GCSE sessions

Engraving of a combined plan and bird's-eye view of the Tower of London prepared in 1597.

The Tower in context: Reading the historic environment

Critically examine primary source material to test how far this site reflects the changes in local and national history.

Key Stage 4
Subject: History
Topics: Normans, Tudors, Historic Environment
Session Type: Depth study

White Tower at the Tower of London in daylight. North East side.

The Normans

A Norman fist on Anglo-Saxon soil? Charting the arrival and influence of the Normans in England, this session focuses on analysing the Tower buildings, including William the Conqueror's mighty fortress: the White Tower. 

Key Stage 4
Subject: History 
Topics: Normans
Session Type: Depth study

Illustration depicting Queen Elizabeth I (1558-1603) on her way to St Paul's Cathedral on 24 November 1588 to give thanks for England's victory over the Spanish Armada

Elizabeth I

Students will examine the Tower buildings and documentary evidence to reflect whether the Tower can be used as a barometer of national turmoil through crises, plots and religious unrest of this complex queen.

Key Stage 4
Subject: History
Topics: Elizabethans, Tudors
Session Type: Depth study