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British History Heroes

£14.50
SKU H34CS40200
Key Stage 2 Britain after 1066 Significant Individuals The Victorian Era History Year 3 Year 4

Take your class back in time to explore the lives and achievements of some of the people who we now consider to be ‘British history heroes’.

 
#TheCompleteSeries7lessons

Your class will explore the impact that the following people have had on our modern-day world: William Wilberforce, Elizabeth Fry, Lord Shaftesbury, Florence Nightingale, Emmeline Pankhurst and Winston Churchill. They will be encouraged to review evidence and give their own opinions of these people and their work.

With lesson plans, informative slides, activity ideas, differentiated worksheets and much more, these Year 3 and 4 history lessons contain everything you need to teach your children about some of the most famous British heroes.

This scheme of work is also part of a Topic Bundle. Perfect if you are teaching 'Achievers and Inventors' as a cross-curricular topic.

#Lesson1WilliamWilberforce

In this first lesson, children discuss their definitions of a hero. They are then introduced to William Wilberforce, and explore how he became involved in the campaign to abolish the slave trade. Children find out what the slave trade involved, and how and why Wilberforce and his supporters tried to stop it. In their independent work, children create posters, leaflets and speeches to support Wilberforce’s campaign. In the alternative activity, children hold a debate over the question; should slavery be abolished?

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Transatlantic Slave Trade Information Sheets
  • For and Against Slavery Cards
#Lesson2ElizabethFry

Children first learn about the effects of the Industrial Revolution on the population of, and crime levels in, towns and cities, and find out what prisons were like during this time. They are then introduced to Elizabeth Fry, and learn how her charity work led to the improved treatment of prisoners. In their independent activities, children further explore the causes and effects of Elizabeth’s actions. Alternatively, they are challenged to create a re-enactment of Elizabeth’s visit to Newgate Prison.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Cause and Effect Cards
  • Life Events Cards
  • Elizabeth Fry Information Sheet
  • Visit to Newgate Prison Sheet
  • Challenge Cards
#Lesson3LordShaftesbury

Children find out about the working conditions of Victorian children who were employed in the coal mines, in factories, and as chimney sweeps. They learn about Lord Shaftesbury’s role in trying to improve these conditions, and look at three important laws that he helped to pass. They also learn about ragged schools, and Lord Shaftesbury’s beliefs about, and involvement in, them. In their independent activities, children are encouraged to explore how different people may have felt about the passing of these laws at the time. In the alternative activity, children create a presentation using evidence packs about the working conditions of children in the mines.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Talk Show Instructions Sheet
  • Talk Show Character Cards
  • Mining Conditions Evidence Pack
  • Challenge Cards
#Lesson4FlorenceNightingale

Children first look at and describe some pictures of modern-day hospitals. They then explore what hospitals and nursing used to be like in the Victorian era. Children find out about the early life of Florence Nightingale, and her decision to become a nurse. They learn about the changes she made to a hospital she ran during the Crimean War, and how she continued to campaign to improve the hygiene and care in hospitals throughout her life. In their independent activities, children apply their knowledge of the differences Florence Nightingale’s work made to hospitals. In the alternative activity, they complete a timeline of the important events in her life.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • Picture Cards
  • Timeline Cards
  • Florence Nightingale Timeline
  • The Life of Florence Nightingale Sheet
#Lesson5EmmelinePankhurst

This lesson begins with children learning about the role of women in the 19th century. They find out how women began to speak out against their inequality with men, and in particular, how they wanted the right to vote. As a class, they explore and discuss the work of Emmeline Pankhurst and the WSPU, as well as looking at the role of women during the First World War. In their independent activities, children look in more detail at the different viewpoints of people at the time. In the alternative activity, children compare the actions of the WSPU and the actions of women during the war, and decide which had the most influence on women winning the vote.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Opinion Cards
  • Challenge Cards
  • Character Cards
  • Different Viewpoints Sheet
  • How Women Won the Vote Sheet
#Lesson6WinstonChurchill

Children first find out about the life of Winston Churchill before he became Prime Minister. They are encouraged to discuss his actions and how he might have been feeling at various points in his life. Children then look at Churchill’s actions during the Second World War, and find out how victory was finally achieved in 1945. In their independent activities, they arrange Churchill’s life events in chronological order, and infer his feelings for each event. Alternatively, children look at parts of Churchill’s famous speeches, and use question prompts to discuss them.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Life Event Cards
  • Feelings Word Bank
  • Feelings and Explanations Cards
  • Churchill’s Famous Speeches Sheet
  • Question Cards
#Lesson7WhoistheGreatestofThemAll

In this final lesson, children review the information they have learnt about the British history heroes from the previous lessons, and then explore which one of them they think is the ‘greatest’ in terms of the significance of the changes they made that impact on our lives today. In their independent work, children then create posters, leaflets or presentations to inform and persuade others that their chosen ‘hero’ is the greatest. Alternatively, children are briefly introduced to six more British history heroes, and choose one to research in more depth.

 

 

What's included:

  • Lesson plan
  • Slides
  • Activity ideas
  • Differentiated worksheets
  • What if…? Question Cards
  • Challenge Cards
  • Picture Cards
  • More British History Heroes Cards
  • Question and Answer Sheet
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Curriculum Objectives covered
  • KS2 - a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
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