Medieval Homeworks and Savers

Medieval Homeworks and Savers

Well produced and thoughtful homework tasks; each independent and unique in style. There are a wide range of tasks, all based on the study of Medieval England: the Norman Invasion; dealing with life; dealing with death and the power of the church. Use them with KS3 as individual cover lessons or as a longer term homework booklet. Can be used as part of a wider study or simply as life savers!
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Investigating the Atlantic Slave Trade through sources

Investigating the Atlantic Slave Trade through sources

Use this set of resources to investigate different parts of the Atlantic Slave Trade. The source investigations allow pupils to develop skills of enquiry and there is a whole class investigation into reliability. Recognise slave resistance as a common and frequent event in slave struggles against subjugation.
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Richard III source investigation

Richard III source investigation

Investigate the reputation of Richard III through primary and secondary sources to form independent conclusions. A clearly set out presentation with questions and tasks to encourage historical thinking and looking at the job of the historian. Aimed at KS3 and part of a wider medieval study, it has differentiated tasks to encourage written explanations of thinking. Use as a group task to encourage discussion and reporting facts. Could extend into a look at portraiture and the symbolism involved in Tudor portraits.
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KS2 greater depth writing - change in formality - fiction

KS2 greater depth writing - change in formality - fiction

Three examples for Year 6 teachers to help achieve the requirement to change levels of formality within a piece of writing. These are examples and ideas about writing fiction texts and narratives and should be used as you see fit within your classroom. Use them to analyse how these texts can be constructed and then get pupils to create their own versions. The accompanying presentation contains slides of the sorts of level of vocabulary needed at greater depth writing and refer specifically to the saga.
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Crime & Punishment- the lawlessness of the Border Reivers

Crime & Punishment- the lawlessness of the Border Reivers

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.
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Passive resistance: thinking activities

Passive resistance: thinking activities

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.
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Twelve Days of Christmas crossword

Twelve Days of Christmas crossword

Three crosswords (straight/cryptic/easy) all based on the traditional carol. There is an additional cryptic on Christmas songs.The link between the clues mean that they can be solved once you have worked out the theme. The cryptic is harder and requires knowledge of anagrams (all of which are indicated by a word that suggests something is mixed up). Try with KS3 and kids needing a bit of a challenge. Good luck!
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Black Death Crosswords

Black Death Crosswords

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.
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Investigating the Stone Age: Happisburgh People

Investigating the Stone Age: Happisburgh People

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.
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Passive Resistance To Slavery

Passive Resistance To Slavery

Learn about slave methods of resisting their enslavement through information and pictures. The aim is to show how the Atlantic Slave Trade was not just accepted by the enslaved but it was common to resist. There is even a suggestion that the original picture gives a misleading impression. Use with KS3 in their study of The Atlantic Slave Trade and study of Black History. Use drama to re-enact the dynamic between owner and slave at the beginning them see if this changes at the end. Would be good used alongside a study of life on a slave plantation or as a contrast to active slave rebellions. Would also lead well into a further study of slave sources about the number of punishments given on plantations and so the effectiveness of the use of slaves itself.
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The Middle Passage Picture Reliability Investigation

The Middle Passage Picture Reliability Investigation

A 'Walk Through History' practical investigation into the reliability of the Sections of a Slave ship source. Question your pupils with this re-enactment of the picture itself, and the information it gives. The activity is to start KS3 pupils thinking about the information they are given , and the difficulties in finding the 'truth'. Re-enact the source first then use the accompanying worksheets as a follow on task about recording findings and analysing the source, with differentiated sheets and questions. Use as an introduction into source work and particularly the Middle Passage.
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Richard III source investigation

Richard III source investigation

Investigate the reputation of Richard III through primary and secondary sources to form independent conclusions. A clearly set out presentation with questions and tasks to encourage historical thinking and looking at the job of the historian. Aimed at KS3 and part of a wider medieval study, it has differentiated tasks to encourage written explanations of thinking. Use as a group task to encourage discussion and reporting facts. Could extend into a look at portraiture and the symbolism involved in Tudor portraits.
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The Viking Creation Story

The Viking Creation Story

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.
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Investigating the Atlantic Slave Trade through sources

Investigating the Atlantic Slave Trade through sources

Use this set of resources to investigate different parts of the Atlantic Slave Trade. The source investigations allow pupils to develop skills of enquiry and there is a whole class investigation into reliability. Recognise slave resistance as a common and frequent event in slave struggles against subjugation.
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Edmund Campion  - Catholic martyr

Edmund Campion - Catholic martyr

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.
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Slave Resistance Source Activities

Slave Resistance Source Activities

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.
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Complete Medieval Teaching

Complete Medieval Teaching

Teach medieval life and thinking through looking at four medieval kings and four medieval experiences. A full set of integrated planning, presentations, investigations, learning mats, mini tests and quizzes.
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The Slave Trade Source Activities

The Slave Trade Source Activities

Comprehensive set of source work activities for pupils to test their skills with sources using written pieces and pictures. Covering the areas of the middle passage, the scramble and the plantations, these activities could be used as home work tasks or alongside more teacher-led activities to introduce/test skills work. The questions are aimed at higher level KS3 and could also be included in KS4 source analysis practice. Pupils will be required to read/observe information carefully and answer questions about impressions and reliability. Will fit into any study involving the Transatlantic Slave Trade.
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Quick Medieval Tests

Quick Medieval Tests

Use these tests to check your KS3 pupil's understanding of their Medieval learning. Tests are based on different subjects including; Norman Invasion, Henry II, Doom Pictures and Richard III. Each test is closely linked to my Medieval Kings planning. Use in History books to show how learning has been completed and to show levels of competence. Questions range from factual recall to evaluative responses. Tests include answers.
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Medieval England-  guided work mats

Medieval England- guided work mats

Guide your students through five areas of learning involved with Medieval England with these guided steps. Follow the steps on the mats to come to a historical conclusion which can then be self evaluated. Each 'mat' can be photocopied and stuck into books at the beginning of the area of study to demonstrate to observers where your learning is going and allow students to know exactly where they are on their 'learning journey'. When the area of study is complete, add a self evaluation to demonstrate completion. Topics covered are The Normand Invasion, Henry II and Becket, Doom Paintings, The Black Death and Richard III. Use with KS3 and their Medieval studies; these work mats are closely linked to the areas covered in my Medieval Kings planning.
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Medieval Kings - medium term planning

Medieval Kings - medium term planning

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.
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The Aztecs - learning mats and tests

The Aztecs - learning mats and tests

These learning mats help guide pupils through the areas of study involved in the Aztecs and the study of Non-European civilizations. The give a clear pathway to learning and can be stuck into books to demonstrate where pupils learning is heading. Also included are the quick learning tests linked with the learning mats that can be used as quick assessments when learning is complete. These guides will help you structure and complete a KS2 study of the Aztecs.
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Investigating the death of Thomas Becket

Investigating the death of Thomas Becket

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.
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9th century Baghdad - city structure, learning and comparison to London

9th century Baghdad - city structure, learning and comparison to London

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.
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