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Key Stage 3: Industrial

TEAHow much can tea reveal to us about Britain from 1700? Add flavour and coherence to your industrial period unit with this special brew. Download an entire coherent SOW with 5 interlinking enquiries and creative end product. More…


British Empire PlateBritish Empire 1700-1900 package? Here we provide, 6 interlinking enquiries which make teaching the British Empire a joy. Starting with an antique plate, each enquiry stands up alone and ties in with the empire theme. Lots of creativity and rigour. More…


PeterlooHow much can tea reveal to us about Britain from 1700? Taking an ordinary tea set as its starting point, this lesson introduces some dark stories from Britain’s past. See the tea  article  for further guidance.  More…


Gin Should governments tax alochol? What lessons can we learn from the 1700s? This engaging enquiry shows  the value of history: can you students use the infamous Gin Laws to advise today’s government ? Does booze legislation actually work? More…



National Portrait Gallery
Does Richard Arkwright deserve his place on the walls of the National Portrait Gallery? Assess the significance of one of  founders of the Industrial Revolution using this highly engaging approach.   More…



Peterloo
How should we remember Peterloo? Excellent interpretations work where students are introduced to the tiny commemorative plaque on the wall of Manchester’s Free Trade Hall.   More…


What would you include in a design for a  tea cosy entitled our ‘national drink’? This imaginative  task helps your students get creative. What events would they include in a tea cosy design to tell the story of our national drink? More…



Queen Victoria
What connects our national obsessions for tea, coffee and clothes with an antique plate? The years of Empire have left a big imprint on our national psyche. This  active enquiry can serve as an introduction to teaching the Empire.   More..


slaveCould you prosecute the captain of the Slave Ship Zong? Exemplifying our approach to enquiry, this lesson uses the hook of a Turner painting and the story of events on the Zong to encourage students to tackle their ahistorical tendencies. More…


OpiumWhy did Britain and China go to war in 1840? The first  ‘Opium War’ unlocks some dark secrets about our past, making for great causation and interpretations work. This lesson provides a good assessment opportunity with clear mark-scheme.  More…

Indian M 2Does John D Clare get it right about the Indian Mutiny? This one off lesson  deals with some of the British Empire’s dark secrets in an engaging and rigorous way. Can your students do better than the famous textbook author?  More…

Irish Potato FamineWas Britain to blame for the Irish Potato Famine? Students grapple with a set of historical sources to work towards a conclusion as to who was to blame for the starvation of the Irish peasantry.  More…


John HallHow successful was the 1842 Mines Act?  Using the personal story of a Durham Miner, this enquiry allows students to evaluate the impact of government legislation on the lives of those it was meant to protect. More…


IR OWhere would you locate a museum to the Industrial Revolution?  Here the pupils  have to decide on the best location for the Museum of the Industrial Revolution. Can they use great history skills to do it? More…


ZuluWas Letitia Bunting right to walk out of Zulu? Zulu!  Just how accurate is it? Why did an elderly lady storm out of its premier? Your class will  debunk an interpretation before considering the tension between reel history and real history. More…

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