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1000 years of history in one World Heritage Site

1000 years of history in one World Heritage Site

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

The Tower of London is the site of nearly 1000 years of history. Discover the changing functions and use of the Tower over time through critical examination of primary source material.

This depth study will encourage students to critically examine primary source material including the buildings and historic artefacts and documents to test how far these sites reflect the changes in local and national history.

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Students will:

  • Know and understand 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.
  • Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance, and use them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends, frame historically-valid questions.
  • Understand how people’s lives have shaped this nation and how Britain has influenced and been influenced by the wider world.
  • Understand the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used rigorously to make historical claims, and discern how and why contrasting arguments and interpretations of the past have been constructed.

Booking information

Availability
Tuesday, Thursday
10.30
Duration
2.5 hours
Capacity
Up to 35 pupils
Price
£186 plus admission

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