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Year 7 - Big Changes 1485 - 1688

Half Term 5: 1485 - 1688

We will be teaching students about a new type of Christianity, Protestantism, that appeared in England in the early 1500s and the changes that resulted.  We will be covering the period 1485 – 1688.  As well as huge changes to religion this was the period when Parliament became more powerful than the monarch and when England had its first Queen. To help students get a feel for this very complicated period of history they will be faced with the same decisions that faced the people of the time.  They will be expected to make the same decisions regardless of the consequences!  Who will keep their head the longest?

Week 1

What are differences between Catholics and Protestants?  Students will be taught the key differences between the two types of Christianity (Catholic and Protestant) before deciding which they would have been if they had lived in the early 1500s.

Weeks 2 & 3

After a review of the Tudors students will be taught about Henry VIII and the Act of Supremacy and then religious changes during the reigns of Henry’s children.  They will be confronted with some of the Big Decisions faced by notable individuals such as Thomas More, Bishops Latimer and Ridley and Elizabeth I.  
Students will be expected to be able to describe the political and religious changes that took place between 1485 and 1603 and explain what they would have done if they had faced those tough decisions.  Would they have refused the Oath of Supremacy and had their head chopped off with Thomas More?

Weeks 4 - 6.

We will continue to teach students about the religious and political changes that took place but now focus on the period 1603 – 1688.  Students will be taught about the joining of the English and Scottish crowns in 1603, the English Civil War (1642 – 1649), the execution of Charles I in 1649, the restoration of Charles II in 1660 and the Glorious Revolution of 1688.  Again students will be faced with the Big Decisions faced by the people of the day and be expected to be able to explain what they would do and why.


Students are expected to be able to demonstrate their understanding of the changes that took place between 1485 and 1688 by describing what happened, explaining why so much changed and analysing the decisions that people made.  They will also be asked what their opinion is and what they think was the most significant change.

More Detailed Information

Family Trees for the Tudors can be found at
Tudor information can be found at

To Do

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To Watch

‘A Man for All Seasons’ an old film all about Sir Thomas More

If you wish to contact the Head of History by email, please address your email to:admin@gaynes.havering.sch.uk and mark it for the attention of the Head of History.

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