Aims and objectives
This activity will help students understand the events leading up
to The Battle of Bosworth in 1485 and how the outcomes of the battle
changed the face of British history.
Although there are included substantial contextual and background
notes relating to the Wars of the Roses, it is recommended that
students undertake some preparatory classroom work first. Some of
the research links in the activity might help with this.
In the classroom
This activity supports the teaching of Unit 8 of the History National
Curriculum: Britain 1066-1500. Evidence and research material is
presented in a way which pupils can develop their historical skills.
There are many conflicting views and opinions regarding the 'truth'
of this particular historical event and so the activity makes an
engaging framework for pupils to interpret bias and decide fact
from fiction. In the activities they are encouraged to look at evidence
and events from differing perspectives and then use their imagination
to reconstruct alternative views.
In addition to all the evidence and research material, there are
suggested activities which can either be used as homework projects
or as classroom based activities.
If used with an interactive whiteboard, this resource can stimulate
excellent class discussions regarding the interpretation of history.
When the battle unit is played students can openly discuss the available
options and model outcomes based on decisions taken. Replaying this
unit and choosing different options allows students to ‘change
history’ and challenge historical assumptions/preconceptions.
|Support materials description:
|Support materials such as classroom ideas and
additional activities are integrated into the resource and accessible
via the ‘Activities’ link.
History – KS3:
1; 2c, e; 3a-b; 4a-b; 5c; 7a-c; 8
Acknowledgement for the development of this activity goes to Tony
Meechan, Senior Lecturer in History at the University of Central
England. Thanks also go to Leicester City Council, in particular
Richard Mackinder, a Ranger from the Bosworth Battlefield Visitor
Centre & Country Park for supplying additional information and
allowing access to the battlefield site.