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This TES shop has been created by a teacher and middle leader with over 12 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 12 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.
OCR SHP GCSE 9-1 History (The People's Health): Lesson 4 - Public Health in Towns & Monasteries
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OCR SHP GCSE 9-1 History (The People's Health): Lesson 4 - Public Health in Towns & Monasteries

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This lesson on Public Health in Towns and Monasteries is produced for The People’s Health unit of the OCR SHP GCSE. It follows on from my lesson on the Black Death and covers the response of the church and town authorities to the health and hygiene issues of the middle ages. The lesson looks at the responses of these two authorities both before and after the Black Death and questions whether this plague led to a greater emphasis on public health. The resource set includes a full lesson presentation, starter task, picture stimulus task, and two information worksheets. Please leave a review if you find this resource useful.
The Norman Conquest Lesson 1: Claimants to the Throne
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The Norman Conquest Lesson 1: Claimants to the Throne

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This lesson introduces the problem of choosing the next King of England following the death of Edward the Confessor. Students consider the normal rules of succession and the attributes that make a good monarch before being introduced to the three main contenders for the throne of England in 1066. The main task asks students to consider the attributes and background of the contenders before deciding upon whom they believe has the most legitimate claim to the throne. The resource includes a presentation for the full lesson along with associated worksheets and resources. Please leave a review if you find this resource useful.
Castle Development
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Castle Development

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

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

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

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

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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.
OCR SHP GCSE 9-1 History (The People's Health): Lesson 3 - Life in Medieval Towns & Villages
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OCR SHP GCSE 9-1 History (The People's Health): Lesson 3 - Life in Medieval Towns & Villages

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This is the third in a series of 5 lessons put together to follow The People’s Health unit of the OCR SHP GCSE 9-1 History course. The lesson equips students with knowledge of living conditions in both town and village during the medieval period and asks them to consider which place provided the best opportunity for a healthy existence during this time. If you find this resource useful please leave a review.
OCR SHP GCSE 9-1 History (The People's Health): Lesson 1 - Introduction to The People's Health
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OCR SHP GCSE 9-1 History (The People's Health): Lesson 1 - Introduction to The People's Health

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This lesson is the first in a series put together to follow the OCR SHP GCSE 9-1 History course. The lesson gives an overview to the unit and introduces students to the living conditions, epidemics, and government responses to health problems facing the country throughout the c.1250-present day time period. The resource is packaged in a single presentation document but all printable picture, graph, and card sort resources are included as part of the presentation so that all are easily accessible. Please leave a review if you find this resource useful.
The Norman Conquest / Battle of Hastings - 6 Lesson Bundle
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The Norman Conquest / Battle of Hastings - 6 Lesson Bundle

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The Norman Conquest Lesson Bundle is a series of 6 lessons beginning with the problem of succession caused by the death of Edward the Confessor and ending 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 (USA, 1789-1900): How did the lives of Native Americans change, 1877-1900?
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OCR SHP GCSE 9-1 History (USA, 1789-1900): How did the lives of Native Americans change, 1877-1900?

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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.
OCR SHP GCSE 9-1 History: How did big business affect the lives of Americans, 1877-1900?
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OCR SHP GCSE 9-1 History: How did big business affect the lives of Americans, 1877-1900?

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This lesson looks at the impact big business, growing cities and mass migration had on the lives of the American people between 1877-1900. The lesson begins with an engaging starter that requires students to analyse a political cartoon on the ‘robber barons’ and their impact on the American people. Following this, students produce a creative A3 piece of display work which looks at the affects big business, cities and mass migration had on the American people. The lesson then considers a possible 10 mark GCSE style examination question and develops students ability to explain clearly.
The Norman Conquest Lesson 4: Before the Battle of Hastings
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The Norman Conquest Lesson 4: Before the Battle of Hastings

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Lesson 4 in this series on the Norman Conquest. This lesson looks at the events leading up to the Battle of Hastings following Harold Godwineson’s victory over Harald Hardraada at Stamford Bridge. Students build up knowledge of the course of events between the two battles and consider who had the best chance of victory in the Battle of Hastings. Students will be encouraged to discuss their ideas and justify their decisions in paired and whole class discussion. If you find this resource useful please leave a review.
The Norman Conquest Lesson 2: Harold's Dilemma
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The Norman Conquest Lesson 2: Harold's Dilemma

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This lesson looks at the dilemma facing Harold Godwineson following his coronation as King of England after the death of Edward the Confessor. Students consider what course of action Harold should take in preparation for the imminent arrival of the other two contenders for the throne (Harald Hardraada and William, Duke of Normandy). The lesson includes a full lesson presentation along with all associated worksheets and maps that students will need. The lesson follows on from my previous lesson, The Norman Conquest: Contenders to the Throne. Please leave a review if you find this resource useful.
The Norman Conquest Lesson 3: Stamford Bridge
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The Norman Conquest Lesson 3: Stamford Bridge

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This is lesson 3 of a series I have put together on the Norman Conquest. It looks at the reasons for Harold Godwineson’s victory over Harald Hardraada at the Battle of Stamford Bridge. Students learn about the events of the battle and are challenged to consider the relative importance of the various reasons for Hardraada’s defeat. The lesson looks at the skills of description, explanation and justification to provide appropriate challenge for most students. Please leave a review if you find these resources useful.
The Norman Conquest Lesson 6: Why did William win the Battle of Hastings Assessment
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The Norman Conquest Lesson 6: Why did William win the Battle of Hastings Assessment

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This is the final lesson in a series of 6 on the Norman Conquest. The lesson prepares students for the traditional ‘Why did William win the Battle of Hastings?’ essay. The resources focusses on refreshing students’ minds to the reasons for William’s victory and structuring essay answers using PEE paragraphs.The resource includes a presentation, starter task pictures, card sort activity sheet, differentiated writing frame and peer assessment sheet. Please leave a review if you find this resource useful.
The Norman Conquest Lesson 5: The Battle of Hastings
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The Norman Conquest Lesson 5: The Battle of Hastings

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This lesson looks at the course of events on the day of the Battle of Hastings. Students build up their knowledge through the interrogation of primary source materials from both English and Norman accounts as well as through a link to a BBC Teach video clip on YouTube. Students consider how useful these sources are before producing a storyboard narrative of the day of the Battle of Hastings. Differentiated materials and suggestions are included. The lesson ends with students beginning to think about the main reasons for William’s victory which will be subject of the final assessment lesson (Lesson 6). Please leave a review if you find these materials useful.
OCR SHP GCSE 9-1 History (The People's Health): Lesson 2 - Medieval Overview to The People's Health
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OCR SHP GCSE 9-1 History (The People's Health): Lesson 2 - Medieval Overview to The People's Health

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This lesson is the second in a series put together to follow The People’s Health unit of the OCR SHP GCSE 9-1 History course. The lesson gives an overview to the medieval section of The People’s Health unit and takes a look at health, living conditions and disease in the middle ages. Students are also introduced to the various aspects of medieval life, beliefs and society that had an affect on the health of the people in this time period. The resource includes a full lesson presentation along with all printable information and task resources in an associated document. Please leave a review if you find this resource useful.