Post-1066 thematic

A study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066. The purpose of this unit, as conceived by Gove et al, was two-fold: firstly, to offer opportunities to develop big picture overviews of topics which help pupils to appreciate the long arc of history; secondly, to give pupils a chance to study more modern history.  For many of you this will offer scope for an imaginative new unit of work. For others it will be a chance to reconfigure some of the units from the previous curriculum that were in danger of being lost.

After much consultation with schools, we have decided to focus on 2 main topics in this section: 1. Crime and Punishment over 1,000 years.  This unit is now complete. There is not only an outstanding detailed medium term planner, there are also all the teaching activities , PowerPoint presentations and and pupils’ resources to make the unit complete.

2. Beyond Face Value: a study of how propaganda was used over time, by the Tudors , the Victorians and the British government during World War Two.

This has attracted considerable interest and a draft copy of the planner and samples of all, the enquiry-led key questions, learning objectives, motivating classroom actitivities and well chosen resources are all available whilst we await copyright clearance on a few remaining resources

Why did punishments become so bloody in the 18th century? KQ4

Pupils label their own copy of a motivating Hogarth print showing popular attitudes to public executions before explaining the puzzling conundrum: when the number of death penalties was increased why did the number of executions actually go down?  Really good thinking skills stuff. Learning Objectives
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Why did Germany lose the Battle of Britain?

If Britain was only a few days away from defeat in August 1940 how on earth did she win the Battle of Britain a month later?

PLEASE NOTE - This lesson was aimed at Key Stage 3 but should be capable of being used with minimal...
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Top ten ingredients of a good KS2 post-1066 thematic unit.

Teaching Crime and Punishment as a post-1066 thematic unit at KS2 For a while now, a number of schools have been developing interesting thematic units that span 1,000 years and which redress the KS2 imbalance of pre-and post-1066 thematic studies. One of the most successful appears...
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