How did Harold Godwinson die? lesson resources

These lessons resources, for a Key Stage 3 class, focus on a source investigation on the question – How did Harold Godwinson die? The resources include five source analysis squares for the main lesson task, a PowerPoint presentation containing lesson content, tasks, a starter and a plenary – which can be in a separate file as a speech bubble exercise.

Death of Harold II

Harold SPeech 2

Death of Harold – Source evaluation 5

Death of Harold – Source evaluation 4

Death of Harold – Source evaluation 3

Death of Harold – Source evaluation 2

Death of Harold – Source evaluation 1

Cuban Missile Crisis caption tasks

These caption resources encourage students to consider the impact of the Cuban Missile Crisis from the perspectives of the three main leaders in the crisis. A great and engaging way of allowing students to consider the crisis from different angles.




Henry Ford and mass production lesson resources

These lesson resources are for a GCSE lesson on Henry Ford and mass production looking at the key features of mass production and its impact. The PowerPoint presentation contains key information, a starter, extension tasks and a plenary or home learning activity as well as a worksheet containing two note making tasks. Also there is a caption exercise which can be used as a home learning opportunity.

How did Henry Ford change the world worksheet

Mass production


Making your lessons RING with engagement

In the past I have tweeted about Dave Keeling’s RING principle with regard to lesson engagement and choosing activities which are effective and memorable. This has always garnered questions asking for further elaboration and I thought it would make an effective post to give further detail.

RING stands for

What this means for lessons and activities is –

Make your lessons RELEVANT – therefore within lessons and activities making explicit the relevance of the content to student’s lives and how it is relevant to any assessed pieces of work. This also relates to the skills they are developing and honing which is highly important. With this in mind, you are addressing the crucial element of ‘what is in it for me?’ for students.

Make your lessons INTERESTING – here presenting lesson materials in an attention grabbing way promoting curiosity and engagement is important in ensuring students are interested and wanting to learn.

Make your lessons NAUGHTY – what is meant here is not pushing the accepted boundaries of taste but more pushing the boundaries of learning and willing to be daring and trying something new. Who wants to have a lessons that contains the same tired old activities and strategies that students’ have seen time and time again. Be willing to be daring and try new activities – if some don’t work, try something else, if you find something works then you are on a winner.

Make your lessons a GIGGLE – without doubt if students are engaged and enjoying the learning then they are willing to learn more but also lessons becomes a less painful and stressful business. The more students enjoy learning, the more their confidence will soar – and that is worth aiming for.

As Dave Keeling says, having one of these elements will probably mean that students will remember most of what you have taught, but to have all four mean that they will never forget it – and that is what teaching is all about.

The impact of the First World War on the role of women in British society lesson resources

These lesson resources geared for a GCSE class focus on the impact the First World War had on the position of women in British society. This really looks at the key developments between 1918 and 1928 in this area. The resources are a PowerPoint presentation with a starter, plenary, main lesson content and tasks with a source analysis sheet for the extension task set in the PowerPoint.

Role of Women after the First World War

Source evaluation – the place of women after 1918