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Downloadable ideas sheets and a lesson plan designed to aid teaching and learning about Reading Abbey, both across the curriculum at KS3 and specifically in the history classroom.

You can deliver Reading Abbey as a one-off lesson, its own unit as a local history study, or successfully incorporate within existing schemes of work, such as Medieval Realms or the Tudors. Teaching with the loan boxes can be very useful in supporting the delivery of these broader historical periods as well as the Abbey itself by:

  • Aiding imagination and providing a tangible connection to the past
  • Promoting the development of questioning skills and learning by enquiry
  • Providing kinesthetic learning opportunities
  • Giving specific examples of common period objects from which students can draw out wider ideas

This lesson has been planned in conjunction with the loan box H16; however, it could be adapted for boxes H16/A and H16/B. These loan boxes contain objects from Reading Abbey. The lesson can be taught with a loan box or used as a springboard for further planning.

Lesson Objectives

By the end of this lesson students will be able to:

  • Investigate objects to uncover what Reading Abbey was like
  • Draw out the reasons why medieval people used Reading Abbey
  • Support a view of why Reading Abbey was ‘the place to be’ using objects and medieval characters

Lesson Resources

  • Reading Abbey Lesson
  • Resource 1: Object Investigation
  • Resource 2: Abbey Characters
  • Reading Abbey PowerPoint

Date updated: 20 Jan 2015


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KS3 Curriculum links

Document linking Reading Abbey with key concepts in History at KS3

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Abbey objects teaching ideas

Ideas for using objects in the history classroom, including links to other curriculum areas

86KB

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Reading Abbey lesson plan

One-off lesson to introduce students to Reading Abbey

93KB

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Reading Abbey object investigation

Investigate objects from Reading Abbey

209KB

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Reading Abbey characters

Character descriptions for use with the lesson plan

88KB

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