Cunning Plan 159: Putting the people into Magna Carta

Teaching History feature

Published: 16th June 2015

Does your heart skip with excitement at the prospect of a Year 7 lesson on Magna Carta? No? Magna Carta may be an important part of the long-term story of royal power and individual liberties but it is not a topic that excites many teachers. If it were, teachers would not be shimmying round Magna Carta so it becomes a small part of an enquiry into King John himself. While most history teachers have got beyond the old ‘Was John really a villain?' kind of enquiry question, Magna Carta still often finds itself as a brief mention in a lesson sequence built around a question on John...

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