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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.

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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.
Power & The People: Short Term Causes of The English Civil War
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Power & The People: Short Term Causes of The English Civil War

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AQA GCSE history lesson for The Power & The People thematic unit. In this lesson we look at the short term causes of the Civil War. We start with a retrieval practice quiz filled in for the P&TP Unit so far. We have a brief recap of the long term causes of the Civil War using picture prompts. We then look at the Long Parliament and the concessions made by Charles. We consider how happy Parliament would have been with each of the terms of the agreement using a reaction scale. We then consider the other potential causes in a thermometer analysis. The pupils rate and explain how much tension each action created, which they then explain why. We then look at the overall causes of the English Civil war, the pupils create a diagram of short/long-term and trigger events of the war using notes from this and previous lessons. The pupils finally complete an extentometer exercise to debate how much of a factor Charles’ attempted arrest of the five members was in triggering war. I hope that this saves you some valuable planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Power & The People: Why Did John Fall Out With His Barons?
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Power & The People: Why Did John Fall Out With His Barons?

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AQA GCSE history lesson for The Power & The People Thematic Unit. In this lesson we look at what King John had done to anger his barons. We start with a simple retrieval practice grid, already filled in for the Norman Conquest but editable. We look at what the expectations of John as a medieval king were, the pupils then make an explained list of the expectations of John. We then look at John’s actions, the pupils undertake a thermometer analysis to see which of John’s actions would have angered the barons the most. We then look at Matthew Paris’ painting of John and the pupils complete some questions around the painting and compare this to the painting of Henry II by the same artist. The pupils conclude by explaining which of John’s actions angered the barons the most and why in a post it exercise. I hope that this saves you some valuable planning 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
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
Christmas Activities: Religious Studies
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Christmas Activities: Religious Studies

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A Key Stage 3 lesson for Religious Studies on Christmas. This resource is perfect for Christmas Cover work or just a final lesson before the holidays. There is a variety of activities for the pupils to undertake all with a Christmas theme which may involve research, creativity and revision. The sheets are best printed off as A3 sheets, double sided, but if lessons are short (45-50 mins) you could just use one side of the sheet. When using both sides it is a good double lesson or two single periods. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
The Tudor Church: Was it Corrupt?
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The Tudor Church: Was it Corrupt?

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A Key Stage 3 History lesson on corruption in the Catholic Church as part of a Tudor’s SOW. The lesson includes: The pupils will explore the evidence for corruption in the Catholic Church from Thomas Cromwell’s investigation then finish with a writing task with a structured writing frame to guide them. Starter. Video interpretation. Source interpretation on Cromwell’s investigation. Writing task. Scrabble plenary. All resources are provided. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Retrieval Practice History Starter Template
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Retrieval Practice History Starter Template

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This is a retrieval practice template for history using old picture frames for use at the start of a lesson as a quick quiz recap or as a plenary quiz. Pictures could be colour-coded for difficulty, or just use it as you like… https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
GCSE Norman Conquest: Claimants to the Throne
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GCSE Norman Conquest: Claimants to the Throne

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GCSE Anglo Saxon and Norman England 1060-87 for the new specification 2016. This lesson looks at the four claimants to the throne. the pupils start with scenes from the Bayeux Tapestry which they then have to put in order. We then briefly look at the situation at the start of 1066 before considering the strengths and weaknesses of the four claimants. There is a brief video clip and the pupils then have time with a fact-file for each claimant. We finish the lesson by looking at an enquiry question “Who had the strongest claim the the throne”. The pupils have guidance on how to structure their answer. Hope this helps save you valuable planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Water Management: Global Water Supplies
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Water Management: Global Water Supplies

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AQA GCSE Geography lesson for Unit 2C Water Management. The lesson is approximately one hour long, but can be extended. We start the lesson with a quick quiz to test the pupils knowledge around global water supplies and issues. We then complete an activity looking at water surplus and deficit patterns around the world. The pupils will be creating their own map and then answering questions around the patterns. We then look at why consumption is increasing with the pupils writing their own extended sentences to explain these factors. We then look at what factors affect water availability. The pupils will be completing a worksheet which helps them to explain how the factor affects water availability. We then use the worksheet to answer a GCSE-style question with guidance on how to answer this should the pupils need it. At a glance the lesson includes Quiz starter on global water supplies Map activity and questions arising from the patterns of deficit and surplus. Writing activity on why consumption is increasing Worksheet activity on factors affecting availability. Practice question with guidance. Hope this saves you valuable planing time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Water Management: Sustainable Water Supplies
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Water Management: Sustainable Water Supplies

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GCSE Geography lesson for AQA specification. Unit 2C Water Management. in this lesson we start by looking at an advert aimed at conserving water in the household. The pupils need to work out what the adverts message is. The second clip shows the adverts true purpose. We then look at what sustainable supplies mean before completing a factor hexagon task on water conservation. We then go on to domestic water supplies and how we can save water at home. the pupils sketch a house in 2 mins, before being given the success criteria afterwards as an example of why checking mark schemes for question types is a good idea. We then annotate around the outside ways we can conserve water at home. The pupils then complete an activity involving an extract which they use to answer questions. We finish with a GCSE-style question with some guidance on how to answer it. In a nutshell the lesson includes: Video advert starter Factor hexagon task on water conservation Domestic water use task Extract task with questions on methods of water conservation GCSE-style question with guidance if the pupils need this. hope this helps save you some valuable planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Power & The People: The Causes of the General Strike, 1926
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Power & The People: The Causes of the General Strike, 1926

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AQA GCSE history lesson for The Power & The People thematic unit. In this lesson we look at the causes of the General Strike in 1926. We start with a retrieval practice grid which has been filled in for the unit so far. We then briefly look at conditions in the mines in the 1920’s and how the mines were privatised after WWI. We then look at the causes of the strike. The pupils complete a strikeometer, a visual scale to show to what extent that cause the miners. We then look at a picture caricature of a mine owner published in a union publication and the pupils answer some questions on the source. We then have a time question and answer session on the lesson content so far and finish with a ‘placard plenary’ where the pupils need to think of the likely slogans the strikers would have placed in their placards. I hope that this saves you some valuable planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Power & The People: King John and The Barons War
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Power & The People: King John and The Barons War

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AQA GCSE history lesson for The Power & The People Thematic Unit. In this lesson we look at what happened after King John had signed the Magna Carta in 1215. We start with a quiz ‘Magna Carta or Not?’. The pupils have to spot the genuine clauses of the Magna Carta and which ones are fake. We begin by looking at John’s siege or Rochester Castle, why he chose to assault it and what happened during the siege. The pupils complete several activities including a labeled diagram of the castle defences and a timeline of events. We then look at John’s movements and the actions of the rebels afterwards by creating a ‘control graph’ to show how much control John had over England at various points. We finish by asking the question ‘To what extent was the Magna Carta a success at limiting t he power of the king?’. The pupils complete this as a visual scale in their books with explanation. I hope that this saves you some valuable planning time. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Sailboat Analysis Version 2
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Sailboat Analysis Version 2

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Sailboat analysis but with potential future problems (rocks) and helpful factors (fair winds). Hope it proves useful. https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer
Forces Analysis
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Forces Analysis

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An editable template to use when looking at the forces for and against a change from occurring. The driving and restraining forces can be scored to allow pupils to predict what the outcome might be. 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
GCSE Geography Xmas Colouring: Rivers
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GCSE Geography Xmas Colouring: Rivers

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GCSE christmas activity sheet on rivers. The pupils inform Santa all about the wonderful river features he flies over using their geographical knowledge. It also includes colouring activities so is perfect for a more relaxed final lesson of the term, yet still includes real geography! Needs to be printed or photocopied as A3 for best results! https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/shop/markthegeographer