Piracy and plunder – Anglo-Spanish relations in 1570s lesson resources

These resources are for a GCSE lesson on the declining relations between England and Spain in the 1570s with particular reference to Sir Francis Drake.

Relations with Spain – 1570s

Anglo-Spanish relations after 1570

Francis Drake



Design a totem pole – an induction activity

Design a totem pole is a great induction activity which encourages students to share their strengths and characteristics with their new classmates. Inspired by the University of the First Age, the task is summarised on the slide below which can be copied and given to students as ,small cards. 

Additional preparation for this task could be to show students images of totem poles to ensure they know what they look like. Also, the meanings for various images and animals used in totem poles could be given to students, they are readily available online, such as – https://www.google.co.uk/url?sa=t&source=web&cd=13&ved=0ahUKEwjC3-Wog4LWAhWpKMAKHVbfBEwQFghDMAw&url=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.legendsofamerica.com%2Fna-totems.html&usg=AFQjCNH4MAND0hAM-oALupFaMYI4B1CKaA, or on Pinterest, which can be easily copied.

Summer holiday photo task – an induction activity

Another induction task I am going to use with my Year 7 form is the Summer holidays photo task. Summarised on the slide below, which can be copied as small cards to give to students when setting the activity, the task aims students to share what they have done over the summer and encourages them to talk about themselves and their interests. To start the ball rolling, when setting the activity, you may want to share three of your own Summer holiday photos with your form.