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.  The plan and all the activities are now completed in outline, many in detail and a number of schools have already been sent the planner and drafts of resources for individual key questions.  Please note that there is not at the moment a full suite of lessons. What you’ll find are a set of fully-resourced activities that relate to the planner. In the spirit of the site, we will not be describing these as ‘outstanding lessons’ until we have see them in action in the classroom. We would love to hear from schools wishing to trial them.

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.

Both topics now have detailed plans  in draft form which members can requests. These show all the enquiries, all the lessons, and most of the resources. We are still awaiting copyright clearance on others.

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 adaptation...
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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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