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I'm an experienced history teacher, educated at the University of Sussex, who has worked in two 'outstanding' inner city London schools. I am currently head of KS3 history at a large school in East London. I am particularly knowledgeable in both AQA spec B and Edexcel Spec B. I try to focus on lessons which are both knowledge and skills based and incorporate a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies; particularly independent learning.

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I'm an experienced history teacher, educated at the University of Sussex, who has worked in two 'outstanding' inner city London schools. I am currently head of KS3 history at a large school in East London. I am particularly knowledgeable in both AQA spec B and Edexcel Spec B. I try to focus on lessons which are both knowledge and skills based and incorporate a wide variety of teaching and learning strategies; particularly independent learning.
GCSE SOW on Elizabeth I

GCSE SOW on Elizabeth I

NB: These lessons have been planned to be taught alongside the Hodder Education Edexcel 9-1 Elizabeth I books and the Edexcel 9-1 books on Elizabeth I. This download contains 11 lessons on Elizabeth I. It has been designed to cover everything needed on the Edexcel 9-1 GCSE module on Elizabeth. The lessons have been designed in such a way that all the essentials are condensed down to ensure efficient learning. I have found this type of lesson planning particularly important with the vast amount of content in the new GCSE. Lessons include a range of activities and is differentiated throughout.
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10 lesson SOW on Civil Rights & Black Power for KS3

10 lesson SOW on Civil Rights & Black Power for KS3

This SOW begins at the end of the slave trade and looks at Civil Rights and Black Power achievements throughout the 20th Century. The SOW also includes a GCSE style assessment to conclude the unit. It is differentiated throughout and includes both knowledge and skills. It incorporates a variety of activities to enhance student engagement.
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Overview and Exam Timings of Edexcel History  GCSE 9-1

Overview and Exam Timings of Edexcel History GCSE 9-1

This overview focuses on the following modules: Paper 1 - Crime & Punishment & Whitechapel, Paper 2 - The Cold War & Elizabeth I, Paper 3 - The USA & Vietnam. Although it focuses on these modules, it is generic and could easily be modified for your own units. It shows the question stem for each type of question and the amount of time the students should be spending on each question.
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Edexcel GCSE History 9-1 - Crime & Punishment Revision & Exam Q Tips

Edexcel GCSE History 9-1 - Crime & Punishment Revision & Exam Q Tips

This is a practice exam paper for Edexcel History GCSE 9-1 to help students prepare for exam paper 2 on Crime & Punishment and Whitechapel. It has practice questions and tips on how to successfully answer each type of question. It also includes a revision guide which covers all the knowledge needed for this paper.
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US President Overview - Truman to Reagan

US President Overview - Truman to Reagan

I created this president overview to support my GCSE students in their Edexcel units on the Cold War, Civil Rights and the Vietnam War. The overview shows the key policies each president passed in relation to those events. The students have found it very helpful in their revision.
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Crime & Punishment Edexcel  GCSE  Exam Help Booklet

Crime & Punishment Edexcel GCSE Exam Help Booklet

This booklet was designed to support students in their preparation for paper one (Edexcel) on Crime and Punishment. The booklet contains specimen questions that students can practice, which are different from the specimen paper on the Edexcel website. It also contains detailed ideas on how students can successfully answer all of the questions on this paper. There is also a powerpoint slide containing the two sources they need for these specimen questions.
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Crime & Punishment Through Time - Edexcel: 18th C Smugglers, Highway Men & Poachers

Crime & Punishment Through Time - Edexcel: 18th C Smugglers, Highway Men & Poachers

This lesson starts with an overview of all the questions on the Edexcel (9-1) paper and goes over the timings they should use in their exams. It also gives an overview of the enquiry of Crime & Punishment 1700-1900 and looks at learning outcomes over the next few lessons. The main part of the powerpoint has detailed information and a range of activities on 18th Century Highway Men, Poachers and Smugglers. It has activities which encourage students to give evaluative answers and connect factors together. All the resources you will need to teach this double lesson are attached.
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Entire Scheme of Work on the Rwandan Genocide - Lessons and SOW included

Entire Scheme of Work on the Rwandan Genocide - Lessons and SOW included

This is a mini four lesson scheme of work the Rwandan Genocide. The first powerpoint containing lessons 1-2 focusses particularly on the UN eight stages of genocide and the impact of propaganda through an analysis of Radio Télévision Libre des Mille Collines, Kangura and the Hutu Ten Commandments. Lesson 3-4 considers the significance of the genocide by asking students to consider why the Rwandan Genocide was so personal. Students will look at news footage from 1994 and read a variety of survivor stories of both Tutsis and moderate Hutus.
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Edexcel (9-1) History. New Style Question Exam Practice . Superpower Relations & The Cold War, 41-91

Edexcel (9-1) History. New Style Question Exam Practice . Superpower Relations & The Cold War, 41-91

These three power points are designed to support students with answering all questions in part A of paper 2 (Edexcel - Options 26-27). Although they were designed with Option 26/27 in mind, they are the same question stems for all the options so could easily be adapted if you are doing a different module. The resoruces aim to support students in their knowledge, but primarily in their ability to successfully answer the questions. Mark schemes and structures are included. The powerpoint looks at: 1) Explain Two Consequences of.. (8 marks). 2) Write a Narrative Account.. (8 marks) 3) Explain Two of the Following.. (16 marks) The power points take the students through the new style question and explains the mark schemes to them in laymans' terms. It is useful, although not essential to have a copy of the Edexcel (9-1) Superpowers textbook.
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Market Place Game - Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, Comecon, Cominform, Dollar Imperialism

Market Place Game - Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan, Comecon, Cominform, Dollar Imperialism

This lesson is aimed at a GCSE class studying the Truman Doctrine, the Marshall Plan, Comecon , Cominform and Dollar imperialism. It is a market place game which will require you to have: sugar paper, and marker pens. I have included the text from the books that I used for this, but you might want to find your own information. It is a really fun lesson that I love teaching and the kids love doing. All of the instructions and resources you need for this lesson are included on the powerpoint. I did it over a double lesson. I taught it recently for an observation and it was graded outstanding because of its emphasis on independent learning. Students begin by analysing an American source showing Stalin choking on the Truman Doctrine. The students look at this through a square of inference. Students are then put into groups, each one looking at either: the Truman Doctrine, The Marshall Plan, Comecon, Cominform or the Soviet response. Groups of no more than 5 are ideal. Students are then asked to read the text on their topic and after that have 20 minutes to answer the questions on their topic that they have been given. They must do this by symbolising their answers using no more than ten words and as many words, numbers, symbols as they want. After the 20 mins is up, one student stays at their table and the others take their A3 worksheet and go shopping in the market place to find the answers to all their questions. One student stays and teaches those that come to their market place. At the end the students go back to their table and 'teach the teacher'. At the end you ask the students to revise their answers for a knowledge test at the beginning of the next lesson.
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AQA - 12 Mark Q Improvement Tool (Race Relations)

AQA - 12 Mark Q Improvement Tool (Race Relations)

Goes alongside AQA Spec' B Unit Two Textbook: This booklet introduces students to the three main subject areas in the AQA Race Relations unit. It guides students through the subject knowledge and encourages them to evaluate and link factors as they go through. It also includes writing scaffolds and templates for the 12 mark answers and is particularly useful for supporting C/D border students. I have used this with my own students in the last few months and have found this method has increased students' grades significantly on this type of question.
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Abyssinian and Manchurian Crisis: 10 Mark Prep (AQA Spec B)

Abyssinian and Manchurian Crisis: 10 Mark Prep (AQA Spec B)

All images sourced from Google images ‘labelled for reuse’ and licensed under Public Domain NB: You need AQA Spec B textbook to go alongside this lesson. It takes roughly 4-5 lessons to cover all the activities in the powerpoint. This lesson was developed to aid students' understanding of the Manchurian Crisis and the Abyssinian Crisis, as well as developing their 10 mark question skills (AQA Spec B paper one). I had found that many of my students really struggled with the details of both the Manchurian and Abyssinian Crises as such a range of new concepts are introduced. I developed this lesson as a response to that, and they have been achieving much higher grades on these topics since I have been teaching it this way. This lesson also includes a breakdown on answering ten mark questions.
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 How did Islam influence the world?

How did Islam influence the world?

All images sourced from Google images ‘labelled for reuse’ and licensed under Public Domain This is a lesson created for a year eight scheme of work, which is all about the expansion of Islam and how it influenced the Western World. This lessons helps students to understand concepts such as empire, expansion and influence. It enables students to understand and consider this through the comparison between the Islamic empire and the Roman empire.
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Did Louis XVI & Marie Antoinette Deserve to Die? (French Revolution - Monarchy)

Did Louis XVI & Marie Antoinette Deserve to Die? (French Revolution - Monarchy)

EQ: Did Marie Antoinette and Louis XVI deserve to die? This lesson begins by asking students to consider the way that Louis & Marie-Antoinette were portrayed in the 2006 film 'Marie-Antoinette'. It asks them to make inferences and question reliability. Students then go on to draw on previous knowledge about the causes of the French Revolution and will vote on the significance of each cause. For the main activity the students play the role of the jury who have to decide whether Marie-Antoinette and Louis XVI deserved to die. This lesson has a lot of focus on independent learning. Students will work their way through each exhibit in order to help them make their final conclusion as to whether the kind and queen were responsible for their own demise. This lesson includes a variety of AFL techniques and independent learning strategies.
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Entire Scheme of Work on the Industrial Revolution - Lessons and SOW included

Entire Scheme of Work on the Industrial Revolution - Lessons and SOW included

This is an entire scheme of work on the Industrial Revolution including the scheme of work word document. The enquiry for the SOW is 'How did the poor make Britain rich?' Students are taken through a variety of lessons entitled: 'who were the white slaves?, 'Did Oliver Twist really exist?' and 'What was black gold?'. Throughout these lessons students will look at contemporary sources and interpretations to allow them to reach an conclusion to the enquiry question. Students will consider, discuss and debate a range of moral issues as they go through this unit. Students undertake a wide range of independent learning strategies throughout this unit.
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How did Muhammad influence Islam?

How did Muhammad influence Islam?

All images sourced from Google images ‘labelled for reuse’ and licensed under Public Domain This lesson encourages students to think about the expansion of Islam, and uses a case study of the Prophet Muhammad's life, in order to help then understand why Islam expanded so quickly. The lesson introduces students to key events in Muhammad's life and encourages them to think of what the key turning point in Islam was.
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