Hero image

M1nstrel Resources

This TES shop has been created by a teacher and middle leader with over 15 years experience of teaching History and raising standards at KS3-5. All resources have been created and tested out in the classroom by the author and have been received well by students and teachers. At present the shop includes a small number of high quality resources and aims to grow over the coming months. The resources aim to be easy to follow for teachers and engaging for students. Feedback is welcomed.

This TES shop has been created by a teacher and middle leader with over 15 years experience of teaching History and raising standards at KS3-5. All resources have been created and tested out in the classroom by the author and have been received well by students and teachers. At present the shop includes a small number of high quality resources and aims to grow over the coming months. The resources aim to be easy to follow for teachers and engaging for students. Feedback is welcomed.
Dunkirk: Triumph or Disaster? (World War Two)
m1nstrelm1nstrel

Dunkirk: Triumph or Disaster? (World War Two)

(0)
This lesson is the second in a series of lessons on the Second World War. It is a source based lesson including a full, easy-to-follow powerpoint presentation, 3 video links, a range of contemporary and modern sources as well as associated written and discussion activities. The lesson is aimed at students in KS3 and focusses upon the differing interpretations of Dunkirk. Students are asked to consider whether this significant event should be regarded as a triumph or disaster for the British. The lessons begins with an engaging starter task in which students are hooked into the lesson by looking at the trailer for the 2017 film ‘Dunkirk’ . Students are then briefly introduced to the background to this event and its presentation as a great triumph by the wartime government and contemporary media. The main task involves the study of a range of contemporary and modern sources before students judge how this event should be interpreted by modern historians.
Black History Display
m1nstrelm1nstrel

Black History Display

(0)
This Black History display resource produces an eye-catching display that will cover a large display board. The resource includes 41 images of significant people and events throughout history ranging from individuals such as Olaudah Equiano to Barack Obama and from the Middle Passage slave ships to the Montgomery Bus Boycott. A super display to get students interested in Black History and to spark interest and curiosity into these remarkable characters and events.
OCR SHP GCSE 9-1 History (USA, 1789-1900): How did the lives of African Americans change, 1877-1900?
m1nstrelm1nstrel

OCR SHP GCSE 9-1 History (USA, 1789-1900): How did the lives of African Americans change, 1877-1900?

(0)
This lesson looks at the changing lives of African Americans between 1877-1900. The lesson begins with an engaging picture collage starter that asks students to predict how life for African Americans changed during this period. Following this, students select and categorise information on the various influences upon African American lives to build up a picture life for this group of people during this period. Exam skills are developed when students are then required to consider an 18 mark essay style exam question. Tasks focus on developing essay writing skills using the PEEL technique of writing paragraphs.
Shell Shock in The First World War: The Case of Private Harry Farr (Top Seller!)
m1nstrelm1nstrel

Shell Shock in The First World War: The Case of Private Harry Farr (Top Seller!)

(0)
This lesson explores the issue of shell shock in the First World War through an investigation of the case of Private Harry Farr who was shot at dawn for cowardice. The lesson begins with an engaging starter activity linked to the viewing of two short you tube clips. The lesson then goes on to investigate the case of Private Harry Farr through the transcripts of the court martial trial that Harry Farr faced in October 1916. Students decide whether they believe Harry Farr was innocent or guilty of the charges faced and try to convince their classmates of their viewpoint by producing a courtroom speech either prosecuting of defending Harry.
Castles 2: The Development of Castles - How and why castles changed over time?
m1nstrelm1nstrel

Castles 2: The Development of Castles - How and why castles changed over time?

(0)
This lesson looks at the development of castles from the earliest Motte and Bailey style castles to the sophisticated concentric castles of the 15th century. The lesson is aimed at students in KS3 and focuses on the main features of attacking and defending castles and how this influenced the development of castles over time. The lesson begins with an engaging starter which introduces the students to different types of castles. Students then acquire knowledge of how and why castles changed over time before moving onto the main task of the lesson. This is an active learning task which involves the students designing their own castle based on their understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of various castle features. The final task involves students debating the effectiveness of their castle designs to evaluate the success of their creations.
Women's History Month: Women in History Display
m1nstrelm1nstrel

Women's History Month: Women in History Display

(0)
This Women in History display resource produces an eye-catching display that will cover a large display board. The resource includes 32 pictures of women of significance through history from Cleopatra to Harriet Tubman. A super display to get students interested in the contributions of women throughout the ages and spark interest and curiosity into the achievements of these remarkable characters.
Castles 3: Case Study on the development of Warwick Castle.
m1nstrelm1nstrel

Castles 3: Case Study on the development of Warwick Castle.

(0)
This lesson is a case study of Warwick Castle which focuses on how and why this castle has changed over time. The lesson is aimed at KS3 students and begins with an engaging starter activity looking at some of the main features of attacking and defending castles. The lesson then involves a card sort activity looking at pictures, dates and text to build up a story of the castle’s development over time. Differentiated versions of this activity are included. A video clip and information gathering sheet helps students to build up more information before using this to produce an informative information leaflet for visitors to Warwick Castle.
The Causes of World War Two (1-2 Lessons)
m1nstrelm1nstrel

The Causes of World War Two (1-2 Lessons)

(0)
This lesson is the first in a series of lessons on the Second World War aimed primarily at KS3 students and is expected to take between 1-2 hours to complete. Students are introduced to some of the main causes of this significant event of modern world history. The lesson can be delivered as a computer based research lesson or through a more traditional, classroom based lesson. In the computer based lesson students are directed to a series of informative websites and audio visual clips from which they can gather their information. In the traditional, classroom based lesson students use the information sheet resources to gather their information. The final task of the lesson requires students to demonstrate their learning through a choice of creative tasks which they must complete. This can include such things as creating a poem, song, role play or video. Responses from students so far has been excellent.
Second World War Bundle
m1nstrelm1nstrel

Second World War Bundle

8 Resources
Fantastic Value. An 8 lesson series on the Second World War. This bundle includes engaging lessons that encourage independent learning on the Causes of the Second World War, Dunkirk, The Battle of Britain, D-Day, Pearl Harbour, Atomic Bomb, and a great resource on the Home Front.
History Diversity Displays
m1nstrelm1nstrel

History Diversity Displays

2 Resources
A bundle of 2 eye-catching displays focusing on the inspirational individuals and fascinating events of Black History and Women’s History. These displays are created to spark interest and curiosity into these areas of history and are a great talking point in lessons.
Castles 1: How did William control England? - Motte & Bailey Castles
m1nstrelm1nstrel

Castles 1: How did William control England? - Motte & Bailey Castles

(0)
This lesson looks at the various problems facing William the Conqueror as King of England following his victory at the Battle of Hastings. The lesson is aimed at KS3 students in Year 7 or 8 and looks at the earliest, Motte & Bailey, style of castle that William and his barons built around England to control the country. The lesson looks at the main characteristics of this style of castle, the reasons why William needed to build such structures, the advantages and disadvantages of these castles, and ends with a consideration of possible improvements that will be needed to make future castles more effective. The lesson includes an engaging starter task, a link to a BBC Teach audio visual clip, and a creative written task which asks students to consider the feelings and reactions of the local population to the invading barons.
Black History: Edward Colston, The Slave Trade & The Middle Passage (1-2 Lessons)
m1nstrelm1nstrel

Black History: Edward Colston, The Slave Trade & The Middle Passage (1-2 Lessons)

(0)
This lesson on the Trans-Atlantic Trade Triangle and Middle Passage journey is primarily aimed at KS3 students and places a focus on Britain’s role in the slave trade. The lesson begins with an engaging starter showing a variety of images relating to slavery ranging from paintings of American plantations to modern photographic images from the Black Lives Matter protests of 2020. The story of Bristol slave trader Edward Colston is a recurring feature of the lesson in order to maintain focus on Britain’s central role in the slave trade. Students learn about the Triangular Trade system through the use of YouTube clips and creative diagram tasks before considering the thoughts and feelings of slaves and slave traders on the Middle Passage journey. Discussion is encouraged to consider why people were willing to accept and promote the slave trade in the past. The final task asks students to produce a diary entry or newspaper article on the Middle Passage journey from varying perspectives.
Castle Development (Top Seller!)
m1nstrelm1nstrel

Castle Development (Top Seller!)

3 Resources
This series of 3 lessons on castles begins with a lesson on the introduction of Motte and Bailey Castles to England following the Norman Conquest of 1066. The series then goes on to look at the various methods of attacking and defending castles and how this influenced the development of castles through the ages. The final lesson takes a closer look at castle development in a case study on Warwick Castle.
OCR SHP GCSE 9-1 History (USA, 1789-1900): How did the lives of Native Americans change, 1877-1900?
m1nstrelm1nstrel

OCR SHP GCSE 9-1 History (USA, 1789-1900): How did the lives of Native Americans change, 1877-1900?

(0)
This lesson looks at the changing lives of Plains Indians between 1877-1900 following the Battle of Little Bighorn. The lesson begins with an engaging starter that briefly revisits the build up and events of the Battle of Little Bighorn. Following this, students gather information on the various pressures and events which affect the lives of the Plains Indians following this battle. The lesson then goes on to require students to apply their knowledge to planning an answer to an 18 mark essay style exam question focusing on the causes of the destruction of the traditional culture of the Plains Indians.
The Home Front in World War Two? (1-2 lessons)
m1nstrelm1nstrel

The Home Front in World War Two? (1-2 lessons)

(0)
This lesson is one of a series of lessons created on the Second World War which I deliver to students at KS3. However, it is a great lesson that would also be ideal for students at KS2. The lesson begins with an engaging starter activity which introduces students to the Home Front and asks them to consider the hopes, fears and feelings of various fictional characters at the outbreak of the Second World War. Students then find out more about life on the Home Front either by following a traditional classroom based lesson using detailed information sheets, or as a computer based lesson which guides students to various websites and video clips from which they can gather their information. Students use their information to produce an A3 presentation piece on the home Front and finishes off by revisiting the starter activity to consider how different people in Britain were affected by the Second World War.
The Norman Conquest & Battle of Hastings (Full 6 Lesson Unit)
m1nstrelm1nstrel

The Norman Conquest & Battle of Hastings (Full 6 Lesson Unit)

(0)
This series of 6 lessons begins with the problem of succession caused by the death of Edward the Confessor and ends with an assessment asking why William won the Battle of Hastings. The series also covers the dilemma facing Harold Godwineson following his coronation as King of England, the prelude to the Battle of Hastings, and lessons on the Battles of Stamford Bridge and Hastings themselves. Please leave a review if you find these resources useful.
OCR SHP GCSE 9-1 History (The People's Health): Lesson 5 - The Black Death
m1nstrelm1nstrel

OCR SHP GCSE 9-1 History (The People's Health): Lesson 5 - The Black Death

(0)
This lesson is the fifth in this series produced for The People’s Health unit of the OCR SHP GCSE. It covers the spread of the Black Death across Asia and Europe and its arrival in England in 1348. It goes on to cover the medieval beliefs and attempted cures for the plague, as well as the impact of the plague upon the country in general. The resource set includes a full lesson presentation with associated starter task, source sheet, activity sheet and associated information sheet. Please leave a review if you find this resources useful.
Second World War Review Lesson
m1nstrelm1nstrel

Second World War Review Lesson

(0)
This lesson is a nice review lesson once you have covered some of the main events and topics of the Second World War. The lesson is an independent, computer based research lesson in which students are given the task of producing their own museum exhibition. Students are given the chance to reflect on what they have learnt over previous lessons, delve a bit deeper into an area they are particularly interested in, and get creative to demonstrate their knowledge of the Second World War.