civil War. Students then move on to the causes of the war, on the worksheet. They decide which are the long-term and short term factors. They can subsequently arrange them according to blame - the king, Parliament, or no particular blame. Lower-ability students can move straight on to blaming the king, Parliament, or no-one in particular. Students can use the writing frame at the end to decide on the more important causes of the Civil War, and attach overall blame to the king / Parliament. A fun and informative lesson.
American entry to WWII
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American entry to WWII

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This is a card sort or diamond 9 activity designed to allow students to categorise and prioritise reasons for the American entry to WWII. More able students can use the cards to explain their thoughts on the most important reason for the American entry to WWII, and decide how important Pearl Harbour was. Categories could include, but not be limited to: Pearl Harbour and aftermath USA's desire to help allies Political desire to join the war Nazi aggression It could be done as a venn diagram using the second sheet.
Caesar's invasions of Britain
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Caesar's invasions of Britain

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This is a card sort for the two invasion of Britain in 55BC and 54BC. Students can arrange the events in chronological order. It could be done as a card sort or numbering activity. Students can then decide the reasons why Caesar's invasions failed. They give an explanation of each reason. More able students can reach their judgement on the key reasons for failure.
Budgeting for an event
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Budgeting for an event

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This is a resource that could be used for any year group, although I use it for Key Stage 3. Students have to plan a birthday party. They can choose whether to do go karting, ice skating, cinema or a disco. They must consider what they have to plan and how much it costs. They have a s budget, as appropriate to the activity. They will have to pick from a number of options to have in the party, such as a shop-bought or home-made birthday cake, amounts of food to be bought, and how many people to invite based on the cost of the event. They will have to prioritise and debate what to spend money on. At the end of the lesson, they can answer reflection questions contained on the resource sheet, on how they made their choices, and what they learned about budgeting. Place students in pairs/3s. They will need to choose which party theme to have, and then collect the appropriate resource sheet. Answers can be written, and sums worked out, on the other resource sheet. There is also a powerpoint to guide students through the lesson.