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Here will be listed a wide range of subject guides from aged 5 to adult. They are the product of years of teaching experience and are proven to help with understanding and improving grades. We have 100s of guides so if you're looking for something and can't find it- just ask! Bespoke guides on almost any subject and any level can be available on request.
History A/S and A level History Unit 1C The Tudors:  Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty (module 1)

History A/S and A level History Unit 1C The Tudors: Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty (module 1)

This is a guide for module 1 of Unit 1C: ‘The Tudors: England 1483-1603: Consolidation of the Tudor Dynasty: England 1485-1547. This should be read in conjunction with the other Unit 1C modules for A/S and A2 (available in the shop). It focuses on an overview comparing the monarchial system Henry VII ‘inherited’ with the one he wished to create. (This guide could also be used as background for Unit 2B.) Part 2 of this study is also available on here. Without this context it is difficult to ascertain exactly what Henry VII did to consolidate the monarchy, which is the whole point of this module. At A/S and A level you need to link events and policies if you want an A grade. Made for the AQA exam board but suitable for all exam boards that do this topic, it is useful for teachers, tutors, parents and pupils for a frame of reference for a topic that used to be seen by traditional historians as an 'easy', black and white period of history- how we know it was no such thing.
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11 PLUS entrance exams practice- MATHEMATICS part/paper 1

11 PLUS entrance exams practice- MATHEMATICS part/paper 1

This is the first part for the Mathematics component of the 11 plus examinations for grammar and selective entrance schools all across the UK. There are 60 possible types of exercise that can turn up on these entrance exams, these are the first quarter. These methods are unique to me and I spent some years with real pupils developing them to the highest possible standard. It is set out in the form of an exam paper that is six pages long and contains 60 questions, and is 16 pages long in total. The first six pages are the paper itself. The following topics are covered: Fractions, decimals and % (up to level 5 skills) Basic algebra Area of 3 and 4 sided shapes Pythagoras' Theorem Inverse operations Time (12 and 24 hour clock, as a fraction) Degrees Lowest common multiples Conversions (metric and time). Unlike many other papers that just provide answers and no help, it then has -a full page where you can note your scores on each skill, showing strengths and weaknesses in these areas. Full guides on how to do these skills, if not already, will soon be available in the shop. - NINE pages of full, colour coded and informal (but correct) explanations of every single question, with consistent and fast methods to help you get the answer right every time! For parents, tutors and pupils who'd like to try for grammar or other selective school, and can also be used for Year 7 preparation to ensure pupils are streamed into top middle and higher in Maths sets whether they go to grammar school or not. It can also be used for 11+ retakes at 12/13+.
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Spanish KS2, 3, GCSE and A level- How to CONJUGATE (make) verbs- full worksheet

Spanish KS2, 3, GCSE and A level- How to CONJUGATE (make) verbs- full worksheet

This is a four page guide on all the tenses (times in the past present or future) you will need to complete KS3 and almost all GSCE tasks to an A/A* standard. With informal layout and full explanations of what each tense is, and why, with examples, this is an essential guide to ensure you can write, read, hear correctly and speak good, full sentences in tasks. Suitable for revision, a lesson guide or familiarising yourself with Spanish grammar for pupils, teachers, tutors and home schoolers. For ages 11 and upwards and even for primary school students if they are advanced students.
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A Level English: Context- Biographical Social and Historical  in ‘The Great Gatsby'.

A Level English: Context- Biographical Social and Historical in ‘The Great Gatsby'.

Written for the AQA exam board but suitable for any course that includes this book, this is a guide on analysing the biographical, social and historical context in The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald. Without this essential background, it is difficult to obtain high marks on this novel. At A level you need to put into context everything you read and analyse. Eleven pages long, fully annotated with a further reading section and a revision quiz, this can be used for revision, lessons and to get to know the work by pupils teachers and tutors. One of a set of six (all available on this site) of guides that comprehensively cover all aspects of this novel from context and themes to symbolism and motifs.
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11+ survival guide part 6 CEM tests

11+ survival guide part 6 CEM tests

This is the sixth part for the verbal reasoning component of the 11 plus examinations for grammar and selective entrance schools all across the UK. There are 40-42 (including CEM format) possible types of exercise that can turn up on these entrance exams, these are the first quarter. These methods are unique to me and I spent some years with real pupils developing them to the highest possible standard. This part (6) for exercises that appear to crop up in the CEM format and there is some crossover between the CEM format and the NFer format some schools are still using. It contains: Type 38- match the word (also see part 4 of our survival guides) Types 10 and 10A and - matching synonyms and antonyms Types 41 and 41A- synonyms and antonyms, with missing letters Type 42- correcting words in paragraphs, with missing letters Type 12B- odd one out (see part 2 of our survival guides for Type 12A) Type 1A- rearranging sentences (see part 1 of our survival guides for Type 1) Type 18A and 18B- choosing the correct word to complete a sentence (A) or paragraph (B) Therefore, this is for schools that use the NFER Nelson, Nelson Bond or Bond style 11+ verbal reasoning component and CEM. All these sections are/will be available in the shop. The answers are included, with some explanations. For parents, tutors and pupils who'd like to try for grammar or other selective school, each page has a full and friendly explanation of what to do and what tricks and traps to avoid, with sample questions to try at the bottom of each page. Fourteen pages long and at a bargain price of £2 per section. ***Note that one or two typeos are always deliberately left in the NFer 11+ guides because they are notorious for having mistakes in their exams, one reason why many schools and LEAs are moving to CEM formats. Pupils need to know what it 'feels' like to find an error, to 'know' that examiners are fallible, how not to panic when they find an error as they will be awarded the mark anyway, and just to let the teacher/invigilator know. Parents/tutors: do have this explanation ready when your child/pupil attempts these tests. Errors are most common on maths and codes exercises. If you find an error in this please let me know and I will send you for free a corrected one, as the CEM papers tend not to have typeos like the NFer ones. All care is taken to try and avoid errors in these papers.***
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11 PLUS entrance exams practice- PART 1: VERBAL REASONING part 1 NFER/Bond

11 PLUS entrance exams practice- PART 1: VERBAL REASONING part 1 NFER/Bond

This is the first part for the verbal reasoning component of the 11 plus examinations for grammar and selective entrance schools all across the UK. There are 40 possible types of exercise that can turn up on these entrance exams, these are the first quarter. These methods are unique to me and I spent some years with real pupils developing them to the highest possible standard. This is for schools that use the NFER Nelson, Nelson Bond or Bond style 11+ verbal reasoning component ONLY. The CEM based 11+ verbal reasoning will be added/ is available in the shop as an extra document. Three more part of this section of the VR are available in the shop. The answers are included, with some explanations. For parents, tutors and pupils who'd like to try for grammar or other selective school, each page has a full and friendly explanation of what to do and what tricks and traps to avoid, with sample questions to try at the bottom of each page. Twelve pages long and at a bargain price of £2 per section. ***Note that one or two typeos are always deliberately left in the NFer 11+ guides because they are notorious for having mistakes in their exams, one reason why many schools and LEAs are moving to CEM formats. Pupils need to know what it 'feels' like to find an error, to 'know' that examiners are fallible, how not to panic when they find an error as they will be awarded the mark anyway, and just to let the teacher/invigilator know. Parents/tutors do have this explanation ready when your child/pupil attempts these tests. Errors are most common on maths and codes exercises.***
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11+ survival guide part 5: Verbal Reasoning

11+ survival guide part 5: Verbal Reasoning

This is the fifth part for the verbal reasoning component of the 11 plus examinations for grammar and selective entrance schools all across the UK. There are 40-42 (including CEM format) possible types of exercise that can turn up on these entrance exams, these are the first quarter. These methods are unique to me and I spent some years with real pupils developing them to the highest possible standard. This part (5) for exercises added to these tests from 2012 that has been created for exclusive online upload too. It includes- how to interpret timetables, maths problems, codes and letter patterns. For the CEM 11+ guides please see parts 6 and 7 of our survival guide. This section contains mathematical sequences and skills, short codes and vocabulary exercises. This is for schools that use the NFER Nelson, Nelson Bond or Bond style 11+ verbal reasoning component ONLY. All these sections are/will be available in the shop. The answers are included, with some explanations. For parents, tutors and pupils who'd like to try for grammar or other selective school, each page has a full and friendly explanation of what to do and what tricks and traps to avoid, with sample questions to try at the bottom of each page. Twelve pages long and at a bargain price of £2 per section. This is the edited version as a copy with two small errors, of a type that do not feature in the lost of NFer errors, was accidentally uploaded (see below for more on this.). Anyone who bought that copy can have this version for free if they message me. ***Note that one or two typeos are always deliberately left in the NFer 11+ guides because they are notorious for having mistakes in their exams, one reason why many schools and LEAs are moving to CEM formats. Pupils need to know what it 'feels' like to find an error, to 'know' that examiners are fallible, how not to panic when they find an error as they will be awarded the mark anyway, and just to let the teacher/invigilator know. Parents/tutors: do have this explanation ready when your child/pupil attempts these tests. Errors are most common on maths and codes exercises.***
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MATHS: KS2 to GCSE: Co-ordinates

MATHS: KS2 to GCSE: Co-ordinates

This is a free four page guide on how to read, draw and understand all four quadrants of a Cartesian graph suitable for revision, handouts and lesson plans for students and teachers from Key Stage 2 upwards. KS2- if the pupil is advanced or very maths-curious then this is the doc for them! This doc has been used successfully with pupils as young as 8! Of course the instructor can use it to get ALL the background for themselves then use this as inspiration to provide a simplified or abridged version for students that needs more help on this topic. KS3- originally created with pupils aged 11-14 in mind, we have since discovered it has far wider uses. GCSE- an essential introduction to this topic, for pupils that struggled with the concept when they were younger. Or a refresher for pupils that have not done it for a while and need to remind themselves of the basics. If you download it PLEASE leave a review as courtesy. Thank you.
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FREE summary on what can turn up on the 11+ exam

FREE summary on what can turn up on the 11+ exam

A brief but detailed summary on what skills would be needed to pass the 11+. It is three pages long and covers English, Maths, Verbal and Non Verbal Reasoning. Guides that are in-depth and cover ALL the tasks needed for all these skills, including exam papers exclusively produced for TES, will be/are available in the shop. Easy to read, and written in friendly language- for tutors, parents and students alike.
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English grammar KS2 and upwards- common grammar errors.

English grammar KS2 and upwards- common grammar errors.

FREE: Many pupils confuse your and you're; its and it's, who's and whose, where, we're, wear and were; they're, their and there and misuse apostrophes. Suitable for ages 7 and up, this free rough guide as a simple page by page explanation of how to use them, what they mean and some questions to try. Good for pupils and teachers. If you download it PLEASE leave a review as courtesy. Thank you.
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11 PLUS entrance exams practice- PART 3: VERBAL REASONING NFER/Nelson/Bond

11 PLUS entrance exams practice- PART 3: VERBAL REASONING NFER/Nelson/Bond

This is the third part for the verbal reasoning component of the 11 plus examinations for grammar and selective entrance schools all across the UK. There are 40 possible types of exercise that can turn up on these entrance exams, these are the first quarter. These methods are unique to me and I spent some years with real pupils developing them to the highest possible standard. There is an extra part (5) for exercises added to these tests from 2012 that has been created for exclusive online upload too. This section contains mathematical sequences, codes and algebraic and reasoning long questions. This is for schools that use the NFER Nelson, Nelson Bond or Bond style 11+ verbal reasoning component ONLY. The CEM based 11+ verbal reasoning will be added/ is available in the shop as an extra document. Three more part of this section of the VR are available in the shop. The answers are included, with some explanations. For parents, tutors and pupils who'd like to try for grammar or other selective school, each page has a full and friendly explanation of what to do and what tricks and traps to avoid, with sample questions to try at the bottom of each page. Twelve pages long and at a bargain price of £2 per section. ***Note that one or two typeos are always deliberately left in the NFer 11+ guides because they are notorious for having mistakes in their exams, one reason why many schools and LEAs are moving to CEM formats. Pupils need to know what it 'feels' like to find an error, to 'know' that examiners are fallible, how not to panic when they find an error as they will be awarded the mark anyway, and just to let the teacher/invigilator know. Parents/tutors do have this explanation ready when your child/pupil attempts these tests. Errors are most common on maths and codes exercises.***
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11 PLUS entrance exams practice- PART 4: VERBAL REASONING NFER/Nelson/Bond

11 PLUS entrance exams practice- PART 4: VERBAL REASONING NFER/Nelson/Bond

This is the fourth part for the verbal reasoning component of the 11 plus examinations for grammar and selective entrance schools all across the UK. There are 40-42 (including CEM format) possible types of exercise that can turn up on these entrance exams, these are the first quarter. These methods are unique to me and I spent some years with real pupils developing them to the highest possible standard. There is an extra part (5) for exercises added to these tests from 2012 that has been created for exclusive online upload too.s For the CEM 11+ guides please see parts 6 and 7 of our survival guide. This section contains mathematical sequences and skills, short codes and vocabulary exercises. This is for schools that use the NFER Nelson, Nelson Bond or Bond style 11+ verbal reasoning component ONLY. All these sections are/will be available in the shop. The answers are included, with some explanations. For parents, tutors and pupils who'd like to try for grammar or other selective school, each page has a full and friendly explanation of what to do and what tricks and traps to avoid, with sample questions to try at the bottom of each page. Eight pages long and at a bargain price of £2 per section. ***Note that one or two typeos are always deliberately left in the NFer 11+ guides because they are notorious for having mistakes in their exams, one reason why many schools and LEAs are moving to CEM formats. Pupils need to know what it 'feels' like to find an error, to 'know' that examiners are fallible, how not to panic when they find an error as they will be awarded the mark anyway, and just to let the teacher/invigilator know. Parents/tutors do have this explanation ready when your child/pupil attempts these tests. Errors are most common on maths and codes exercises.***
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11 PLUS entrance exams practice- PART 2: VERBAL REASONING  NFER/Nelson/Bond

11 PLUS entrance exams practice- PART 2: VERBAL REASONING NFER/Nelson/Bond

This is the second part for the verbal reasoning component of the 11 plus examinations for grammar and selective entrance schools all across the UK. There are 40 possible types of exercise that can turn up on these entrance exams, these are the first quarter. These methods are unique to me and I spent some years with real pupils developing them to the highest possible standard. There is an extra part (5) for exercises added to these tests from 2012 that has been created for exclusive online upload too. This is for schools that use the NFER Nelson, Nelson Bond or Bond style 11+ verbal reasoning component ONLY. The CEM based 11+ verbal reasoning will be added/ is available in the shop as an extra document. Three more part of this section of the VR are available in the shop. The answers are included, with some explanations. For parents, tutors and pupils who'd like to try for grammar or other selective school, each page has a full and friendly explanation of what to do and what tricks and traps to avoid, with sample questions to try at the bottom of each page. Eleven pages long and at a bargain price of £2 per section. ***Note that one or two typeos are always deliberately left in the NFer 11+ guides because they are notorious for having mistakes in their exams, one reason why many schools and LEAs are moving to CEM formats. Pupils need to know what it 'feels' like to find an error, to 'know' that examiners are fallible, how not to panic when they find an error as they will be awarded the mark anyway, and just to let the teacher/invigilator know. Parents/tutors do have this explanation ready when your child/pupil attempts these tests. Errors are most common on maths and codes exercises.***
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30% OFF! GCSE English poetry I Wanna Be Yours and Valentine HOW TO COMPARE/CONTRAST

30% OFF! GCSE English poetry I Wanna Be Yours and Valentine HOW TO COMPARE/CONTRAST

Suitable for any exam board that includes these poems, this is a SPECIAL OFFER guide on analysing the two poems 'I Wanna Be Yours' by John Cooper Clarke and Valentine by Carol Ann Duffy. 30% OFF USUAL PRICE! Fifteen pages long, fully annotated with a author context and line by line analysis, with a 'how to' compare and contrast, annotation table to fill in, and essay structure guide that can be used for all comparison and contrast essays, this can be used for revision, lessons and to get to know the works by pupils teachers and tutors. NOTE: This is a print-out document in full, and not able to copied into another document for both copyright/plagiarism and lesson content reasons; as it is a full lesson plan and document.
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11 PLUS entrance exams practice- MATHEMATICS part/paper 1

11 PLUS entrance exams practice- MATHEMATICS part/paper 1

This is the first part for the Mathematics component of the 11 plus examinations for grammar and selective entrance schools all across the UK. There are 60 possible types of exercise that can turn up on these entrance exams, these are the first quarter. These methods are unique to me and I spent some years with real pupils developing them to the highest possible standard. It is set out in the form of an exam paper that is six pages long and contains 60 questions, and is 16 pages long in total. The first six pages are the paper itself. The following topics are covered: Fractions, decimals and % (up to level 5 skills) Basic algebra Area of 3 and 4 sided shapes Pythagoras' Theorem Inverse operations Time (12 and 24 hour clock, as a fraction) Degrees Lowest common multiples Conversions (metric and time). Unlike many other papers that just provide answers and no help, it then has -a full page where you can note your scores on each skill, showing strengths and weaknesses in these areas. Full guides on how to do these skills, if not already, will soon be available in the shop. - NINE pages of full, colour coded and informal (but correct) explanations of every single question, with consistent and fast methods to help you get the answer right every time! For parents, tutors and pupils who'd like to try for grammar or other selective school, and can also be used for Year 7 preparation to ensure pupils are streamed into top middle and higher in Maths sets whether they go to grammar school or not. It can also be used for 11+ retakes at 12/13+.
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English Literature GCSE 'Blood Brothers' by Willy Russell: Context and Themes.

English Literature GCSE 'Blood Brothers' by Willy Russell: Context and Themes.

A full and indepth eight page up to A* guide on this poem for GCSE students and teachers. It can be used as revision, as a lesson tool, or just to make sense of this modern, socially aware play. Written for the WJEC board but suitable for all boards offering this play as a set text, this covers an essential range of links and repeating ideas that were the backbone of Russell's writing ethos. Fully annotated, with quotes, 'check yourself' questions and further reading, this is an essential guide to one of the most challengingly gritty plays of the GCSE anthology- suitable for all exam boards. This is part 2: Context, Themes, Motifs, Symbolism and Language; part 1 on the characters is also available on here.
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ENGLISH GCSE Lord of the Flies- Context and Character Analysis (part 1)

ENGLISH GCSE Lord of the Flies- Context and Character Analysis (part 1)

A full and indepth eight page up to A* guide on this poem for GCSE students and teachers. It can be used as revision, as a lesson tool, or just to make sense of this classic novel. Fully annotated, with quotes, 'check yourself' questions and further reading, this is an essential guide to Lord of the Flies. This is part 1: Context and Character. the more focused part 2- Context, Themes, Motifs, Symbolism and Language , is also available on here.
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ENGLISH KS3 and GCSE Of Mice and Men- Allegory, Symbols and Motifs.

ENGLISH KS3 and GCSE Of Mice and Men- Allegory, Symbols and Motifs.

A summary for Steinbeck's Of Mice and Men on its allegory, symbolism and motifs. There is enough information in this to obtain A04/A/A* in the technical part of an essay on this book. Excellent as a lesson starter for tutors, homeschoolers and teachers, and for pupils who are trying to streamline their essays or come up from a C grade, or lesson aid/revision for everyone.
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A Level English: Symbols, Motifs and Language Techniques in  ‘The Great Gatsby ’.

A Level English: Symbols, Motifs and Language Techniques in ‘The Great Gatsby ’.

Written for the AQA exam board but suitable for any course that includes this book, this is a guide on analysing symbols, motifs and language techniques in The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald. Thirteen pages long, fully annotated with a further reading section and a revision quiz, this can be used for revision, lessons and to get to know the work by pupils teachers and tutors. One of a set of six (all available on this site) of guides that comprehensively cover all aspects of this novel from context and themes to symbolism and motifs.
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History A/S level Wars of the Roses: Society and Economy, 1450–1471, Part One (Henry VI)

History A/S level Wars of the Roses: Society and Economy, 1450–1471, Part One (Henry VI)

An essential overview lesson and/or revision guide for parents, pupils and teachers covering all the points you need to gain good marks in the first module of the Unit 2B course of the History A/S and A level syllabus. Written for the AQA exam board, but suitable for all exam boards, this TWELVE page, clearly written document also has multiple choice questions to check understanding and comprehensive further reading sources to delve more deeply into the module. This covers all the CONTEXT of Henry VI's social and economic policy, provides good detail of the social and economic Acts and Statutes between 1450-61 (when Edward IV acceded the throne) and makes the valid point that the Council ruled 'for' the king for much of his reign (vested interest/factionalism). This is part 1 of the activity guide on this topic. Part 2 will soon be available on here. Without context, writing good grade essays at A level is not possible. Part of a set of guides for the entire Unit 2B course, consisting of overviews, events, geneaologies, activities set by AQA, in depth and source work. Together they make a full, A grade coverage of the entire syllabus. Suitable for A/S and A level.
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A level English 'The Great Gatsby' Major Character Analysis

A level English 'The Great Gatsby' Major Character Analysis

Written for the AQA exam board but suitable for any course that includes this book, this is a FREE courtesy guide on analysing the major characters in The Great Gatsby by F Scott Fitzgerald. Thirteen pages long, fully annotated with a further reading section and a revision quiz, this can be used for revision, lessons and to get to know the work by pupils teachers and tutors. One of a set of six (all available on this site) of guides that comprehensively cover all aspects of this novel from context and themes to symbolism and motifs. If you download this PLEASE leave a review as a courtesy- thank you.
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French KS2, 3, GCSE and A level- How to CONJUGATE (make) verbs- full worksheet

French KS2, 3, GCSE and A level- How to CONJUGATE (make) verbs- full worksheet

This is a four page guide on all the tenses (times in the past present or future) you will need to complete KS3 and almost all GSCE tasks to an A/A* standard. With informal layout and full explanations of what each tense is, and why, with examples, this is an essential guide to ensure you can write, read, hear correctly and speak good, full sentences in tasks. Suitable for revision, a lesson guide or familiarising yourself with French grammar for pupils, teachers, tutors and home schoolers. For ages 11 and upwards and even for primary school students if they are advanced students.
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ENGLISH LITERATURE- ANIMAL FARM PART 1: CHARACTERS

ENGLISH LITERATURE- ANIMAL FARM PART 1: CHARACTERS

AN EIGHT page guide on this novel, it includes: Examination of all major and minor characters How each character connects to themes (keyworded) in context Links to how and where they appear in the novel With good weblinks to topics that students just starting out at GSCE may not be familiar and ten multiple choice questions to check knowledge and understanding of the text and the guide (with answers) this guide can be read before or after reading the novel. Useful for teachers, tutors and pupils, this can be used as revision, an essay helper or a whole lesson document. Allied to this is part 2 of the analysis of this novel, concerning themes, symbolism and motifs in full, also available on this site. This can be used for KS3 or GCSE (11-16 year olds.)
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History A/S and A level The Wars of the Roses 'The Triumph of the Yorkists, 1461–1471' overview.

History A/S and A level The Wars of the Roses 'The Triumph of the Yorkists, 1461–1471' overview.

An essential overview lesson and/or revision guide for parents, pupils and teachers covering all the points you need to gain good marks in the first module of the Unit 2B course of the History A/S and A level syllabus. Written for the AQA exam board, but suitable for all exam boards that offer this module, this ten page, clearly written document also has multiple choice questions to check understanding and comprehensive further reading sources to delve more deeply into the module. This covers all the events, issues and key players of the years 1461-71, and meant as a starting point for the entire Wars of the Roses unit. Part of a set of guides for the entire Unit 2B course, consisting of overviews, events, geneaologies, activities set by AQA, in depth and source work. Together they make a full, A grade coverage of the entire syllabus. Suitable for A/S and A level.
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