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Teachers' Notes

Resource created by the National Civil War Centre


Curriculum Links

  • KS3 History: Development of church, state, and society in Britain (1509 – 1745): causes and events of the civil wars, the Interregnum, and the Restoration.
  • KS4 History: Thematic Early Modern British history


Learning Objectives

  • Learn to construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information
  • Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.


Activity Ideas

A series of downloadable resources are available to accompany each of the activities below (see 'Resources' section)

1-lesson activities

  • 1.2 Meet a Civil War Soldier
    Listen to soldiers as they introduce themselves and their equipment. Create illustrated factsheets
  • 1.3 How to Win a Civil War Battle
    Find out what was involved in leading an army to victory through card sort and discussion activities
  • 1.4 Fight a Civil War Battle
    Become cavalry commanders and find out how the war was fought.

Longer 2-4 lesson activities

  • 1.5 Find the Battlefield
    Work as historians and use sources to work out where the battle took place
  • 1.6 What happened to John Hussey?
    Examine John Hussey’s armour and find out what historians can learn from this fascinating object