New outstanding KS2 planner and lessons on Tudors

Landing soon is a brilliant KS2 medium term planner rated outstanding by OFSTED. You will find 6 enquiry-led key questions each exploring a separate historical concept in depth, and a home-study. All the existing outstanding lessons and smart tasks have now been tied into this planning with some new lessons added. The principal one of these relates to the Elizabethan theatre . Having already explored diversity of society under Henry VIII looking at homes and inventories, this enquiry builds on that understanding of diversity within a different context. Subscribers can now request drafts of these materials by email while we are waiting copyright to be cleared.

Among the main activities are: gallery, prove it! and market place. The first provides pupils with a series of images of Elizabethan theatre which are different in many ways but have a number of key similarities. Pupils have to work out what these are and then provide an annotated sketch for a film-set designer. Prove it, takes a number of textbook statements about Tudor theatres and then asks pupils to work out which evidence the historian used to make the statement. To do this they use a portfolio of visual sources, all carefully differentiated. Finally market place which turns the hall into the area surrounding an Elizabethan theatre. The pupils are given a role card describing their circumstances on the day of the play. The pupils’ job is to talk to as many other pupils in role as either rich, poor, or yeoman to find out the principal differences between the experiences of people living at different levels of society.

All are highly active strategies which really get the pupils thinking and lead to a creative discursive piece of writing. As with all new medium term plans we are producing there is also an assessment task with markscheme.

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