Teaching resources and study guides on the history curriculum. Featuring knowledge-rich histories of curriculum-related areas for KS2, GCSE and A-Level History alongside On this Day in History stories… History related news and reviews can be found on our Facebook Page. This site is maintained by Dan Moorhouse.
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A-Level History Lessons
Wars of the Roses lessons for A-Level History
Explore the personality of Henry VI through a lesson that is designed to develop your classes understanding of the period. This Context-driven approach enables a breadth of understanding about the intricacies of the court.
This lesson looks at the structure of Government in Henry’s Minority and Majority. From here it explores the way in which decision making was conducted. Sources are introduced to show students some of the reasons why factions began to develop. This encourages them to think about how this may affect the workings of government.
What went wrong for Richard, 3rd Duke of York? This lesson explores the turbulent events of 1459/60. Students will gain an awareness of the various pressures upon both factions at the time.
What did Henry’s contemporaries think of him? This lesson examines a series of sources to develop an awareness of different views. It also explores why commentators interpreted him so differently.
From despair to glory. How was Edward able to turn a dire situation around so quickly?
This lesson takes a close look at the imagery in the Edward IV roll.
Margaret of Anjou’s role in the build-up to the outbreak of the Wars of the Roses and its early stages is subject to much debate. Shakespeare’s caricature of her being a ‘She-Wolf’ remains a popular view. But how accurate is this assessment of Henry VI’s wife and Queen? This lesson explores the evidence.
The secret marriage of King Edward IV to Elizabeth Woodville was both unexpected and unwanted by many in the Council. Yet, it had to be accepted. The implications were large at court and ultimately throughout the country. In this A-Level lesson, we examine the consequences of various aspects of changes that the marriage resulted in.
Historiography of the Wars of the Roses.
An introduction for A-Level students [Coming Soon]
This lesson provides students with an overview of the way in which historians views about the wars of the roses have changed over the years. This will help them to understand the various sources that are presented over their studies within context. This can lead to further exploration and analysis of historians changing views and the debates that have surrounded them.
Was Warwick the Kingmaker a consummate politician? This A-Level History exercise assesses his methods and motives c1450 to 1471.
Richard III: An extensive overview [Coming Soon]
A series of activities covering Richard’s adult life. A presentation provides an overarching chronology of his involvement in politics under the reign of Edward IV, explores the manner in which he became King in 1483, looks into his brief reign and finally addresses the invasion of Henry Tudor and Richard’s defeat and death at Bosworth.
GCSE History Lessons
GCSE History. Russia c1900-1953
GCSE History: The First World War
How ‘Global’ was the First World War? This lesson introduces pupils to the war from the perspective of it being a world war. Students quickly learn about the interrelationship between different parts of the word and the manner in which colonialism and Imperialism continued to fuel the fighting.
Interactive Exercise. One of our oldest activities. A decision-making game about leadership on the front lines. It is really good at getting pupils to realise that the front lines were not as simple as they may appear to be. Best used on Desktop/Laptops.
GCSE History: Medicine
A challenging but highly engaging activity that places your class at the heart of the Medieval Medical World. Pupils take on roles as different types of care providers, or patients from different backgrounds. Moving around the medical marketplace they encounter all manner of beliefs and a few costly roadblocks to their preferred elixir! All resources provided. Featured in Teaching History and Recommended by TES.
World War Two
Places pupils in the role of Allied High Command and asks them to consider the various options available when planning to open up a Western Front following the entry into the war of the United States.
Overview of content
The Plantagenets Despite wars, plagues and rebellions the Plantagenet family ruled for longer than any other dynasty.
Wars of the Roses the rival houses of York and Lancaster split the Plantagenet family apart in this feud for the crown.
Tudors. Perhaps the best-known dynasty to have ruled England, here we look at the key events and personalities of the Tudor era.
Elizabethan England. Written for the 1-9 GCSE course, this unit provides support for pupils and teachers in preparation for exams.
Industrialisation and Empire
Industrial Revolution. With links to lessons about the Victorians, this section proves to be our most popular. Sections include inventions, life in Industrial towns, conditions for children, the transport revolution and much more.
The British Empire. The largest empire the world has yet seen. Covering areas included in the OCR GCSE unit. This unit on empire explores the economic and social consequences of Empire at home and in the colonies.
Twentieth Century History
First World War. The causes, course and personalities of the First World War. Includes an interactive timeline. Recent additions to this unit cover a range of the most significant battles fought in the war. These can be used to assess the changes in the nature of warfare. Tactical and technological changes during the war are also covered, through looking at the development of tanks and the stories of fighter aces such as Charles Gass and Billy Bishop.
Russian History. Covering the events of the Russian Revolutions to the fall of the Soviet Union this unit covers all of the key points for students studying the topic at GCSE.
Schools History Project
Medicine Through Time. Last on our list of suggestions is this enthralling topic. From prehistory to the modern-day humans have battled with diseases and mystery illnesses. Here we look at these in the context of time periods and as themes in development.
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History Teachers’ Resources
Resources on this site are being developed to fully support teaching at all levels. Our Primary History section is growing, with resources and articles available here. Narrative history continues to be added that is knowledge-rich. These cater for Key Stage 3 and the 1-9 GCSE criteria.
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