Outstanding Lessons, Smart Tasks, lesson ideas

A level history outstanding lessons

In this section you will find three types of lessons. The first is a series of fully-resourced and described outstanding lessons ,graded 1 by an OFSTED history inspector. There are then Smart tasks– learning activities withe resources and finally lesson ideas.

Th next lesson to be added will be on Elizabethan foreign policy and revolves around the examination question

To what extent had  relations between England and Spain deteriorated by 1581?
Students are given a range of historians’ views on this question and are then challenged to create a tension graph from 1558-1585 in which they assess the significance of key events as well as weighing up their knowledge of the various facets and phases of Elizabeth’s foreign policy and the views of her ministers.

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Italian foreign policy-outstanding lesson

At what point did Mussolini seem to side more with Germany than with Britain or France? Students arrive at the lesson having familiarised themselves with key events of Mussolini’s foreign policy which is checked with a quick sequencing task which is turned into two living graphs...
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Who started the Korean War? Smart Task

In this short starter smart task students are given two contradictory accounts of the start of the Korean War, both emanating from Korea. But which account do they think is more plausible and which extract goes with which book? Students look for loaded language and...
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AS/A2 SMART TASK Threats to Henry VII, a living graph

Students create event cards for homework by way of preparation for creating a multi strand living graph showing the degree of threat to Henry VII from different quarters and how it changed over time. They look at a the range of different AS/A2 questions asked...
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The rise of Stalin: 4 smart tasks

Included here are 4 distinct smart tasks which could be used in various combinations at AS and A2 level. They vary from laying odds on the outcome of the leadership contest, and working out why Stalin triumphed using influence cards, to critiquing a modern explanation...
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The reasons why Labour won the General Election of 1945.

If Churchill’s popularity rating rarely dropped below 80% during the Second World War, why then was there a landslide victory for Labour in 1945? Building on the obvious paradox of the question, students need to work out for themselves a convincing explanation and be able to...
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Hitler Youth AS/A2 task

This smart task uses one of the most frequently misunderstood Hitler Youth posters. By taking students through a step-by-step deconstruction of the poster using an animated PowerPoint presentation, students are shown the overwhelming importance of context and purpose when trying to establish the true meaning...
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Why was Anne Boleyn executed? Which of these seems most plausible?

In this short task students work out for themselves the key inter-related reasons why Anne Boleyn was executed. Using the influence cards provided (see resources section below) which draw on recent different interpretations, students make their own meaning before answering the sample question for the...
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