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I love history, teaching and creating lessons, particularly on challenging misconceptions and covering global topics. I have a PGCE in History but during my teacher career have also taught Geography up to KS5. Outside of teaching, my passion is the Ancient Near East, which I studied at University. My Tes lessons therefore cover a range of topics: from ancient Mesopotamia, to medieval women, to the water cycle.

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I love history, teaching and creating lessons, particularly on challenging misconceptions and covering global topics. I have a PGCE in History but during my teacher career have also taught Geography up to KS5. Outside of teaching, my passion is the Ancient Near East, which I studied at University. My Tes lessons therefore cover a range of topics: from ancient Mesopotamia, to medieval women, to the water cycle.
Africa Before Slavery: The Mali Empire
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Africa Before Slavery: The Mali Empire

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To help erase misconceptions about Africa and its vast history, these 3 lessons on the Mali empire focus on its development, successes and failures, as well as the wealthiest man who ever lived: Mansa Musa. These lessons not only help students expand their knowledge on Medieval Africa and the Islamic world, but to challenge common misconceptions about Africa itself. All resources needed for these 3 lessons are included.
Rebel Queens: Matilda, Eleanor & Isabella
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Rebel Queens: Matilda, Eleanor & Isabella

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Four lessons about three infamous queens in the Middle Ages who fought against husbands and kings, demonstrating the determination and intelligence of women during times of oppression. The first lesson focuses on the general role of women in the Middle Ages and the life of Matilda. The second and third lessons focus on Eleanor and Isabella, and the fourth lesson examines the similarities and differences between all three queens. All the lessons have different, creative activities as well as opportunities for students to discuss and form their own arguments about the roles played by these queens. The final lesson ends with an opportunity to rethink how we should view women of the Middle Ages. All resources needed are included.
Book of the Dead Card Game
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Book of the Dead Card Game

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An educational, fast and fun card game to help educate students about the Egyptian Book of the Dead. All cards are based on the real gods, monsters, spells and events found in the Book of the Dead scriptures. All images on the cards are contemporary images, and most from the Book of the Dead scriptures. The aim of the game is to collect 5 chapter cards - key events in the deceased’s journey through the netherworld - before the other players. The various gods, monsters and spells can help and hinder this aim. All cards and instructions are included, including a document containing smaller cards, to save on printing. All you need to do is print out the cards and instructions, mark the cards that are lightning cards (see instructions) and then hand the cards out to pupils (ideally 2-5 in a group) to play! If needed, you are welcome to edit the cards or instructions to make it more suitable to your pupils etc.
Africa Before Slavery
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Africa Before Slavery

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A collection of lessons on Africa’s history, without a primary focus on trans-Atlantic slavery. Kingdoms and countries covered include Egypt, Mali, Aksum, Ife and the Congos. The lessons provide an opportunity for students to learn about the variety of different African cultures and societies that existed, dispersing any misconceptions they might have about Africa’s people and past.
Bog Bodies and Ice Mummies
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Bog Bodies and Ice Mummies

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Three lessons exploring two bog bodies and an ice mummy, focusing on what we can learn about the past from these unique preservations. The first lesson focuses on the comparison of two bog bodies, the second examines an ice mummy, and the final lesson allows pupils to evaluate evidence to work out why the Tollund Man was killed. All resources needed are included, including a bonus quiz and bibliography.
Medieval Women who Changed the World
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Medieval Women who Changed the World

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A display (but can also be used as a resource) showing the many achievements of individual Medieval women. I have aimed to include women from around the world, for example from South America, Asia and the Middle East. I have also included women who are not well known, such as looking at Jeanne, who became a pirate during the Hundred Years War, rather than the more popular Joan of Arc. Each power point slide has images, dates, maps, a general biography and trivia on each individual. The aim of this resource is to increase knowledge of the Medieval world and erase misconceptions of the role of women in history. The women included are: Khawla bint al-Azwar Wu Zetian Al-Khayzuran bint Atta Fatima Al-Fihri Aethelflaed Subh of Cordoba Murasaki Shikibu Hrotsvitha of Gandersheim Emma of Normandy Wallada bint al-mustakfi Hildegard von Bingen Moremi Ajasoro Margaret of Jerusalem Tomoe Gozen Khutulun Jeanne de Clisson Margaret I of Denmark Christine de Pisan Margaret Paston La Malinche
The Holocaust: 6 Completed Lessons with all Resources
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The Holocaust: 6 Completed Lessons with all Resources

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Inspired by a visit to Auschwitz and a training day with UCL, this bank of resources covers 6 lessons on the Holocaust, looking at the causes, events and aftermath. There is also a bonus lesson looking at the perpetrators, bystanders and resisters of the Holocaust. This TES download includes: All resources needed for the lessons A detailed lesson plan going through the main tasks of each lesson, the resources used for it and suggested changes. Teaching notes A couple of extra resources that could be used for cover lessons, for example a questionnaire on the Ghettos Power point and resources for bonus lesson
Ancient Rome
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Ancient Rome

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4 lessons on ancient Rome covering the kingdom, republic, emperors and its eventual fall Each power point contains general information, links to articles and/or videos, various activities that are quick but fun, and the occasional creative challenge. (Please note you will need Microsoft Power Point for some of the activities to work). These lessons are suitable for all ages and were created specifically for lock down: providing extra information and activities for children at home to help keep them busy and expand their learning. These lessons were not made to fit into a specific curriculum, but could be adapted for normal lessons. Accompanying kahoot: The Rise and Fall of the Roman Republic by Nicola.Apps
Geography Quiz: Disney Themed
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Geography Quiz: Disney Themed

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I made a quiz for my classes based on the geography of Disney, and it went down really well! So I thought I would share it. There are a couple of bonus questions that can be interchanged with others, for older classes
Countries of Africa Quiz
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Countries of Africa Quiz

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A 15-question quiz put together to help challenge and expand students’ knowledge of Africa. Answers and a ‘hard’ version of quiz are included.
Africa: Climate and Biomes
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Africa: Climate and Biomes

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A series of 6 lessons on different biomes and climates across Africa, mainly focusing on deserts, rainforests and the savannah. Activities in these lessons include practice using climate graphs, examining how animals and plants have adapted, and comparing the different biomes. All resources needed for these lessons are included.
Ancient Greece
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Ancient Greece

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4 lessons on Ancient Greece, examining the people, places and key events in Athens, Sparta, Troy and Macedonia. It covers philosophers, myths and Alexander the Great. Each power point contains general information, links to articles and/or videos, various activities that are quick but fun, and the occasional creative challenge. (Please note you will need Microsoft Power Point for some of the activities to work). These lessons are suitable for all ages and were created specifically for lock down: providing extra information and activities for children at home to help keep them busy and expand their learning. These lessons were not made to fit into a specific curriculum, but could be adapted for normal lessons. Accompanying kahoots: Ancient Greece: Athens and Sparta Ancient Greece: True or False
Changing Places: Rebranding
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Changing Places: Rebranding

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A series of lessons based on the AQA Geography A Level module of changing places. These lessons examine the why and how of places being rebranded, giving a range of examples on both small and large scales. Exam practice and homework involving research into rebranding are included. Links for some of the resources are on the power point, but for a few of the activities a copy of the AQA Human Geography (AS and A Level) textbook is needed.
UK Coasts Revision
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UK Coasts Revision

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Initially created as a catch up booklet for those who had missed a large proportion of the UK Coasts GCSE module. The booklet includes general information, diagrams, revision activities and links to learn more. Main resource: BBC Bitesize.
The Aztecs: Empires, Religion and War
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The Aztecs: Empires, Religion and War

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A series of lessons examining the Aztec empire. The first lesson begins with the origins of the Aztecs, the second lesson focuses on religion, and the third examines the fall of the Aztecs. There are a range of activities, including group tasks, videos and arguments of significance. There is also an optional task to replace the creative activity, and extension tasks.
Ancient Mesopotamia
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Ancient Mesopotamia

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4 lessons on ancient Mesopotamia covering the four main civilisations: Sumer, Akkad, Babylon and Assyria. Each power point contains general information, links to articles and/or videos, various activities that are quick but fun, and the occasional creative challenge. (Please note you will need Microsoft Power Point for some of the activities to work). These lessons are suitable for all ages and were created specifically for lock down: providing extra information and activities for children at home to help keep them busy and expand their learning. These lessons were not made to fit into a specific curriculum, but could be adapted for normal lessons. Accompanying kahoots: Mesopotamia: The Cradle of Civilisation by Nicola.Apps Summary: Ancient Mesopotamia by Nicola.Apps
Changing Places: Regeneration
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Changing Places: Regeneration

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A series of lessons based on the AQA Geography A Level module of changing places. These lessons examine regeneration in different ways, including the rise and fall of Detroit, the regeneration of different cities for the Olympics (Beijing, Rio and London) and small-scale regeneration of a Kent town. Exam practice and homework involving conducting surveys are included. Links for some of the resources are on the power point, but for a few of the activities a copy of the AQA Human Geography (AS and A Level) textbook is needed.
The Congos: Wealth, Poverty, Freedom and War
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The Congos: Wealth, Poverty, Freedom and War

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4 lessons (or 3 lessons and a homework piece) looking at the history and geography of the Congos, primarily the Democratic Republic of Congo. Topics include: society in the Kingdom of Kongo before Europeans arrived, the influence of Europeans, the rise of the slave trade, its impact on the Congo and finally the forced labour, conflicts and politics of 20th century Congo. All resources are provided, including a booklet that has all the information needed to complete the lessons.
A Level Geography: Changing Places
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A Level Geography: Changing Places

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A series of resources to help with teaching the AQA A Level Geography topic: Changing Places. Main focus of the lessons are rebranding, regeneration and using data, with case studies including the Olympics, Dark Tourism and Whitechapel.
Abolitionists and their Fight to End Slavery
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Abolitionists and their Fight to End Slavery

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Specially made for Black History Month, these two lessons focus on 5 individuals who fought for the abolition of slavery, both in America and in Britain. A range of class activities allow pupils to be creative, discuss their views and develop their knowledge of abolitionists. These lessons also cover reasons why abolishing slavery was such a challenge and what might be done to end modern slavery. A piece of homework is also set at the end of the second lesson. As these lessons focus on the abolition of slavery, pupils should have at least some prior knowledge on the Atlantic slave trade and the abhorrent treatment slaves faced. I have also put a case study on Harriet Tubman on Tes for free, however it is not part of a complete lesson.