Causes of the Peasants Revolt – Collection of Activities


Differentiated resources on the Peasants Revolt. 5 standalone activities that develop and consolidate understanding of the causes of the Peasants Revolt.


Causes of the Peasants Revolt: Classroom Resource Pack

There are 5 activities included in this resource pack for Key Stage 3 History. The resources look at the causes in a number of ways, outlined below, to provide a breadth and depth of understanding of issues. Teachers will be able to use the different sections of the resource pack as standalone resources or in combination.

Teaching Resource: Causes of the Peasants Revolt
Teaching Resource: Causes of the Peasants Revolt


The first activity provides ten statements about the causes of the Peasants Revolt. These are intended to provide sufficient detail for able pupils to make informed decisions about the types of cause.

The first task is simple classification. Identification of who, what, where and when.
The timeline activity, for which there is a template included, provides scope for pupils to describe events in their own words. They could refer to source material if it is available in the lesson.

Categorising the causes. Pairs discuss the causes and identify any similarities. These can be noted and fed into class discussion. The class then select the best terms from suggestions and note these alongside the causes on the sheet. An alternative is to add a key to the Diamond 9 activity and colour code the 9 entries to match the key.

Diamond 9. The cause description sheet deliberately includes more than 9 statements. Able students can be asked to make a clear link between 2 of the causes to reduce this to 9. There is a Diamond 9 grid included in the pack which pupils can use to add causes to. More accessible cause statements are included on this resource. Paired discussion should focus on the importance of causes. References to typical village life prior to the Black Death will help the class to place the causes into context.

Causes Graph. This exercise makes the combination of longevity and significance clear to pupils. They establish how long an issue has been causing a problem for the peasantry and how significant it is. By plotting these on the graph they can, hopefully, see how the combination of causes work together. This type of exercise can also be conducted using the Living Graph model. See for a rationale.

Source based activity. This is a straight forward comprehension of sources exercise. Pupils identify causes within each of the sources.
These activities could lead into a piece of structured writing about the causes of the Peasants Revolt. Alternatively, they can be used as a stand alone lesson on the causes of the Revolt, before moving into the course and consequences of the uprising.

The images on the cover sheet could be used as a stimulus activity with pupils predicting what the causes might be based on these sources. The images are, from top left: a) English troops landing in Normandy during the 100 years war; b) Illustration of medieval farming after the Black Death; c) John Ball preaching to rebels; d) Medieval portrayal of the impact of the Black Death e) The murder of Archbishop Sudbury.


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