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History resources centred around thinking. There are resources for active 'walking through history' lessons, source studies and historical investigations. There are quizzes and lots of images to help engage. Ever conscious of the need to produce book work too, there is plenty of scope for written or source explanations.

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History resources centred around thinking. There are resources for active 'walking through history' lessons, source studies and historical investigations. There are quizzes and lots of images to help engage. Ever conscious of the need to produce book work too, there is plenty of scope for written or source explanations.
Medieval Life Homeworks
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Medieval Life Homeworks

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A set of 4 independent homework tasks based on Medieval life including the feudal system, the village, houses and food. They can be used as single homework tasks or left as cover lessons as all information needed is included on the sheet. All 4 tasks are on one publisher document with a front cover so can be used as a booklet photocopied back to back. The individual tasks range from looking at contemporary source material to more creative responses to information. Use with KS3 in conjunction with learning about Medieval history.
Medieval History Homeworks - Bayeux Tapesty and Doom Paintings
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Medieval History Homeworks - Bayeux Tapesty and Doom Paintings

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Two freestanding homework activities that could be sent home independently or used as an extension to class activities. They are based on The Bayeux Tapestry and Medieval Doom Paintings and both pieces include information and a close look at medieval sources; particularly careful observation and looking at what picture sources can tell us. They can also be used as a possible way to get pupils to do their own research and are a good start to KS3 critical thinking.
Crime & Punishment- the lawlessness of the Border Reivers
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Crime & Punishment- the lawlessness of the Border Reivers

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A presentation that gives information about the border regions and makes suggestions about why the Border Reivers didn't have normal rules of crime and punishment. Use as an comparison to Tudor and medieval methods of crime and punishment in KS4 and would provide an excellent introduction to an in-depth case study on the subject. It could also be used with KS2 as an example of lawlessness and compare Reiver details with other societies. Three differentiated tasks give pupils the chance to offer explanations. Objectives encourage using evidence to explain opinions. This is also a good start to begin a local study in more detail.
Investigating the death of Thomas Becket
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Investigating the death of Thomas Becket

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Investigate the trouble between Thomas Becket and Henry II through evidence in the form of witness statements into the death. Groups can look at the possible statements given by individuals about the rift. Each one gives clues, but when all clues are put together they create a full picture. Use alongside other text book information to fill in extra details or answer questions posed by the activity. There is lots of scope for drama activities or even a court scene scenario. Included are 3 differentiated tasks at the end which ask pupils to create and justify their opinion. The activity encourages pupils to investigate information and for independent conclusions.
9th century Baghdad - city structure, learning and comparison to London
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9th century Baghdad - city structure, learning and comparison to London

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Learn about 9th Century Baghdad with three presentations; two about the organised city structure and the Science and Learning going on in the city at the time. A third presentation offers a comparison to Baghdad through a look at information about London at the same time. Use as a group activity to look at what you can learn from information and for identifying differences between the two cities. Ideal historical activity for a non-European study and to increase understanding outside Europe. The differentiated tasks at the end aim to allow pupils to record findings with increasing attention to detail and evidence. This is the part of the planning 'How Great Was The City Of Baghdad' and fits in with the learning tests.
Richard III source investigation
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Richard III source investigation

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A source investigation into the reputation of Richard III aimed at promoting historical enquiry and independent learning; try to decide whether Richard deserves the title of bad or evil. Aimed at KS3 there are secondary and primary sources here, each with extra research tasks. The aim is to encourage the pupils to be as independent as possible in their investigation and the resource includes a recording sheet and some suggestions of possible tasks and activities. The information works well with any investigation into Medieval England, the nature of kingship and the Wars of the Roses.
The Triangular Trade: worksheet
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The Triangular Trade: worksheet

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Use these differentiated sheets to record what the Triangular Trade was and what was taken as cargo at each stage. The task is to independently research the trade to find the answers. Each sheet also contains an extra research task to deepen knowledge. Use with KS3 as part of their study with The Atlantic Slave Trade. Use as an introduction to the topic and allows follow through to further research into The Middle Passage.
Norman Invasion Homeworks
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Norman Invasion Homeworks

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A set of five homework tasks or stand alone lessons about William I's takeover of England. Tasks range from claimants to the throne to the Harrying of the North. There are a full range of question types; including looking and thinking about historical sources and a more artistic responses to written descriptions. Use as a full set of resources to add to classroom learning or are ideal for leaving as a cover lessons. Each lesson does lead on from the last but can be used independently. All lessons are on one publisher document with a front cover so can be used as homework booklets too. Use with Year 7 where the activities are fully linked to learning about how William I came to be King of England.
Black Death Crosswords
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Black Death Crosswords

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Test your pupils' knowledge of The Black Death with these differentiated vocabulary crosswords. A set of three crosswords; factual, easy and cryptic. The cryptic clues will require more thought and are all anagrams or concealed within other words. Use alongside your KS3 Medieval learning as possible starters, plenaries or fillers.
Edmund Campion  - Catholic martyr
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Edmund Campion - Catholic martyr

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An excellent way to start the study of the Reformation and its impact on England. This is a clear presentation of Campion's life and how he was a problem for Elizabeth; including training Catholics and holding recusant services. The three differentiated tasks should be used with KS3 to encourage note taking and recording findings. Campion's life throws up many questions about the era and is a superb way to encourage further study into the period.
Passive resistance: thinking activities
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Passive resistance: thinking activities

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Two activities that encourage historical and independent thinking about slave resistance - one for pupils to think from a slave perspective - the second to encourage the use of questions. The activity based on developing pupil questioning could also be used as a way to begin looking at sources and to demonstrate how a historian uses questions to help form conclusions. Further activities could include looking at a variety of differentiated sources on slave life on the plantations. Use within the KS3 study of the Atlantic slave trade as a method to start looking at slave resistance and rebellion in more depth. The accompanying worksheet could be used as a stand alone starter of scenarios to find a way to resist your slave task.
the abolition of slavery - card sort investigation
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the abolition of slavery - card sort investigation

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An investigative card sort designed to make your pupils think. Each card contains one possible abolitionist and should be used with KS3 at the end of your work on The Atlantic Slave Trade to help create an in-depth debate or essay about who was most responsible for abolition and why. The resource includes possible activities and contains the card about economics- raising the possibility that the trade was coming to an end anyway. There are many things to do here to help spark an investigative atmosphere in your class.
KS2 Viking Saga Reading Task
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KS2 Viking Saga Reading Task

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A KS2 SATs style reading task including text, questions and answers. The text has a cross curricular theme of Viking sagas and can be used as an example of further depth writing. The text can be a stand alone reading task or used as a writing task that can be extended by pupils. Use in KS2 as an example of the new reading paper question types or with any study of the Vikings and Viking sagas.
Changing Nature of Warfare essay
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Changing Nature of Warfare essay

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Three examples of essay responses for IGCSE style questions for the Changing Nature of Warfare. The essays cover questions on guerrilla warfare, air superiority and nuclear weapons. Each response covers the main themes of tactics, outcomes, technology and weaponry. Use with IGCSE students as examples of answers to question c.
Investigating the Stone Age: Happisburgh People
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Investigating the Stone Age: Happisburgh People

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Investigate stone age footprints as an example of early stone age people in Britain. There are two presentations with connected recording sheet. There is also a 'walk through history' activity to try and demonstrate the length of time the world and man has been around. Use with upper primary alongside studies into early human history. The accompanying recording sheet is linked to the investigation and can be copied side by side to form a complete A3 sheet for groups. It also includes differentiated conclusion writing activities. The objectives are aimed at beginning to learn about the stone age and trying to form your own conclusions like a historian would need to do. Use as a group activity to encourage discussion and questioning.
The Viking Creation Story
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The Viking Creation Story

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A colourful presentation full of information and pictures about the Norse creation story and What the Vikings believed about the giants and gods. Use with KS2 to add interesting facts about the Vikings and their beliefs or as a comparison to other Creation Stories throughout the world and time. The end of the presentation leads into a creative activity to allow pupils to make a practical representation or display of the myth including using bones, beard and brain. Pupils should get a good understanding of the Viking world and would be excellent used along side the Horrible History sketch of a similar theme. It also allows and introduction to further study about the 9 Viking Worlds.
KS2 trench life information
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KS2 trench life information

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A power point that provides information about WW1 trenches suitable for KS2 pupils. The resource includes a diagram to complete about a trench and could lead to pupils doing their own research or project.
Slave Resistance Source Activities
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Slave Resistance Source Activities

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Learn to answer questions on sources with these 4 source activities. Based on slave resistance these sources encourage pupils to look carefully and really understand what they are reading. The questions range from comprehension, issues of reliability and reading original 'runaways' adverts from papers. Use with KS3 pupils to enhance classroom learning during their studies of the Trans Atlantic Slave Trade, Citizenship and Black History projects.The sources are in one document and can be printed back to back to create a booklet.
19th Century Living Conditions
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19th Century Living Conditions

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Two differentiated source activities on 19th Century pictures with accompanying power point of information about overcrowding, cholera and poor housing during the Industrial Revolution. Included are short tasks to deepen understanding and the final differentiated tasks to lead to extra research. Use as a pack as a lead into a study of cholera/improving conditions for the poor or as an introduction to an in-depth look at local sources. Use with Year 8 as part as your Industrialisation study and a good start to source work analysis.
Medieval Kings - medium term planning
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Medieval Kings - medium term planning

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Full unit of work divided into the reigns of four Kings. The emphasis is upon the king's reactions to events and is an excellent start to a thematic study of the nature of kingship and a historical comparison between kings. Each section is independent and can be used a single element of study. Planning is fully linked to my other resources with objectives and possible activities. Use as planning for KS3 Medieval studies or as comparison activities to other eras and other rulers. The kings start with William and the Norman invasion and end with the short reign of Richard III. Outcomes should be a full understanding of different events in the medieval era, but if used in full are a start to historical comparisons and identification of themes across kings.