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1000 years of history in one World Heritage Site

1000 years of history in one World Heritage Site

About this session

Key Stage 3 | Subject: History | Topics: Normans, Tudors, Historic Environment | Session Type: Depth study

1000 years of history in a single day! In this session, students will discover the changing functions and uses of the Tower over time through critical examination of primary source material.

This depth study allows students to examine primary source material, including surviving buildings and historic artefacts, to test how far the changing roles of this iconic site reflect the currents of local and national history.

Learning Objectives 
Students will:

Review a range of primary evidence to consider the varying functions of the Tower across time.
Study the specific value of physical primary evidence and how it creates debate and contrasting arguments about history.

National Curriculum links
This session supports:

  • Understanding the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discerning how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.
  • Knowing and understanding the history of these islands as a coherent, chronological narrative, from the earliest times to the present day: how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
  • Understanding historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and using them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends and frame historically-valid questions.

 

Booking information

Availability
Monday and Tuesday
10.30
Duration
2.5 hours
Capacity
Up to 35 pupils
Price
£190 plus admission

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