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What were the attitudes to the Restoration?
Students use information on a selection on six different people's  … read more
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KS3 | Early Modern period: 1500-1750 | Published: 30/01/2017 | From the resource collection(s): Power and conflict in the Early Modern Period | The English Civil War
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Why did people go on Crusade?
A lovely role-play activity! Background on seven different crusades  … read more
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KS3 | The Medieval period: 1000-1500 | Published: 28/11/2016 | From the resource collection(s): The Crusades
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‘That man of blood’: the trial of Charles I
A paired card sort develops students' understanding of the key  … read more
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KS3 | Early Modern period: 1500-1750 | Published: 07/11/2016 | From the resource collection(s): The English Civil War
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Can you cure the Black Death?
A memorable and exciting lesson to explore the range of wacky  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Thematic studies | The Medieval period: 1000-1500 | Published: 17/10/2016 | From the resource collection(s): Medicine & health | Society in the Medieval period
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Reformers of the 19th century role-play
A scripted role-play in which Lord Shaftesbury, Robert Owen and  … read more
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KS3 | Significance | Industrial Age: 1750-1900 | Published: 04/11/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Industrial Revolution
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10 teaching ideas for historical drama
10 ideas for bringing some drama into the history classroom!  … read more
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KS3 KS4 KS5  | Published: 04/11/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Teaching templates and tools
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Slave auctions
This resource contains a selection of contemporary sources with  … read more
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KS3 | Diversity | Using evidence | Published: 08/07/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Black peoples of the Americas | The Transatlantic Slave Trade
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Introduction to chronology
A selection of activities for year 7 students to consolidate  … read more
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KS3 | Chronology | Published: 01/07/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Chronology
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U-2 incident: decision making simulation
This is a decision making simulation activity in which students  … read more
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KS4 | Modern World studies | Modern World: 1900-present | Published: 03/06/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Cold War | Cold War in Europe
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Who's who in the Russian Revolution
An active learning role-play with students mingling with key  … read more
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KS4 KS5 | Depth studies | Modern World: 1900-present | Published: 22/04/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Russia | Russian Revolution
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Who were the Empire Builders?
A great way to start a unit on the British Empire! Students take  … read more
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KS3 | Significance | Industrial Age: 1750-1900 | Published: 25/03/2014 | From the resource collection(s): British Empire
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Alliances and the build up to the First World War: diplomatic simulation role-play
A lively simulation with students in role as countries negotiating  … read more
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KS3 | Modern World: 1900-present | Published: 11/03/2014 | From the resource collection(s): First World War
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Factors in Jenner's success - interview role-play
Get your most dramatic students to perform this scripted role-play  … read more
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KS4 | Thematic studies | Industrial Age: 1750-1900 | Published: 11/03/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Medicine & health
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Charles I on trial!
This is resource starts with a card sort of the evidence and  … read more
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KS3 | Early Modern period: 1500-1750 | Published: 19/02/2014 | From the resource collection(s): Power and conflict in the Early Modern Period | The English Civil War
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Censorship in the Blitz
This is a lovely group work activity with students in role as  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | British studies | Modern World: 1900-present | Published: 15/01/2014 | From the resource collection(s): 20th century Britain
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Why did William create the Domesday book?
A worksheet to introduce the purpose of the book and a fun simulation  … read more
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KS3 | Communicating about the past | The Medieval period: 1000-1500 | Published: 11/06/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Power and conflict in the Medieval period
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Why have refugees come to Britain historically? Role play
Students explore British diversity by becoming immigrants from  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Diversity | Thematic studies | Published: 23/04/2013 | From the resource collection(s): Britain through the ages | Migration
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English Civil War: decision game
An active group task which gives an overview of key turning points  … read more
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KS3 | Chronology | Early Modern period: 1500-1750 | Published: 04/04/2013 | From the resource collection(s): The English Civil War
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Gustav Stresemann on the hot seat!
An interview script for two students to perform, followed by  … read more
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KS4 | Depth studies | Modern World studies | Modern World: 1900-present | Published: 28/11/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Germany | Inter-War | Weimar Germany
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The monastery inspectors
Pupils write and perform a play based on the monastery inspections  … read more
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KS3 | Communicating about the past | Using evidence | Early Modern period: 1500-1750 | Published: 15/11/2012 | From the resource collection(s): The role of the church in the Early Modern Period
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Living under Nazi rule
A character role-play activity, in which students assume the  … read more
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KS4 | Depth studies | Diversity | Modern World: 1900-present | Published: 18/07/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Germany | Nazi Germany
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Kennedy's actions in Vietnam in 1962
A role play task in which students suggest what action Kennedy  … read more
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KS4 KS5 | Communicating about the past | Depth studies | Modern World studies | Modern World: 1900-present | Published: 18/07/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Cold War | Cold War in Asia | Cold War in Europe | Vietnam
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Cuban Missile Crisis! Can you avoid nuclear armageddon?
A whole class role-play exercise, set during the the tense days  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Chronology | Modern World studies | Modern World: 1900-present | Published: 18/07/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Cold War | Cold War in Europe
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We buy any cure - Black Death role-play
Students take on the roles of priests, apothecaries, townspeople  … read more
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KS3 KS4 | Diversity | Thematic studies | The Medieval period: 1000-1500 | Published: 18/07/2012 | From the resource collection(s): Medicine & health
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