Ideas for teaching the post-1066 thematic unit at Key Stage 2

Whatever you choose to study for your post-1066 thematic unit here are some pointers to help.

  1. Try to make as much use as you can of your existing Tudor, Victorian and Life in Britain since the 30s as you can.  What’s to stop you re-working one of your favourite topics, after all the examples come from Victorians and WW2.  Could you do the Tudors here?  A new unit for Y6 has been written by Keystage history called Beyond Face Value.  It is being trialled in schools at the moment and we have already developed a detailed draft scheme of work, most of the lessons and a large number of the resources.  These are available to subscribers on request.  In a nutshell, it is a skills-based enquiry looking at the way powerful people have manipulated evidence for their own ends and have tried to persuade others of their version of the past.  The case studies we have based this on are:
    a. Portraits of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I
    b. Factory owners and factory workers’ contrasting versions of what factory life was like
    c. Evacuation: whose version should we believe?
    d. The Blitz; would you be taken in by the government’s
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