Lessons - Tudors & Stuarts

The Nuffield Primary History project developed a range of approaches and techniques for doing history with children, between and 1991 and 2009. The resources produced by the project are all real lessons which have been taught by real teachers. They include guidance on teaching and examples of children's work. Many of the lessons have been developed by teachers as part of their continuing professional development. A narrative style was used to describe the lesson and what happened. Read more

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  • The Great Fire of London and the National Curriculum

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    The Great Fire of London is a favourite National Curriculum teaching topic. This paper draws on the latest resources and teaching ideas to suggest how you can meet both the NC history requirements and the wider ones of the National Curriculum, particularly in integrated programmes that include teaching about the Great...

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  • Teaching the Tudors in the New Curriculum

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    Jennifer Donovan is a primary teacher and consultant. The following resources come from a workshop she delivered at Hampton Court Palace in October 2013 looking at how to teach the Tudors in the new curriculum.

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  • Teaching and learning about Grace O'Malley as a significant woman at Key Stage 1

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    "Why are you so angry Grace?" Teaching and learning about Grace O'Malley as a significant woman at Key Stage 1IntroductionGrace O'Malley was an Irish queen in the Tudor period and her story provides insights about life in Ireland at the time of the Elizabethan conquests. Grace, also known as Granuaile,...

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  • Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London (KS1)

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    This resource is free to everyone. For access to hundreds of other high-quality resources by primary history experts along with free or discounted CPD and membership of a thriving community of teachers and subject leaders, join the Historical Association today This was originally part of a 7-week unit looking at...

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  • Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London (KS1) - more lessons

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    This resource is free to everyone. For access to hundreds of other high-quality resources by primary history experts along with free or discounted CPD and membership of a thriving community of teachers and subject leaders, join the Historical Association today  These four extra Great Fire of London teaching accounts (attached...

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  • Investigating Henry VIII

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    The lesson required the children to consider carefully their own opinions about Henry and anything that they knew about him. This was followed up by a literacy lesson in which they used the evidence to express a point of view regarding Henry's suitability for kingship and, ultimately, a whole class...

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  • Queen Elizabeth I

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    What might Queen Elizabeth have been like? Pupils study two documentary sources giving descriptions of Queen Elizabeth I. You need to download two Resources documents (attached below) Then pupils studied the Armada portrait of Queen Elizabeth I and considered factors involved in the story of the Armada - a lesson...

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  • How the Tudors came to power

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    The lessons described introduced a unit on the Tudors through the Battle of Bosworth. In literacy, we had been learning how to identify key words and use these when writing notes. We had focused on information books, in particular a book about Tudor homes. So the children had already come...

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  • Reformation

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    The planning of an English church building in 1530, and what happened to it in the period of the Reformation in the 1540s, provides an excellent focus for the children to learn about what the Reformation meant to Tudor men and women. (These resources are attached below) A simulation lesson:...

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  • The Great Plague of London (KS1)

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    This resource is free to everyone. For access to hundreds of other high-quality resources by primary history experts along with free or discounted CPD and membership of a thriving community of teachers and subject leaders, join the Historical Association today This was originally part of a 7-week unit looking at...

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  • Gunpowder plot at key stage 1

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    Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot is a cracking tale for any age group, although the complex political and religious elements are difficult for young children to understand. However, we can help them to gain insights into past people's motivations and methods through storytelling, simulation and role-play. I used all...

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  • Britain and the Wider World in Tudor Times

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    The wider world: The Tudors ruled Britain during a fascinating and fast-changing century. Europe emerged from the Middle Ages, and Europeans sailed across the oceans, reaching the East, discovering the New World of America, establishing colonies, and circumnavigating the world for the first time (Ferdinand Magellan in 1517, and Francis...

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  • Topic book blitz: asking and answering questions and Tudor Britain

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    The topic book blitz approach, where children freely scan a range of topic books, provides both a marvellous stimulus to curiosity and questioning, and an authentic purpose for using research skills. One of our key principles is Questions and Questioning.In this example, teacher Alison Robson was introducing her class of...

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  • Tudor Portraits: Who am I?

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    ‘Who am I?' - what can we tell about this person from the clothes he/she is wearing? Pupils use pictures and portraits as evidence for social diversity of Tudor life. (These resources are attached below) Pupils write pen portraits of characters, extending their vocabulary with the help of a glossary....

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  • The Spanish Armada

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    This is a highly interactive and stimulating simulation for years 3 and 4, and a very effective way of involving children in a range of issues. We introduced the story of the Armada, outlining the main parties involved and the nature of the conflict. We gave the children a problem...

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  • Dissolution of the Monasteries: Haughmond Abbey

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    The objectives of this lesson were for the children to: Understand that spoken language and word usage may change over a period of time; Understand that to be able to use an historical document as a source of evidence it is necessary to have a knowledge of specific vocabulary; Become...

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  • Magellan at KS1

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    The Year 2 story of Magellan and his voyage round the world. The lessons provided part of the history and geography element in a wider topic on ‘Water'. (These resources are attached below) The teaching was done through the powerful medium of storytelling. The first session was taken up by...

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