What was Britain Like in 1509?

What was Britain Like in 1509?

Title: What was Britain Like in 1509

L.O: Examine what Britain was like in 1509

Summarise England’s relationship with its neighbouring countries

Contrast Britain in 1509 with Britain today


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course text book

Lesson starter: Handout printed copy of pgs 6and7 for students to stick into books. key questions to answer as part of starter:

Q. Which century were each of the following events in?

  • The glorious revolution
  • The Great Fire of London
  • First performance of a Shakespear play
  • Death of Henry VIII
  • James I unites Scotland with England

Q. Now put the five events above in the correct chronological order on a timeline (in order in which they happened, from first to last)


Main Development:

Task 2: Examine what Britain was like in 1509: Watch the below clip and make bullet points on what life was like for people in the 1500s

Task 3: Role play – selected students read out the different personalities from page 8 of the text book to gain an insight into what life was like in 1509. Questions to follow after the role play exercise. The personalities include:

  • Henry VIII
  • A baron
  • Catherine of AragonImage result for drama
  • An Irish Chief
  • A Welshman
  • A student
  • A politician
  • A villager
  • A priest
  • A Scotsman

Key questions for you to answer:

Q. What was life like for most of the population?

Q. What is the relationship like between England and Scotland?

Q. What is life like for politicians and students?

Q. How is religion viewed in Britain in 1509?

Q. Who are the baron’s and how do they view the King?

Q. How much of control does England have over Wales and Ireland?


Task 4: Now have a read of pg. 9 from your course text book and answer questions 1 and 2. You must use sources A and B to help you with your responses…



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Task 5: Plenary – How does your life compare to someones life in Britain in 1509?

Create a table with two columns, one titled “life in Britain in the 1500s” and one titles “my life in 2019”. List 5 key points from what you have learnt today about life in the 1500s in Britain and list 5key points about your own life – how do they compare?

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