This is a well-taught KS2 topic and deserves to find its way into your history curriculum, not least for the opportunity to study key concepts like propaganda which require pupils to develop an awareness of evidence and how it can be used and abused. A crucial skill in this world of fake news.

There are some great activities here: role play and debate, zones of inference, market place, explanation builder, call my bluff, curators dilemma as well as sequencing , cartoon annotation, graph analysis and asking questions and  evaluating the BBC website . There is also an excellent assessment task with markscheme to show how well pupils have understood the topic, against national expectations.

Planner and assessment task

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