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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 also have experience teaching Geography up to GCSE. 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 also have experience teaching Geography up to GCSE. 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
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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.
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.
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 Mesopotamia
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Ancient Mesopotamia

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Lessons introducing year 7s to the subject of History, through investigating primary resources from ancient Mesopotamia. The aim of the topic is to ignite pupils’ interest in History, share with them information about a unique and significant civilisation, introduce them to the use of sources and how to write essays, and help them understand the use of and limits to archaeology. The resources include power point and handouts, as well as example paragraphs if you wish to also use the essay question given.
Stalin and the Cult of Personality
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Stalin and the Cult of Personality

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Lesson and resources looking at the use of censorship, propaganda and the development of the cult of personality in Stalin’s Russia. Good for in-depth, GCSE studies. Originally organised as a group task but can also work as individual or homework task.
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.
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
Harriet Tubman
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Harriet Tubman

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For Black History Month: a case study on Harriet Tubman, taken from a lesson about life as a slave. An information sheet is provided, as well as power point slides with a short video and a series of questions on Tubman. Could be a useful addition to a lesson about African-American individuals, American slavery or the Underground Railroad.
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.
Ancient Mesopotamia
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Ancient Mesopotamia

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4 lessons on ancient Mesopotamia covering the 4 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
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.
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.
Victories, Patriotism & Discrimination: Diversity in WW1
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Victories, Patriotism & Discrimination: Diversity in WW1

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Information and activities on how World War One was a truly global war, focusing on the fighting in Africa and the African Americans who joined the conflict. The aim of these activities is to develop knowledge on World War One, disperse misconceptions about the conflict and help remember those who fought in the war. Activities include creative projects, interactive tasks, writing paragraphs and completing quizzes, which can be incorporated into lessons or form a whole lesson. Most of these activities can be completed at home, in case pupils/year groups need to isolate. Topics covered include why World War One is seen as a global war, the victories of the Harlem Hellfighters, fighting in East Africa and how non-whites were treated after the war. All resources, including videos, are included.
Mesopotamia & the Sumerians
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Mesopotamia & the Sumerians

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A series of 3 lessons introducing students to Mesopotamia and the first civilisation (Sumerians). Activities include looking at the geography of the Middle East, the language used, who lived in Mesopotamia and the different roles they had in society. The third lesson focuses on the significance of early Mesopotamia and examines how we calculate the significance of a historical era/event.
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.
Women, Children & Workers in Nazi Germany
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Women, Children & Workers in Nazi Germany

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3 lessons looking at the policies and treatment of women, children and workers in Nazi Germany, in particular the years leading up to the Second World War. Activities include discussion of how these policies were an attempt to make a stronger Germany, and how successful these policies were, as well as women and children who fought back against the Nazis. All resources needed are included.
Ancient Mythologies
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Ancient Mythologies

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A special lesson examining the similiarities and differences between mythologies from 4 ancient civilisations: Rome, Egypt, Mesopotamia and Greece. The lesson begins with a discussion on what types of stories are myths and the definition of mythology. The main task of the lesson is pair work comparing two of the above mythologies (pupils are given a mythology to study, allowing some differentiation for myths you think are more/less challenging to study). The lesson ends with some plenary questions and a discussion as to why it is important to study ancient mythology. All resources needed are included.
Ancient Egypt
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Ancient Egypt

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4 lessons on Ancient Egypt, covering each of the 3 kingdoms and Ptolemaic Egypt and focusing on religion, hieroglyphs and famous Pharaohs. Each power point contains general information, links to articles and/or videos, various activities that are quick but fun, and the occasional creative challenge. I have also included a power point which covers artifacts from Tutankahmun’s tomb. (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 Egypt: Hieroglyphics and Pyramids Ancient Egypt: Overview
Mesopotamia: Cuneiform
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Mesopotamia: Cuneiform

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An information booklet all about the earliest writing in the world: cuneiform. The booklet includes information on how cuneiform works, how it developed over time, how it was translated, what it was used for and mathematics. There is also discussion on how cuneiform impacts our lives today and why it is important to learn about the past. The power point is a series of suggested activities to go alongside the booklet, including questions, working out mathematical equations, significance tournament and a linking game.