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Medieval Lives: Section 2

Were medieval people very different from us?

This is the first of two sections helping students get a sense of their shared humanity with the people of the past – they weren’t an alien life-form. This section explores similarities and differences in emotions, in aspects of everyday life and in parents’ relationships with their children. Section 3 will explore what mattered to medieval people (e.g. honour, family, loyalty, religion, respect). I’ve started with these topics so that students understand the ideas in people’s minds before studying the actions they took (e.g. in 1066). They’ll better understand the complexity of events if they have already thought about the ideas that were important to contemporaries.

This section was revised and simplified in August 2021.

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Download the full set of revised resources here.

Note: These resources all have 'Rev1' in the file name to distinguish them from the original (superceded) resources.

• Student Text HERE …

• Student PowerPoint HERE …

• Teacher Notes HERE …

Latest Medieval
Classroom Resources

Read: If you had been 12 in the Middle Ages

When were the Middle Ages?

1. What are your ideas about the Middle Ages? (revised Aug. 2021)

2. Were medieval people very different from us? (revised Aug. 2021)

3. What kinds of things mattered to people in the Middle Ages?

4. Telling Your Big Story of Medieval Britain (revised Aug.2021)

The Wars of the Roses: a package for KS3

Journey to the Middle Ages: A Scripted Drama

What kinds of things mattered? – Role card activity

Read: Did Margery Paston's story have a happy ending?

Read: William Caxton's Choices


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A list of articles explaining the ideas and planning behind the classroom resources is available HERE …