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I am a Geography specialist who has also been teaching GCSE history for the past few years. I have uploaded some lessons for History and Geography. I hope people find them useful.

I am a Geography specialist who has also been teaching GCSE history for the past few years. I have uploaded some lessons for History and Geography. I hope people find them useful.
The National Health Service
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The National Health Service

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A Key Stage 3 lesson, used as part of a Welfare State unit of work on the establishment of the National Health Service in 1948. We complete quick retrieval starter on the discovery of penicillin to begin with. We then discuss what happened to people when they got ill before the NHS. We look at the Beveridge Report and the pupils complete a reading text analysis by reading the text and answering the questions around the outside of the template. We then look at the changes made by the Labour government. The pupils rate these changes in terms of how useful they were to ordinary people and explain their impacts. We then move onto the formation of the NHS, we watch a public information video created in 1948 and the pupils answer questions about this. We then look at a further clip on the NHS beofre asking the question ‘Is the NHS Britain’s greatest ever achievement?’. I hope that this proves useful and saves you some time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Health and Medicine in WW2
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Health and Medicine in WW2

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Key Stage 3 lesson but could be adapted to Key Stage 4. This lesson looks at the impacts of the Second World War on health and medicine. A simple retrieval practice multiple choice quiz starts the lesson. We then watch a Disney clip created for the US army in 1945 about the importance of taking medicines. We discuss how the clip reveals the US army’s concerns about diseases during WW2. We then look at the dangers faced by the military on the front lines and analyse the kit of a medic to see why they carried what they did and what this says about the nature of the injuries. We then look at risks to health at the ‘home front’. The pupils use an impact strip to record the impacts of the war on health and medicine, they describe the impact and explain what effect it would have had on health. We then look at a source question on penicillin. A plenary pyramid finishes the lesson. I hope that this proves useful and saves you some time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
The Discovery of Penicillin
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The Discovery of Penicillin

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The third lesson in a Key stage 3 unit of work on the Welfare State, but could easily be adapted to Key Stage 4. We start with a simple retrieval practice starter where the pupils have to put the events in order, you just adapt to suit your previous learning. We then introduce the term antibiotic and what this means and why it might have been important in the war effort and elsewhere. We then look at the story of the discovery of penicillin. The pupils stick the outline road into their books at watch the information slides as the teacher scrolls through. They are fully illustrated with some amusing sound effects too. The pupils then watch a short video which discusses the science in more detail. We then look at an interpretation and the pupils complete a differentiated task answer the questions around the interpretation in 10mins. We then finish with a ‘to what extent do you agree’ type question where the pupils consider the significance of the discovery compared to other scientific discoveries. I hope that this proves useful and saves you some time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
The Hungry Thirties
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The Hungry Thirties

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The second lesson in a Key stage 3 unit of work on the Welfare State. The lesson covers the reasons why the decade was known as ‘The Hungry Thirties’, then we seek to assess whether the decade deserves this name or not. We start with a simple multiple choice retrieval practice starter. We then move onto the start of the thirties and briefly introduce the Labour Party. We then look at a series of photographs from the 1930’s and the pupils try to work out what is happening and what this tells us about life in Britain in that decade. We then watch a video clip on the decade and the pupils write down examples of hardship and examples of prosperity. We then look at the situation from the point of view of various types of people. Using the emoji pictures the pupils annotate the emojis based on what reaction these various people would have to their situation in the decade with an explanation. We then answer the question whether the decade deserves the nickname. This is done with the pupils responding to a ‘To what extent do you agree with the statement’ type question. A countdown plenary finishes the lesson. I hope that this proves useful and saves you some time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
The Welfare State: Poverty and Public Health in 1900
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The Welfare State: Poverty and Public Health in 1900

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The first lesson in a Key stage 3 unit of work on the Welfare State. The lesson introduces the conditions that the poor had to endure in the early 1900’s through the use of video clips and sources. The pupils complete a text analysis that summarises the political situation in regards to public health. We then look at the Liberal Reforms that were introduced by the Liberal Government in 1906 and then successive governments. The pupils complete an information hunt and complete a hexagon task in which they explain how the reforms help tackle poverty poor health. I hope that this proves useful and saves you some time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
The Normans: Life in the Towns
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The Normans: Life in the Towns

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GCSE Anglo Saxon and Norman England 1060-87 for the new specification 2016. In this lesson we look at the growth of towns after the conquest and what towns were like to live in. We start with a quick retrieval practice starter. We then look at how the towns developed into market towns, the pupils answer questions from a video clip. We then complete a text analysis where the pupils highlight the reasons for the growth of towns during Norman times. We briefly look at burgesses before focusing on trade and the pupils complete a profitability scale to show which of the aspects of trade in medieval times produced the most money for the medieval town and why. We finish with a to what extent plenary. Hope this saves you some valuable planning time! https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
The Normans: Life in a Norman Village
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The Normans: Life in a Norman Village

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GCSE Anglo Saxon and Norman England 1060-87 for the new specification 2016. In this lesson we look at the medieval manor system. We start with a simple retrieval practice starter. We then introduce the Norman village by giving an overview of how it works. The pupils answer questions from an info strip. We then look at the types of houses found in the village and what the medieval manor was. The pupils describe the typical village house and manor. We then look at the peasants year and day with the pupils answer questions and recording potential hardships. We also briefly look at Wharram Percy as an example village. We finish with a source question. Hope this saves you some valuable planning time! https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
How Were The Nazis Resisted?
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How Were The Nazis Resisted?

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Key Stage 3 lesson for a scheme of work on The Rise of The Dictators. In this lesson we look at how the Nazis were resisted. We start by introducing the types of resistance the Nazis encountered such as non-conforming, resistance and opposition. The pupils are then given several examples on a worksheet, they must classify the example into one of the three types, rate the example for seriousness to the Nazi regime and explain their rating. They then explain the most serious threat to the Nazi regime. We then look at a video clip and the pupils complete sentence starters and answer questions. We ten look at a written source on how opponents were watched and the pupils answer questions. We finish with the pupils writing a response to the statement “The main reason that resistance to the Nazis failed was the strength of the police state”. this can be done as an exam “To what extent” question, for which there is a slide with guidance and support, or a class discussion. There are retrieval practice starter and plenary quizzes. I hope this proves useful and saves you some time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
How did the Nazis Control People?
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How did the Nazis Control People?

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Key Stage 3 lesson for a scheme of work on The Rise of The Dictators. In this lesson we look at how the Nazis used both terror and propaganda and censorship to indoctrinate & control the populace of Germany. We start with a simple retrieval practice quiz. We then look at how the Nazis used terror. the pupils look at both the SS and Gestapo, rating the different aspects of each for terror and intimidation, explaining as they go. We then look at Josef Goebbels and propaganda and censorship. The pupils read each method and rate their effectiveness before deciding which method was the most effective. We look at a propaganda poster from 1936 and answer a question around this, and finish with a to what extent style plenary where the pupils can either debate or write about whether terror or propaganda & censorship was the most effective method of gaining control over the people, I hope this proves useful and saves you some time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Life in Nazi Germany
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Life in Nazi Germany

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Key Stage 3 lesson for a scheme of work on The Rise of The Dictators. In this lesson we look at what life was like for people living in Nazi Germany. We start with an activity called ‘Photos from Nazi Germany’. The pupils try to work out what is going on in the photos and what this tells us about life in Germany at this time. We then look at life for different types of adults, we use an evidence sheet and the pupils make notes about how those people perhaps benefited, or suffered under Nazi rule. We then look at young people. We start by analyzing a school day fro the German school pupil and why the Nazi’s wanted certain subjects to be taught. We then look at the Hitler Youth and the league of German Maidens and why young people were drawn to these groups and what purpose they served the Nazi’s I hope this proves useful and saves you some time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Adolf Hitler: His Rise to Power
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Adolf Hitler: His Rise to Power

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Key Stage 3 lesson for a scheme of work on The Rise of The Dictators. In this lesson we look at the early problems facing Germany after WWI to set the scene for the rise of the Nazi Party. We then look at the Weimar Golden Years and what Germany was like in the 1920’s. We then track Hitlers early life and look for ‘alarm bells’. These are events in his life that shaped his ideologies or betrayed his wish to be a ruthless dictator. We then look at how the Wall Street Crash played into the Nazi’s hand and the pupils complete a text analysis to learn how Hitler became Chancellor in 1933 and then Fuhrer in 1934. I hope this proves useful and saves you some time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Stalin's Dictatorship
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Stalin's Dictatorship

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Key Stage 3 lesson for a scheme of work on The Rise of The Dictators. In this lesson we look at Stalin’s leadership of the Soviet Union and his actions. We start with a quick retrieval practice quiz. We then introduce Stalin via a video clip and the pupils complete sentences as they watch the clip. We then look at Stalin’s actions as leader and the pupils decide if they are good ideas or bad ideas using a visual indicator scale and explanation. We then look at how different types of people within the Soviet union would react to Stalin’s actions as leader. We look at a source and the pupils answer a GCSE-style 4-mark question. I hope this proves useful and saves you some time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Communism: How Did The Communists Change Russia?
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Communism: How Did The Communists Change Russia?

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Key Stage 3 lesson for a scheme of work on The Rise of The Dictators. In this lesson we recap on the causes of the Russian Revolution. We then introduce the idea of Communism and Karl Marx’s beliefs. The pupils look at the scenario he envisaged may result in Communism and summarise the stages and draw symbols to represent each stage. We then look at Lenin’s actions to change Russia. The pupils divide his changes into good ideas and bad ideas and explain why. We then look at how much the West feared communism in a ‘thermometer’ analyis. The pupils have to justify how much the governments of Western democracies feared communism at that time. We finish with a ‘to what extent’ question. I hope this proves useful and saves you some time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
The Russian Revolution
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The Russian Revolution

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Key Stage 3 lesson for a scheme of work on The Rise of The Dictators. In this lesson we look at the Russian Revolution of 1917 and its causes. We begin by looking at Tsar Nicholas II, we then watch a video clip on the reasons for the Revolution. We use info cards and visual hexagons to examine the causes in more detail. We then look at the rise of the Bolsheviks and the pupils create a scroll through history to explain the events of the rise of Bolshevism. We look at a source featuring Lenin and finish on a “to what extent” question. I hope this proves useful and saves you some time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Henry VIII and his Six Wives: Interactive Role Play Lesson
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Henry VIII and his Six Wives: Interactive Role Play Lesson

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A Key Stage 3 one hour lesson, but can easily be stretched to a double or two singles. This is an alternative way of teaching this subject and the pupils just love it. The presentation includes the scripts, characters and sound effects for amusement. There is a variety of roles for pupils of different reading abilities and confidence. The pupils can fill in a worksheet as the play progresses. There is also a feedback summary activity for pupils to choose to answer an question on an aspect of the story. The lesson is a lot of fun and could even be done as a play or assembly. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Conflict & Tension 1894 - 1918: The End of The War
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Conflict & Tension 1894 - 1918: The End of The War

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AQA GCSE history lesson on the actions taken to end WWI. We start with a simple true or false retrieval practice quiz. We then have a recap of the Hundred Days Offensive with some questions. We then use a thermometer analysis to look at increasing problems for Germany and the pupils explain why they have given the ratings that they have and explain what the most serious issues for Germany were. We then look at the events of the signing of the armistice and the pupils look at the terms of the agreement. They record how the German public would react to the terms of the armistice and explain why. We then compare two sources from General Hindenburg and the pupils look for and explain differences. We then finish the lesson with a video clip and a task to see to what extent the terms of the armistice were too harsh on Germany. This could be done as a simple show of hands or a full written task. Hope you find this useful and it saves you some planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Conflict & Tension 1894 - 1918: The Hundred Days
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Conflict & Tension 1894 - 1918: The Hundred Days

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AQA GCSE history lesson on the Hundred Days Offensive and the ending battles of WWI. We start with a simple ‘if this is the answer, what is the question?’ retrieval practice quiz. We then have a brief recap of the events of the failed Ludendorff Offensive and Germany’s precarious position. We then look at Foch’s plan for the offensive in a video clip and the pupils think about Germany’s preparedness for the offensive. We then follow events in a series of event slides. The pupils read the information on the board and record the German army’s level of control at that point on the Western Front. This could be done as a round the room or carousel activity. The pupils reflect on what the critical events were. We then use a source comparison question as consolidation and finish with the pupils writing a bio-poem to General Ludendorff. Hope you find this useful and it saves you some planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Conflict & Tension 1894 - 1918: The Ludendorff Offensive
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Conflict & Tension 1894 - 1918: The Ludendorff Offensive

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AQA GCSE history lesson on the reasons for the offensive, the events of the offensive and its ultimate failure. We start with a simple multiple choice retrieval practice quiz. We then have a brief recap of the situation for all sides at the beginning of 1918 and the reasons why Ludendorff felt a major offensive was the only option. After a brief look at Ludendorff’s backstory we watch a video clip whilst the pupils answer questions on the plan itself. We then look step by step at the events of the offensive and the pupils summarise and answer questions. We then record Ludendorff’s reaction as the news of problems with the offensive reaches him. The pupils need to justify why he would react in that manner. We then look at the reasons for the failure of the offensive by using a source and complete some exam practice using a 16 mark ‘to what extent do you agree’ question with guidance. Hope you find this useful and it saves you some planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Conflict & Tension 1894 - 1918: U-Boats and America enters the War
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Conflict & Tension 1894 - 1918: U-Boats and America enters the War

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AQA GCSE history lesson on the war at sea, the Germans use of U-boats and unrestricted U-boat warfare and America’s decision to enter the war. For the Conflict & Tension 1894-1918 unit. We start with a simple retrieval practice quiz. We then look at the U-boat threat in detail, firstly by looking at the design and function of the U-boats and then by watching a video clip where the pupils answer questions about how they were used. The pupils then consider how the British responded to the threat and what innovations were adopted. We then progress to look at the sinking of the Lusitania and the pupils complete a tensionometer to record the rising tensions between the USA and Germany. We look at a source “Destroy this Mad Brute” and the pupils answer questions. There are two plenary options to assess the impact or potential impact of America entering the war. Hope you find this useful and it saves you some planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Conflict & Tension 1894 - 1918: The War at Sea, Naval Blockade & Jutland
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Conflict & Tension 1894 - 1918: The War at Sea, Naval Blockade & Jutland

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AQA GCSE history lesson on the war at sea, the naval blockade and the Battle of Jutland for the Conflict & Tension 1894-1918 unit. We start with a simple retrieval practice timeline quiz. We then have a recap on the naval arms race before looking at why a blockade was an effective tactic against Germany and the impact that the blockade had on Germany at home. Pupils explain each effect and try to explain how this would impact Germany. We then look at the early engagements in the Indian and Southern Atlantic Ocean before looking at the new German approach using ‘bait ships’. The pupils analyse the events of the Battle of Jutland using sources and an information strip and reach a reasoned conclusion as to who won the battle. Hope you find this useful and it saves you some planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer