Post-1066 thematic

Punishment in 18th centuryA study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge and understanding 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 really is an amazing unit of work. Not only does it link 3 periods of history which are in danger of not being taught at all at KS2, more importantly it addresses the key issue of how historians write history. How do they know who to believe? How do they spot propaganda and the effects of censorship. Knowing how to be sceptical, and how to test assertions being made nowadays ( about holidays, food, new gadgets etc) are skills for life. Pupils need training. These lessons do the job brilliantly. So pleased that so many of you agree!

NEW. This has attracted considerable interest and a  copy of the planner is now loaded on the site ( Sept.2020). Even better, all  the enquiry-led key questions, learning objectives, motivating classroom activities and well chosen resources are all available whilst we await copyright clearance on a few remaining resources. Subscribers just need to email for copies of these ground breaking materials.

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.

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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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