Topic Name Description
File The Sutton Grammar School Sourcework Placemat and Key Vocabulary


URL SGS - Why Study History? Promo Video
Topic 1 URL Spartacus History Website - Coverage of all periods of History


URL The Avalon Project - Historic Documents Recreated in Full
URL The National Archives - Learning Zone
URL BBC Bitesize GCSE History
URL BBC History Magazine
URL British Library Permanent Treasures Gallery
URL Peterhouse College Cambridge - Vellacott History Essay Competition Link
URL US 13 Colonies Interactive Map
Topic 2 URL 1066 Website - Fully Interactive
File How William Gained Control PP Instructions


URL The Domesday Book Online
Page Stephen and Matilda IT work weblinks and instructions


File Stephen and Matilda IT work

IT work

File Magna Carta Interactive Sheet


URL Magna Carta - British Library Treasures Website


URL King John Video (1/2)
URL Edward I Video
File Edward I PPoint
URL Edward I - History of Britain Video (1/6)
URL William Wallace - Decision Game
URL Robert the Bruce - Decision Game
URL A Walk Around Wharram Percy - Google Chrome


URL Design a Medieval Town or Village - History on the Net


URL Medieval England - History Learning Site - Lots of links to aspects of life


URL BBC Bitesize - Life in Medieval England


URL Medieval Town Video - You Tube


URL Peasants Revolt Video - Tony Robinson


Topic 3 URL Reformation Video - Martin Luther Polka
URL John Calvin Video
File Counter Reformation IT Work
File Henry VIII's Reformation IT Work


Page LW Spanish Armada

LW Spanish Armada

File James I research

James I research

URL Gunpowder Plot - Conspiracy or Not Website
URL Gunpowder Plot Quiz and Game - BBC website
URL Gunpowder Plot Video - Exploding the Legend


URL Gunpowder, Treason and Plot - Documentary for Court Room lessons


URL Long Term Causes of the Civil War Video
File Why the Civil War Started Revision Book
File Civil War - Long Term Causes Exercise
File Oliver Cromwell IT Work
URL Marston Moor Video (1/2)
URL English Civil War Website - Comprehensive!!
URL BBC Website - Gunpowder Plot and Civil War Overview
File Y8 KA 3 Research Booklet


URL Great Fire of London Website


File Glorious Revolution PP
File Oliver Cromwell research

Oliver Cromwell research

Page Power - Monarch or Parliament


Page Great Fire of London mapping

Great Fire of London mapping

Topic 4 URL 13 Colonies Interactive Map


URL Life in the 13 Colonies Website


Page Life in the 13 Colonies Task

Using the given website (and others if needed) build a picture of what life was like for the British Colonists up to 1756. You should consider the following and write your answers in your exercise book under the title 'Life in the Colonies'

1/ How were the colonies divided (Northern, Middle, Southern)

2/ Main features of life - farming, church, the economy, reasons for emigrating etc.

3/ What do you think life would have been like - easy or hard? How would life have differed in different colonies? Which colony would you have settled in and why?

URL US War for Independence Interactive Map
File American War for Independence Battle Tracker


URL Declaration of Independence Intro Video

morgan freeman

URL Declaration of Independence read by famous actors


URL The Declaration of Independence Text
URL Assassination of Franz Ferdinand Documentary


URL BBC Animation - The Schlieffen Plan
File WW1 Trenches IT work

WW1 Trenches IT work

Page WW1 Weapons

1. Complete the WW1 Weapons Table using the handouts and the internet to help your research. Complete in as much detail as possible.

2. Which was the Great War's most deadly weapon and why? Use facts, figures and examples to support your ideas

3. Did the development of new technologies make it easier for an army to attack or defend on the Western Front? Did it make stalemate more likely? Explain your answer

File WW1 Weapons Table


File Battle of Somme Worksheet - Revision
URL Battle of the Somme Video - Line of Fire


URL WW1 Interactive Timeline - BBC


URL WW1 Website (Spartacus History) - Very Comprehensive on all aspects of the WW1


URL Conscientious Objector Website - Imperial War Museum


URL Conscientious Objectors Video - You Tube


File WW1 Research Topics


URL German Spring Offensive 1918 Video

You Tube Video

URL German Spring Offensive 1918 Video Part 2

You Tube

File The End of WW1 IT Work
Topic 5 File New iGCSE Full Specification - Sept 2016 start


File iGCSE Paper 1 Exam Advice and Guidance Document


Page Treaty of Versailles Overview

Read pages 5-13 in your text books on The Treaty of Versailles

1. Quickly summarise the main aims of the 'Big Three' countries at Versailles

2. On page 13, answer Focus Task A Q1 - summarise for each leader what would have pleased them, have displeased them and how far they achieved their aims.

3. Summarise what you consider to be the main strengths and weaknesses of the Treaty

4. Do you think this was a fair treaty? Explain your answer with examples to support your argument.

URL Treaty of Versailles Documentary - You Tube
URL The Peacemakers - BBC4 Documentary


Page German Reaction and Impact - Treaty of Versailles


Page Was the Treaty of Versailles fair?


Page The Treaty of Sevres - a comparison


Page League of Nations Part 1 - Aims and Membership


Page League of Nations Part 2 - Structure and Organisation


Page League of Nations in the 1920's - Corfu and Bulgaria


Page League of Nations - Disarmament and Economic Recovery


Page League of Nations - Judgement on the 1920's and plans for 1930's


Page LW USA and League of Nations

LW USA and League of Nations

URL Global Impact of the Great Depression Video


URL Japan Invades Manchuria Video


File Manchuria Video
Page League of Nations - Manchuria


Page League of Nations and Disarmament


File Abyssinia Video 1
File Abyssinia Video 2
Page The Crisis in Abyssinia


Page Why did the League of Nations fail?


Page Appeasement and Sudetenland


Page Invasion of Czechoslovakia

Describe how Czechoslovakia was invaded in March 1939. Did Munich make this invasion inevitable?

URL Appeasement and Czechoslovakia Video
Page The Nazi Soviet Pact and The Start of WW2

1. Why did Germany and the USSR sign the Nazi-Soviet Pact of 1939? Explain the reasons for each country

2. What impact do you think this pact had for the security of Europe?

3. Did this agreement make WW2 inevitable? Explain your answer in full

File Nazi Soviet Pact PP


Page Appeasement Overview Task

Write a 3/4 to a page summary in your books discussing the following question

Why did Appeasement fail to prevent the outbreak of WW2?

URL CNN Cold War Episode 1 - Comrades


Page The Origins of the Cold War 1945


URL Yalta and Potsdam Summary - BBC Bitesize


URL Every Nuclear Explosion Since 1945 - On Video


Page Yalta and Potsdam - A Comparison


Page Churchill's Iron Curtain Speech

Using the video clip, worksheet and pages 64/65 in your text books, explain why Churchill's Iron Curtain speech was so important in the context of the origins of the Cold War.

URL CNN Cold War - Iron Curtain


Page Iron Curtain Speech - Causes of the Cold War

Using your work on Churchill's Iron Curtain speech rank the following into order (1 most important, 3 least important) in regard to their importance in causing Cold War Tensions

a/ The Development of the Atomic Bomb

b/ The Potsdam Conference

c/ Churchill's Iron Curtain speech

For each, explain why you have ranked it as you have and why it is more / less important than the others (practice for the 10 mark essay question)

File Soviet Expansion into Eastern Europe 1945-49 - IT Template
File IT Work Template - Truman Doctrine / Marshall Plan / Cominform
URL CNN Cold War - Berlin Blockade and Airlift Video


File Berlin Blockade PP
Page Berlin Blockade and Airlift

1. Why did Stalin put a blockade in place over West Berlin? What was the most important cause of the blockade?

2. Describe the strategy of the airlift and explain why you think it was ultimately successful

3. How important do you think the West's counter-blockade of East Berlin was?

4. Was the Berlin Blockade and Airlift

a/ The start of the Cold War or

b/ The first crisis of the Cold War?

Explain the reasons for your answer

URL History of NATO video


Page NATO and the Warsaw Pact

Read pages 70, 75 and 76 in your text books on these topics

1. How and why were these two organisations set up?

2. Did the creation of NATO and the Warsaw Pact make the situation in Europe more or less stable?

Explain your answer by referring to both sides of the question but coming to a final judgement one way or the other

Page The Outbreak of the Cold War and Deterioration of Relations - 1946-49

Read pages 65-67 in your text books and the completed template on the Truman Doctrine, Marshall Plan and Cominform

1. Who was more to blame for worsening Cold War tensions between Yalta and 1949 - the USA or the USSR? Explain your answer by referring to both countries

Page Destalinisation

Using pages 126-127 in your text book and the video After Stalin explain how Khrushchev's new policies and attitude differed from Stalin's and how this may have led to the dissent in Eastern Europe between 1953 and 1956. (Khrushchev's secret speech to the 20th Party Congress is important here).

URL After Stalin Video - CNN Cold War Video


Page Hungarian Uprising 1956 Overview


URL CNN Cold War Video - The Wall 1958-63


URL Berlin Wall Animation


File Berlin Wall PPoint
File The Berlin Wall JFK Speech Exercise
Page Berlin Wall Overview Task

1. Why did the Soviet Union decide to encircle the East Berliners with the Berlin Wall?

2. Why did Kennedy and the USA not respond more strongly?

3. Was the Berlin Wall actually the best way to maintain a fragile peace?

URL Prague Spring Animation


URL Prague Spring Video - Occupation


Page The Prague Spring - Czechoslovakia 1968

Use the handout and your text book to complete the following tasks

1/ Complete the table on the handout, filling in the boxes in full to compare the 1956 Hungarian Uprising with the 1968 Prague Spring

2/ Explain in full why the USSR decided to invade Czechoslovakia

3/ In you own words, define the Brezhnev Doctrine and why you think the USSR implemented it

URL Cold War Video - Red Spring (1/4) on Prague Spring


Page USSR Control of the Eastern Bloc - 1956-1968


Page Detente Overview

Using your textbooks (pages 100-101) and internet research and compile a document outlining Détente. You should consider the following

  • Definition of Détente

  • What motivated the USA and the USSR to pursue this policy?

  • How were China, East Germany and West Germany involved?

  • What was SALT I (1972) and why was it important?

  • What were the Helsinki agreements of 1975 and what did they outline


Extension work – Source C on page 100 in your text books gives a view on why both sides agreed to the SALT talks. How accurate is this view of the motives of the USA and the USSR? Answer using the source and your own knowledge.

Treat this as a 6 mark exam question and spend about 20 mins on it.

File Collapse of detente IT task
URL CNN Cold War - 'Freeze'


Page The Growth of Solidarity

Using the last 10 minutes from the Cold War episode 'Freeze', your text book and the additional handout answer the following questions.

1/ What impact did the election of Pope John Paul II in 1978 have on Poland?

2/ How and why did the Solidarity movement grow so quickly in Poland?

3/ Who was Lech Walesa and why was he important?

4/ How did the USSR pressure the Polish government into acting?

5/ How did Jarulzelski react to try and crush Solidarity?

Page Gorbachev - A New USSR

Use the textbooks, handouts and video clip to answer the following questions

1/ Who was Mikhail Gorbachev and how did he come to power in the USSR?

2/ Explain his two new policies of Glasnost and Perestroika

3/ How might these new policies have affected the Soviet Union and their satellite states?

4/ What impact would the war, and defeat, in Afghanistan have had on the USSR and its satellite states?

Page Collapse of Communism in the Satellite States

In the 1980's the Soviet control of the Eastern European states gradually eroded away - especially after 1985, when Gorbachev came to power. Using the handout as your base information, also use the internet to build a picture of your designated country as Communism collapsed and was replaced by something else.

The five countries in question are 


East Germany (GDR)




For each you should consider the nature of the rule before collapse (including the names of leaders); what factors in the country led to the erosion of communist / Soviet control; any important people that drove reform; the events of 1988/89 and how communist rule came to an end; what replaced the Soviet backed governments from 1989 onwards; what type of revolutions were they - peaceful, violent etc

You should write this directly into your text books - you will be teaching other groups next lesson about your country.

Page Vietnam - Why did the USA get involved?


URL Vietnam War Animation


Page Gulf of Tonkin Incident and US Escalation

1/ What was the Gulf of Tonkin incident and how did it lead to the USA's escalation of the war in Vietnam?

2/ Describe the attack in Pleiku in February 1965. Why it is seen as important?

3/ What was Operation Rolling Thunder and how did it mark a change in the direction of the war?

URL Gulf of Tonkin Video Clip
URL Attack on Pleiku Video Clip
URL Why did the US get involved in Vietnam? Worksheet
URL Battlefield Vietnam Video - Rolling Thunder (1/6)


Page Vietcong (VC) Tactics

Read pages 26-29 in your green Vietnam books and page 113-114 in your iGCSE text books

1/ Who were the Vietcong (VC)?

2/ The VC had many different strategies for fighting the war. Explain them under the following headings

a/Infiltration of villages

b/ Tunnel System

c/ Booby Traps

d/ Ho Chi Minh Trail

3/ How did the VC use the geography of Vietnam to fight an effective Guerrilla War?

4/ How did China, the Soviet Union and the USA help the VC war effort?

5/ The VC and NVA wanted to fight 'a war with no front line'. What do you think is meant by this?

URL Punji Trap Video
URL VC Booby Trap Video
File US Tactics IT Template
Page My Lai Questions

Read pages 32-35 in your text books on My Lai and watch the video link on Moodle

1. What evidence is there, if any, that there were Vietcong in My Lai?

2. In what ways was this mission the same as other search and destroy missions? In what ways did it differ?

3. Write a short essay (1 page) on the My Lai massacre. Think about the following when constructing your piece

a/ Why did the Americans go to My Lai?

b/ What happened and why do you think it happened?

c/ What were the consequences for the US forces, in Vietnam and at home?

URL 4 Hours in My Lai Video (1 of 7)
URL Tet Offensive Video


Page The Tet Offensive Questions

Read pages 38-41 in your text books, watch the associated video and answer the following questions

1. Why did the NVA and VC launch the Tet Offensive?

2. What does the map on page 38 tell you about the Tet Offensive?

3. Copy out the pie chart on page 41. What do the casualty figures suggest?

4. What were the effects of the Tet Offensive? Why is it seen as a key turning point of the Vietnam War?

Page Walter Cronkite Source - Public Opinion and the Media

Read the broadcast by Walter Cronkite and answer the following questions

1/ What view is Cronkite expressing in the content of the source? Use good quotes to back up your ideas.

2/ What do you think the purpose of the source is?

3/ What does this source tell us about the way the media might have been viewing the war by 1968?

4/ How significant is this view in the context of media coverage and public opinion?

File Walter Cronkite source
URL Impact of Media on Vietnam War Video
Page Protest Against the Vietnam War

Use pages 42-47 in your green Vietnam Books and page 117 in your iGCSE text books to create a double page spread in your exercise books on the peace and protest movement in the USA.

You can include whatever you like but you should consider the following as key to be analysed somewhere ...

- The draft

- The veterans' protest

- Kent State University

- How the media portrayed the protest movement

- The impact of the protest movement on the conduct of the war

Start work in this lesson, we will complete it next lesson

Page The Fall of Saigon

Read pages 56-57 in your text book

Answer Q's 1-3 on page 57 in as much detail as possible

This work and the work on the withdrawal of the US should all be finished by the first lesson back from your work experience placement.

URL Fall of Saigon - The Final Hours video (15 mins)


URL Fall of Saigon - Last to Leave video (20 mins)


URL The Fall of Saigon Documentary
Topic 7 File Y11 iGCSE Mock Exam Guidance - Paper 2 Sources

source paper

File Y11 Mock Practice Paper - Paper 2 Sources League of Nations (page 6 onwards)


URL BBC Bitesize - Weimar and Nazi Germany


Page Weimar Republic - The Ruhr and Hyperinflation


Page Adolf Hitler Overview


Page The origins of the Nazi Party

Using the double sided handout complete the following

1/ Summarise the creation of the Nazi Party and it's ideas / policies?

2/ What were the characteristics of the Party?

3/ Explain the events of the Munich Putsch. Why did it fail? What were its consequences for Hitler and the Party?

URL The Nazis: A Warning From History - Episode 1: Helped into Power


Page The Nazi Rise to Power

Using the handout and your text book answer the following

1/ In what ways were the Nazi Party able to gain support and influence the political scene in 1932?

2/ Why did von Hindenburg refuse to give Hitler the Chancellorship in 1932? What did he do instead?

3/ Summarise the election results from November 1932. What can you infer from them?

4/ Why did the Chancellorship of von Schleicher only last 57 days?

5/ What was the reasoning behind Hindenburg eventually giving the Chancellor's job to Hitler? What did he think would happen?

URL Hitler - The Rise of Evil (Full Film on You Tube)
File How Hitler and the Nazi Party Gained Control IT Work
File How the Nazi Party Ganied Control PPoint


Page Decision: Why did the Nazis Gain Control?

Considering everything you have learnt and discovered about the period 1931-34, what was the most important factor in allowing the Nazi Party to gain control? It might be an event, a circumstance or a person. Try to compare your choice with other factors - you have exactly 203 words to explain your answer.

File Nazi Education Policy PowerPoint
Page Nazi Education Overview

Using the group work lesson information and the powerpoint listed above in Moodle explain

1. How the Nazis controlled and manipulated education in Germany?

2. Why did they think this was so important to their control of the state?

You must include the following words in your answers





Page Nazi Propaganda

1. List the different forms of propaganda used by the Nazis.

2. Which areas of life were targeted by propaganda? What messages were they trying to impose on society?

3. Why do you think that propaganda was so successful in Nazi Germany in the 1930's? Explain your answer using examples.

4. Which do you think would have been the most effective form of propaganda? Why?

File Nazi Propaganda Posters


File Hitler Youth and BDM IT Work
URL Young People in Nazi Germany Documentary (1/2)
Page The Nazi Economy

The Nazis and the Economy

1. What policies did the Nazi Party introduce to try and revive the German economy? How successful were they?

2. How did the Nazis combine leisure pursuits with economic policies (explain 'Strength through Joy' and its impact here)? Why did they do this?

3. What is meant by Autarky? Why did Hitler want to achieve this?

4. What impact do you think that Nazi Germany's economic success would have had on Hitler's control over Germany?

URL The Nazi Economy Animation
URL Video Timeline - Persecution of the Jews in Nazi Germany
URL Kristallnacht Documentary (1/5)
Page Nazi Germany and Persecution of the Jews

Use your text book, the videos linked above and the associated handout to complete the following tasks

1. Create a detailed timeline from 1933-39 outlining the events / laws / oppression that was carried out to persecute the Jewish population in Nazi Germany. Each event should be described in detail.

2. Why did Hitler and the Nazi leadership feel this way about the Jewish population?

3. Who were the SS and the Gestapo and what were their roles in persecuting Jews and other minorities?

4. Why is Kristallnacht (Night of Broken Glass) seen as such an important event?

5. How did the persecution of the Jews help Hitler's plans for the economy and education?

6. What were the Nuremberg Laws and how did they affect the Jewish population?

7. How did Jews try to avoid the worst excesses of persecution?

8. Which other minority groups were subject to persecution in Nazi Germany? Were they treated differently to the Jewish community or much the same? Give specific examples

Page Women in Nazi Germany

Using the handout and your text books answer the following questions

1. What were the three K's?

2. In Nazi ideology, what was the role of women in society?

3. How did the Nazi state encourage women to fulfil their role? Think about both incentives and restrictions

4. In what ways did the Nazi Party control and direct religion in their regime?

URL Operation Valkyrie Documentary


URL Film - Valkyrie (Tom Cruise)


Page Resistance to Nazi Rule

1. Why did some people actively oppose Nazi rule? What were their motivations?

2. Why do you think more people did not openly oppose Nazism, especially in the early years of the regime (1933-36)?

3. How accountable can the German people be held for what happened under Hitler's rule?

File White Rose and Kreisau Circle PP


File Germany in WW2 IT task

Germany in WW2 IT task

Topic 8 File iGCSE Exam Technique Guidance Document - Paper 1


File iGCSE Exam Technique Guidance Document - Paper 2


File iGCSE Exam Technique Guidance Document - Paper 4


URL John D Clare website
URL Complete Cold War Series on You Tube


URL Nazi Germany Revision Website - History on the Net


URL BBC Bitesize Vietnam Revision - Revision / Video / Test
URL Vietnam Revision Website - Very Detailed and Interactive
URL History Channel - Vietnam (Excellent summaries, short videos, commentaries)


URL GCSE Podcasts - John D Clare site


Topic 9 File A Level Exam Guidance - Normans


File British Source Paper Overview PPoint
File British Source Paper - 30 Mark Essay Planning Sheet


File British Source Paper - 70 Mark Essay Planning Sheet


File AS Normans 30 Mark Exam Technique


URL The Normans - BBC Series (3 parts)


Page England Before the Normans

Using Chapter 1 in your text books, make notes on what England was like in the years before the Norman Conquest. Think about structure of society, invasions, government, important leaders and economics.

URL Schama - Conquest on You Tube
URL Battlefield Britian Video - Hastings (Dan and Peter Snow)
URL Hastings Video - War Walks

war walks

URL Battle of Stamford Bridge Podcast - BBC In our Time History Series


File Castles PP
File Feudal System PP
File Land Redistribution PP
File The Two Williams and the Church
File William II PowerPoint


Page William II - Security and Goverment

Using your text books, the Huscroft chapter and the internet, summarise the following

1/ What threats did William Rufus have to face upon taking the throne - foreign and domestic? How well did he secure his crown?

2/ How did William II organise his government (courts, taxes, advisors)? Did it differ greatly from his father?

3/ How did William Rufus die? In what position had he left England by 1100?

File IT work on William II


URL William II Biography by Frank Barlow - Google Books


File Normans Jan 09 Exam Paper
File Normans Jan 09 Mark Scheme
File Normans Jun 09 Exam Paper
File Normans Jun 09 Mark Scheme
File Normans Jan 10 Exam Paper
File Normans Jan 10 Qb Exemplar Answer
File Normans Jan 10 Mark Scheme
File Normans Jun 10 Exam Paper
File Normans Jun 10 Mark Scheme
File Normans Jan 11 Exam Paper
File Normans Jan 11 Mark Scheme
File Normans Jun 11 Exam Paper
File Normans Jun 11 Mark Scheme
File Normans Jan 12 Exam Paper
File Normans Jan 12 Mark Scheme
File Normans Jun 12 Exam Paper
File Normans Jun 12 Mark Scheme
File Normans Jan 13 Exam Paper
File Normans Jan 13 Mark Scheme
File Normans Jun 13 Exam Paper
File Normans Jun 13 Mark Scheme
File Normans Jun 14 Exam Paper


File Normans Jun 14 M Scheme

m scheme

Page LW Homework - Stability in 1035

LW Homework - Stability in 1035

Page LW HW Edward as King

LW HW Edward as King

Page LW Edward and the Normans

LW Edward and the Normans 

Page Edward and the Godwins

Edward and the Godwins

Page How secure was Harold’s position as king of England?

How secure was Harold’s position as king of England? 

Page William's preparations

William's preparations

Page LW Battle of Hastings

LW Battle of Hastings

Page William's new elite

William's new elite

Page LW Half Term Homework

LW Half Term Homework

Page LW Castles and Cathedrals

LW Castles and Cathedrals 

Page LW Domesday

LW Domesday

Topic 10 File A Level Exam Guidance - USA


URL Our American Revolution Website


URL America in Class Website - excellent primary source material


URL Yale University Lectures on You Tube - The American Revolution


Page European Colonies in North America

task 1

Page The British Colonies in North America - Part 1


Page The British Colonies in North America - Part 2

Read pages 8 to 14 in your text books and answer the following questions

1/ What were the main features of the Colonial Economy? Main industries, how they differed between territories and what benefits did they bring to Britain and to the Colonies?

2/ What was meant by Mercantilism? Explain the mercantile system, how it operated and how it was regulated by the Navigation Acts.

3/ Did Mercantilism benefit both Britain and the Colonies?

4/ What were the main features of Colonial society? How important was religion and what was the Great Awakening? How was education provided?

Page The Seven Years' War Projects

You will be divided into 3 groups to look at the context of the Seven Years' War on the start of the American Independence movement

Each group must produce a presentation on their section of the conflict. This will include some visual stimulus (powerpoint, video etc), a double sided A4 handout of information and a short role play that brings to life a key event or concept. 

Group 1 - The Causes of the 7 Years' War

Your project must focus on the build up of tensions before 1756, looking at the relationships between Britain, France and Spain, previous conflicts that had an impact, the motives for each country going to war and what they hoped to achieve. Was the war fought anywhere else but the Americas, for example?

Group 2 - The Events of the 7 Years' War

You will look at the fighting of the war itself, including famous battles, which side was winning at  particular points in time, the nature of the fighting and where it took place, who was on each side, the problems faced by fighting a lot way from home and the eventual reasons for the victors' success.

Group 3 - The Consequences of the 7 Years' War

What was the impact on each of the combatant countries, and on their colonial land? How did the conflict impact the colonies in terms of attitude towards colonialism, their own self confidence, economic standing and military strength? What was the biggest consequence of the conflict?

You will have two IT room lessons to complete this task, after which you will present your work to the other students in the class.

Page Britain in 1763 - Situation Report

Using pages 20-25 in your text books, summarise the following

1/ What was the social, political and economic situation in Britain at the end of the 7 Years' War?

2/ What was the key debate about the nature of the relationship between Britain and the Colonists in 1763? Summarise the differences and make a tentative judgement on which is more persuasive.

File Expert Report Template


Page The Boston Tea Party - Film Pitch

The Boston Tea Party - The Director's Cut

Your task is to construct a movie pitch for a film entitled The Boston Tea Party

You must produce a 10/15 minute pitch for the film, including a trailer, a movie poster and a suitable instrumental theme tune, to tell the astonishing narrative of this event. You should have three parts to the pitch, outlining the causes of The Boston Tea Party, the events themselves and the consequences of The Boston Tea Party

You will be in 2 groups

1/ A Colonial production company, reflecting the Tea Party in their own particular way

2/ A Loyalist production company, reflecting the events in Boston in their own way

You must make these pitches interesting, fun and appealing to an audience - but they must be based on the factual narrative of the Boston Tea Party and its consequences for Anglo-American relations and the city itself.

URL Boston Tea Party Museum Website


Page The Intolerable Acts

In the wake of the Boston Tea Party, the British Government passed a number of acts designed to weaken the colonial rebellion in America. The colonists came to call these acts the 'Intolerable Acts'. Using your text books and the internet, list and summarise the main acts that were passed, what they were designed to do and how this impacted the relationship between Britain and the colonies.

In your opinion, which of these acts would have been the most 'Intolerable' to the colonial rebels?

Page The First Continental Congress


Page The Two Armies at the start of the War

Using the handouts, make notes on the tactics in use at this time.

Then, in pairs, each of you is responsible for becoming an expert in either

a/ British forces and their allies

b/ American forces and their allies.

You have this lesson and homework to complete this task - next lesson you will be teaching each other about the different sides and assessing their strengths and weaknesses.

File Battle Tracker


Page The Second Continental Congress

Your task is to produce a double sided information sheet on the Second Continental Congress. You should have a little context on the First Congress, the relevant facts about the Second as well as any important decisions, documents and individuals associated with the Congress.

Just one catch - these sheets are to be written for my Y7 form. They need to be pitched at their level, which means taking and understanding all the complex information and distilling down to work manageable for 11 and 12 years old. Also, your work should only cover the Congress from May 1775 to June 1776 (the eve of declaring independence)

Good luck, you should also include 3 or 4 important pictures or images. 

URL Bunker Hill Documentary - 15.00 to 22.00 mins

you tube

Page Locke and Paine - Philosophical Influences on the Colonists

Use the handout on Locke and pages 67-68 in your text books, summarise the main ideas behind Locke and Paine's philosophies on government and how this may have struck a chord with the colonists.

Page The Situation in 1776

1/ Make notes on pages 77-83 in your text books on the situation in 1776, as the real hostilities broke out. Cover all the sub heading sections on these pages.

2/ Listen to Prof Freeman's lecture 17 (first 18 mins) to get a sense of what she sees as key determinants in the nature of the war, especially what each side would see as victory.

3/ Fill in the battle template for the Battle of New York and Long Island using the video clip shown and the associated handout.

URL US Revolutionary War Interactive Battle Map


File US Revolutionary War Battle Tracker Template


URL Battle of Charleston


File Battle Tracker - Savannah and Charleston
Page Designing a new country - A New US Constitution


Page The Articles of Confederation Overview - Starting a nation

Using pages 116-117 in your text book ...

1/ Note down the main points of the 1776 Articles of Confederation

2/ What do you think were the main strengths and weaknesses of the Articles?

Turn to page 131-138

1/ Summarise the political situation in America from 1781-87. Include areas on economic and financial problems, relations with foreign countries and some thoughts on why the Articles in draft form may not have been effective in creating a coherent new nation state.

URL Articles of Confederation Overview Video Link


Page The American Constitution 1787 - A Play

Your group has been given the task of producing a three act play on the Constitution of the United States. Your job is to bring to life these events in the build up, creation and ratification of this document. As well as being responsible for your group you will also have to liaise a little with the other groups so that each act flows into the next, leading to a coherent play of around 20-30 minutes. You should be able to portray important characters as well as the factual struggle over the document and its implications for the United States post 1787.

Act 1 - Beginnings

- The crises in the fledgling United States

- The Articles of Confederation and their weaknesses

- The need for a national government and constitution

Act 2 - The Constitution

- The ideology of the Constitution and the process of writing it

- What was the Constitution - how did it differ from the Articles?

- The Philadelphia Convention - key men and key outcomes

Act 3 - Ratification

- Reaction to the Constitution - how was it received?

- Federalist v Anti Federalist

- How did the Constitution become ratified? Conclusions

You will have three lessons to create, rehearse and prepare your play, including homework. It should be detailed and factually accurate - as well as some dramatic flair to bring your ideas to life. I have booked some IT rooms and some drama space for you which I will let you know each lesson.

Performance Dates

Group 12/1 (large group)  Monday 14th March P3 in Hall

Group 12/4 (small group)  Thursday 17th March P6 in Hall

Break a leg ...

Page Writing and Ratifying the US Constitution

Using the info from your play, your knowledge of the Articles of Confederation and pages 139-161 complete the following

1/ What stimulated the desire to meet in Philadelphia for the Constitutional Convention in May 1787?

2/ Explain the different views on the best way forward brought to the convention and how the 'Great Compromise' worked in terms of bringing about agreement.

3/ Who were the main characters responsible for driving the process forward?

4/ List the main features of the US Constitution and how it structured the increased role of central / federal government. What were its main strengths and weaknesses (especially in relation to the Articles of Confederation it replaced)?

5/ Explain the views of the Federalists and the Anti Federalists and how they forwarded their ideas

6/ Explain the process of ratification - what was needed, how was it achieved and key events / moments along the way.

URL Constitutional Convention Video


Page America's First Govt

Read pages 164-175 in the text books and cover the following

1/ Creation of Washington's first government

2/ The Bill of Rights

3/ Washington's cabinet

4/ Who was Alexander Hamilton?

5/ Opposition to Hamilton's plans and the Jefferson v Hamilton debates (inc the rise of Republicanism)

Page The 1796 Election - the end of the course

Read and make notes on pages 181-183 on the 1796 election and the end of Washington's presidency

Page Key Biographies Task

Use the internet to design a double sided sheet with these key figures summarised - good revision start

George Washington

John Adams

Samuel Adams

Benjamin Franklin

Thomas Jefferson

Alexander Hamilton

James Madison

John Hancock

John Jay

File A Level Essay Guidance


Topic 12 File Coursework Questions for China 2018


File China Coursework PP Guidance


URL Historical Association Podcasts - Modern China
URL History of China Podcasts
URL China in Revolution 1911-49 Documentary


Page The Rise of the CCP 1935-45

Key topics for consideration

·       The CCP at Yan’an after the Long March

·       The policies of Mao – Military / Social / Political / Economic

·       Soviet support in this area and its importance

·       Relations with GMD Govt.

·       2nd Popular Front 1937-45

Page The Chinese Civil War 1945-49

Key topics for consideration

·       The end of WW2 and the reasons for the split with the GMD

·       GMD Policies in this era / CCP policies in this era

·       The main events of the Civil War

·       The end result of the Civil War

·       Reasons for CCP Victory / Reasons for GMD defeat

Page The Consolidation of Communist Power 1949-53

For discussion next lesson

1. What threats did Mao and the CCP face after the Civil War?

2. How did the CCP consolidate their position in China in the short term after 1949?

Page Public Information Films - The First Five Year Plan and the Hundred Flowers Campaign


Page The First Five Year Plan and The Hundred Flowers Campaign

Using your two text books and the Moise handouts please complete the following tasks

1. Summarise the CCP's Land Reforms between 1949-56

2. Outline the main aspects of the First Five Year Plan

- Which areas of the economy were targeted and how?

- What types of targets were set?

- How successful was the First Five Year Plan overall?

3. What was the 'Hundred Flowers Campaign'? Why do you think Mao launched it?

File LW Hundred Flowers Campaign PPT
URL China's Great Leap Forward - CIA Video from 1958
URL People's Century: China Leaps Forward


Page The Great Leap Forward

The Great Leap Forward (2nd 5 Year Plan)

1. Explain the methods used in the Great Leap Forward to develop agriculture.

2. Assess whether these methods were successful or not

3. Explain the methods used in the Great Leap Forward to develop industry

4. Assess whether these methods were successful or not

5. Were there any positive aspects to come from this programme?

6. Was Mao's grip on China stronger before or after this programme?

Page The Power Struggle 1961-66

1. Who were Lui Shaoqi and Deng Xiaoping and how did they rise to prominence in this period?

2. Why did they appear to pose a serious threat to Mao's control?

3. What was the 'Little Red Book'?

4. What role did Mao's wife play in the power struggle?

5. Why were Lin Bao and the PLA so important in this period?

6. How did the power struggle end?

Page Cultural Revolution Overview

1. Insert and label pictures of the main characters involved on both sides of the Cultural Revolution. 

2. What were the ‘Four Olds’?

3. Why did Mao launch the Cultural Revolution?

4. Who were the ‘Red Guards’? You should reach here by Monday 16th January 2017

5. What was the first phase of the Cultural Revolution concerned with?

6. What was the ‘Red Guard Terror’? What impact did it have on Chinese society?

7. In what ways did this programme impact Chinese Culture (music, poetry, literature) and what was the thinking behind it? Who was the driving force of this aspect of the Revolution?

8. Summarise the main events and themes of the Cultural Revolution between 1966-69.

9. How did Mao deal with the worst excesses of the Cultural Revolution?

File Cultural Revolution IT Work
Page China After Mao

Using your text books and the handout answer the following questions

1. The Gang of Four

a/ Who were the 'Gang of Four'?

b/ Why were they put on trial?

c/ What happened to them?


2. Leadership after Mao

a/ Who was Hua Guofeng and how was he able to come to power?

b/ How did Deng Xiaoping first take, then consolidate, his role as leader of China? (1978 Third Plenum important here)

Page Deng's Economic Policies

Using your text books and the handouts summarise the following in note form

What reforms did Deng make to the following areas?

1/ Economic Policy

2/ Agriculture

3/ Industry and Commerce

Page Deng's Political and Social Policies

1. What was the 'one-child policy' and why was it introduced?

2. How and why did Denq Xiaoping oppose political reform in China before 1989?

3. Describe and analyse the events/causes leading up to the Tiananmen Square Massacre of 1989 (not the event itself)

File After Mao - Deng's Reforms PP
Page Tiananmen Square Massacre

1/ Using your notes from the video and pages 80-82 in your small text books to make detailed notes on the causes and events in Tiananmen Square in 1989

2/ Why did Deng's government react in this way to the protests?

3/ Overall, what do these events tell you about the development of China over the length of our course?

URL T Square Documentary

URL T Square Documentary - 22 parts / detailed
Topic 13 File A Level Exam Guidance - Warfare


File Overview Revision PP Part 1
File Overview Revision PP Part 2
File Steven Morewood - Napoleonic Warfare
File LW American Civil War Notes
File American Civil War Overview
File Gary Sheffield - WW1 warfare
File LW WW1 Lecture Notes
File Military Origins of WW1 PP
File LW The Rise and Fall of Bliztkrieg
URL How good was Napoleon?
URL Napoleon as a Military Commander: the Limitations of Genius
File History Today Article - Transport, Communications and Warfare
File Organisation of the State for War Revision Notes
File Clausewitz on War PP
File Michael Howard - Strategy of warfare
URL Colin Gray - Modern Strategy

Colin Gray - Modern Strategy

File Honig - Total War
File On the road to total war - ACW and German Unification
File Unification wars powerpoint

Unification wars powerpoint

File Battle Factfiles

Battle Factfiles

File Overview table

Overview table

Page Warfare Podcasts

Here is a link to a podcast on the Crimean War

And here is a podcast on War by Timetable, looking at transport, logistics etc

File Warfare - Blank Master Thematic Matrix


File SS Group 2017-18 - Master Matrix Updated


Page SS 1 - Overview of the French Revolutionary Wars 1792-1802

Using pages 25-33 in the grey books and 18-27 in the blue books, start to build a picture of the French Revolutionary Wars using the following questions as a guide.

1. Why did the French Revolution become a war between European countries?

2. What was the Levee en Masse, why was it introduced and how did it impact the effectiveness of the French Army?

3. How did the French organise their new huge army? Why did they structure it in this way?

4. Were there any major weaponry developments in this period and how did they affect the conduct of war?

5. What tactics and strategy were used by the French and their enemies in this period?

URL Napoleon Early Career Documentary


Page SS 2 - Napoleonic Strategy and Tactics


URL Napoleon PBS Documentary - Ulm and Austerlitz

5 mins onwards

URL SS - Austerlitz Doc (Captain Dale Dye)


URL SS - Battle of Borodino (Line of Fire doc)


URL SS - Battle of Waterloo (Line of Fire doc)


Page SS 3 - Napoleonic Wars Overview Questions


Page SS 4 - The Crimean War Overview


URL SS - Battle of Balaklava (Line of Fire doc)


Page SS 5 - The Franco Austrian War (The 1859 Italian War) Overview


URL SS - Battle of Solferino Video (impact on Red Cross)


Page SS 6 - The Prussian General Staff


Page SS 7 - Austro- Prussian War

Using the Wawro handout and the two text books summarise the following in relation to Prussia prior to the war of 1866

- Developments in weaponry

- Generalship

- Manpower

- Industrialisation and Economy

- Transport and Communications

- Tactics and Strategy

URL SS - Austro - Prussian War Video


URL SS - Weaponry and Infantry Tactics at Koniggratz Video


URL SS - The Franco-Prussian War Video


Page SS - Franco-Prussian War Part 1


URL SS - PBS Civil War Documentary - Episode 1


URL SS - PBS Civil War Episode Guide


URL SS - Yale University Lectures - The American Civil War


File SS - Article: Was the American Civil War the first Modern War?


Page SS - The First World War Intro


URL SS - WW1 Uncut Video Links - Weapons, Tactics etc


Page SS - WW1 Weapons


Page SS - WW1 Plans, Tactics and Strategy


URL SS - Verdun Video


URL SS - Line of Fire The Somme


Page SS - WW1 Propaganda and Economy

Using the relevant pages in your blue and grey text books, please make detailed notes on the use of propaganda and the impact of industrial economies on World War One. Your focus should not only be on the narrative of their role but also very closely focused on the impact they had on the nature and conduct of the war. did this mark a change from what had gone before, or merely a continuing escalation?

Page SS - Summary of WW1

Using pages 99-100 in the grey book and 145-47 in the blue books, summarise the First World War. Include some conclusions on the key factors in the fighting of the war, identifying the significant areas of change and continuity and also the crucial factors in deciding the nature of warfare. Completing your template here will be a good idea.

URL SS - WW1 Summary Lecture


Page SS - WW2 Blitzkrieg Tactics


URL SS - WW2 Blitzkrieg Video


URL SS - 20th Century Battlefields - Stalingrad


URL SS - Generals at War - Stalingrad


URL SS - El Alamein Documentary


URL SS - El Alamein Documentary - Generals at War


Page SS - El Alamein and Tanks

Using El Alamein and Blitzkrieg as examples, explain how tanks were utilised in WW" and also the major differences in their use from WW1.

File SS - Internal Combustion Engine - Notes Page


Page SS - D Day Overview


URL SS - Planning D Day Short Film


URL SS - D Day IWM website


URL SS - World at War - Morning (D Day)


URL SS - D Day BBC Animation


Page SS - WW2 Propaganda and Public Opinion


URL SS - WW2 Economy Animation (4 parts)


Page SS - WW2 Economy Notes


File LW battle template

LW battle template

File Warfare Sample Paper - Specimen


File June 2017 - Warfare Paper


Topic 14 File Proposed Washington Itinerary


URL ESTA website - US Security Clearance Website
You must complete your electronic security clearance for the US well in advance of our flight. The Christmas holidays will be a good time to do this
Page Flight and Hotel Details


File Final Washington Checklist


URL Washington DC Interactive Map


URL Hotel Harrington - Washington DC
URL Smithsonian Museum
URL The White House
URL US House of Representatives
URL US Senate
URL Washington Wizards Basketball
URL Gettysburg National Military Park
URL Arlington National Cemetery
URL Library of Congress
URL US Supreme Court
URL Ford's Theatre


Topic 17 URL Retrospect: Issue 1

Retrospect: Issue 1

URL Retrospect: Issue 2

Retrospect: Issue 2

URL Retrospect: Issue 3

Retrospect: Issue 3

File Retrospect: Issue 4

issue 4