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Gunpowder Plot School Resources

Gunpowder, Treason and Plot

Format: Video

These resources are are designed to support Key Stage 2, Key Stage 3, and Key Stage 4 students learn about Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot.

Discover stories, artifacts and locations connected to the event, as well as classroom activities.

The resources include:

  • dramatised video of the story of the Gunpowder Plot
  • classroom quiz
  • discussion topics
  • image bank
  • background notes and articles.

Resource Information

Key Stage

  • Home Educators
  • KS2 (age 7-11)
  • KS3 (age 11-14)
  • KS4 (age 15-16)
  • KS5 (age 16+)

Subjects

  • English
  • History

Topic

  • Crime & Punishment
  • Stuarts

Type

  • For the classroom

Palace

  • Tower of London

The Gunpowder Plot and Guy Fawkes | Classroom video

A five-minute video telling the story of the Gunpowder Plot. This video contains dramatised sequences and narration suitable for students. Not recommended for KS1.

Classroom Quiz

Closeup shot of a gunpowder plot letter prop used in Schools Gunpowder plot video

Play along on an interactive whiteboard or tablet. Or use the plain text questions and answers.

These questions consolidate key facts from the Gunpowder Plot video. 

  1. What was Guy Fawkes’ role in the gunpowder plot? 
  2. What was the name of the mastermind behind the plan? 
  3. What was the name of the King who the plot attempted to blow up? 
  4. How many barrels of gunpowder were hidden in the vault?  
  5. On which date do people celebrate ‘Bonfire Night’?  
  1. Guy Fawkes' role in the Gunpowder Plot was gunpowder expert. He would light the fuse.
  2. The Gunpowder Plot was the idea of Robert Catesby. 
  3. The King at the time of the Gunpowder Plot was James I of England, VI of Scotland.
  4. 36 barrels of gunpowder were hidden in the vault under the Houses of Parliament.
  5. Bonfire Night is celebrated on the 5th November each year. 

Guy Fawkes at the Tower of London | Behind the Scenes

A three-minute video revealing the locations connected to Guy Fawkes' interrogation at the Tower of London. 

Image Bank

A selection of images from the Tower of London relating to the Gunpowder Plot. These images can be saved individually or the set can be downloaded as a PowerPoint file.

Image Bank PowerPoint

A PowerPoint file containing the images. Please see the 'Notes' on each slide for background information.

Background information and deeper study

Resources to support advance students with deeper study or to provide background information to teachers. 

Extra reading

An article about Guy Fawkes and the events that took place at the Tower of London.

Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot

Facts and figures

An article from the Houses of Parliament providing facts and figures about the Gunpowder Plot.

Gunpowder Plot facts and figures on Houses of Parliament

Hear from the experts

A 25 minute podcast with curator Alden Gregory that takes you behind-the-scenes into the King’s House at the Tower of London. This is the location where Guy Fawkes was interrogated. 

Listen to the podcast on Libsyn

Guy Fawkes' Lantern

See Guy Fawkes' lantern and discover more about this object on Teaching History with 100 Objects.

See Guy Fawkes' Lantern on Teaching History with 100 Objects

They shall receive a terrible blow this parliament, and yet they shall not see who hurts them.

The Monteagle Letter

I wish to blow the Scottish King and all of his Scottish lords back to Scotland

Guy Fawkes declares in front of the King

The nature of the disease required so sharp a remedy.

Robert Catesby

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