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Activities from c.1500-1700

How do you feel about the countryís new religion? An overview 1547-1700

Students develop a living graph to create an overview of religious and political changes 1547 to c.1700

Henry VII and the Early Tudors

Valuable reading including a very helpful review essay summarising changing interpretations of Henry VII and much else.

Henry VII Survival Game

A decision-making activity which introduces the key events of Henry’s reign

Henry Tudor's Road to the Throne

Create a living graph to show just how unlikely a king Henry Tudor really was

Ryther Hoard & Lambert Simnel

An intriguing find and a possible introduction to reading about the 1487 rebellion

Henry VII's Use of Bonds

You play the part of Henry VII and your students are the nobles - how will they feel about bonds?

Henry VII: Diligent bureaucrat or paranoid blunderer?

A brief update on recent interpretations (which appeared in Teaching History, 118, March 2005).

Henry VII: Out of the shadows?

A good deal of work has been undertaken on Henry VII in recent years but Henry remains puzzling and students still have the same problem I was trying to deal with here – how to reconcile the intriguing complexities of Henry’s personality and reign with the often dull certainties conveyed in older textbooks. (From The Historical Review, 22, Sept. 1995).

Henry VIII – the Glory Trail?

A decision-making activity for use as an introduction or conclusion and revision at A level.

Henry VIII, Wolsey and Europe 1509-1529

Turn your room into a map of Europe and chart Henry's road to glory – or failure

Henry VIII & his Wives – which Queen lasted longest?

A timeline to develop a sense of duration

YouTube at A level – the Case of Perkin Warbeck

A map, a whiteboard, a camera – and enhanced understanding of Warbeck’s travels

Holy Box and the Altar Table – 16th century religious changes

Create your own church interior – then change it, then change it again, then ...

Martin Luther and the Road to Worms

A play by Mark Fowle to help his A level students deepen their knowledge.

William Cecil’s Dilemmas 1547-1558

A short decision-making introduction to the key events of 1547-58 for A level students.

Kett’s Rebellion – what happened and why?

A role–play that brings people and decision–making off the page and helps students deepen their understanding.

Why Did They Go to America?

Hats, false beards and an introduction to causation!

Dissolution of the Monasteries

A role play that focusses on people and the importance of monasteries to communities

Elizabeth I – Survival Game

A decision-making activity for A level which introduces the key events of Elizabethís reign.

The reign of Elizabeth I: A Scripted Drama

Jen Thorntonís structured drama provides a memorable overview of Elizabethís reign

Elizabeth I and Europe in 1558

You'll need to move the furniture for this one – but it clearly, simply and painlessly explains the power situation in Europe in 1558.

Why did the Armada fail?

Tell the story of the Armada by turning your pupils into ships and develop their understanding of causation and interpretations

Pare, Vesalius and Henri II

Report the big news of 1559; simulate the work of Pare and Vesalius as they struggle to save Henri II; identify key aspects of Renaissance Medicine

Pare - Why did it happen then?

Explore the reasons why Pare made his surgical breakthrough by creating a mobile factors web.

Arteries, Veins and Capillaries – what Harvey couldn’t see!

Use a tin of tomatoes to help students understand Harvey's discovery

Using locality to introduce the Civil War – The Civil War in Leeds

Your students become the people of Leeds in 1642. Will they survive the Civil War? An activity showing how to use your locality to inspire interest in the Civil War.

When did they decide to execute Charles?

Create a graph to tackle students' misconceptions about what Parliament wanted from the Civil War.

Civil War comes to Deerhurst

A role play for A Level students who take the roles of the leading villagers of Deerhurst, dealing with the pressures put on them by Royalists and Parliamentarians

1646-9: Who was the blame for the execution of the King?

Jen Thorntonís structured drama introduces or summarises the key issues and events

Will you have finished school before Charles I is executed?

A timeline to develop a sense of duration

Was Oliver Cromwell right to ban Christmas?

A one-lesson KS3 activity that might be an antidote to Black Friday and other commercial nonsense!

Revisiting the plague of 1665-6 in Cambridge

A short commentary on Evelyn Lord, The Great Plague: a people’s history (2014)

Who Will Hang? Unpredictability of the Bloody Code

Bring the accused to court to tell their stories. Can the rest of the class predict who will receive the death penalty? Why was the legal system so unpredictable?

The Great Cheese Mystery

What's it about? That would be telling! Better click here and find out!

Would you become a highwayman? Explaining the causes of crime

Turn your students into causes and get the rest of the class to sort out the rise and fall of highway robbery. Sadly, no masks or horses required.

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