These lesson plans are ideal for explaining the history of Bonfire Night and it's connection to Parliament. They focus on the key facts of the story of the Gunpowder Plot and enable discussion around the events that occurred and the people involved.
SEND accessible versions are also available on this page.
Additional differentiated resources for SEND pupils include:
These lesson plans support the History and Citizenship curricula for pupils aged 7-11.
All students should:
- be able to describe the key facts of the Gunpowder Plot
- learn about the influence of a significant individual from history
- understand differences in beliefs and attitudes between the time of the Gunpowder Plot and the present day
- express their opinion about the method the plotters decided to take to bring about change.
Most pupils should:
- understand that there are different perspectives on the story and have considered the plot from these different points of view.
- be able to suggest what sort of action people should take if they want to bring about change responsibly.
Some pupils should:
- be able to present a balanced case by offering justifications for the behaviour of the characters on both sides as well as give their own opinion on it.
Note: This lesson plan touches upon some sensitive topics such as religious intolerance, torture and capital punishment.
These lesson plans are accompanied by ready-made worksheets.
Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night lesson plan
Guy Fawkes presentation (SEND accessible)
Remember, Remember poem
Additional support for understanding the famous poem
SEND accessible lesson plan
Use with SEND students
SEND accessible worksheets
Poem, Character worksheets, True or False card sort and Fact file
Storyboard exercises (SEND accessible)
Four differentiated versions of the storyboard
Vocabulary support (SEND accessible)
Pre-learning vocab sheet and word mat
What is the opening of Parliament? (SEND accessible)
Addtional support to explain state opening of Parliament