The Scoop - The Normans and the White Tower

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About this learning resource

Format: Video

Welcome to The Scoop! Join Jezebel Factsman and her team of historical experts to uncover how the Normans constructed the White Tower. The White Tower has stood at the centre of the Tower of London as an iconic symbol of royal power for almost one thousand years.

This video series has been specifically designed to support teachers and students studying the Norman Conquest as part of the new GCSE AQA syllabus.

National Curriculum links

  • Use the Tower of London as a primary source to weigh historical evidence.

Learning objectives

  • Students will develop an understanding of the primary and secondary evidence for the physical appearance and daily activity of the Norman White Tower.
  • Students will critically evaluate the respective strengths and limitations of using the available evidence as a basis for modern historical interpretation.
  • Students will explore second-order concepts of change, continuity, cause and consequence in the White Tower's use and development from 1066-1100.

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Resource Information

Key Stage

KS4 (age 15-16)

Subject

History Archaeology

Topic

Normans

Type

For the classroom

Palace

Tower of London

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A selection of primary and secondary image and written sources designed to support GCSE students studying the Normans.

Key Stage

KS4 (age 15-16)KS5 (age 16+)

Subject

History

Topic

Normans

Self-guided historical enquiry designed to support GCSE students studying the Normans, in particular the AQA historic environment of Norman England.

Key Stage

KS4 (age 15-16)KS5 (age 16+)

Subject

History

Topic

Normans

Anne Boleyn married Henry VIII, but ended up imprisoned in the Tower.

Key Stage

KS2 (age 7-11)KS3 (age 11-14)

Subject

History

Topic

TudorsCrime & Punishment

Children depict the imprisonment of Guy Fawkes in the Tower of London for his role in the Gunpowder Plot, 1605.

Key Stage

KS2 (age 7-11)

Subject

History

Topic

StuartsCrime & Punishment

The first person prisoner at the Tower, and also the first escapee!

Key Stage

KS2 (age 7-11)KS3 (age 11-14)

Subject

History

Topic

NormansMedievalCrime & Punishment

The 'nine days queen' was imprisoned and executed at the Tower.

Key Stage

KS2 (age 7-11)

Subject

History

Topic

TudorsCrime & Punishment