Key Stage 3 History: The Tudors: 2: Henry VIII – a Tale of Six Wives

In today’s Key Stage 3 History blog on the Tudors we look at the story of Henry VII and his six wives. My father was the definitive Tudor. He was strong, charismatic, intelligent – and a bit of a romantic. So romantic he worked his way through six wives! He married the first when he […]


Wider reading for A Level English Literature: 1: Getting Started with Victorian Literature

In a new series of A Level English Literature blogs, one of Oxford Home Schooling‘s tutors makes suggestions for wider reading. We start by looking at wider reading around Victorian Literature. Wider reading for A Level English Literature: 1: Getting Started with Victorian Literature Students are sometimes very surprised at the wide gap between GCSE […]


UCI, ULN, PLR, What does it all MEAN?

An answer to the question above will follow shortly. But perhaps, before we go into details, we should simply spell it out; UCI – Unique Candidate Number ULN – Unique Learning Number PLR – Personal Learning Record The LRS – Learning Record Service People in government and education seem to be obsessed with acronyms. New […]


Key Stage 3 History: The Tudors: 3: Henry VIII – the Reformation

I know I’m biased, but I believe my mother, Anne Boleyn, had the biggest impact on England out of all of my father’s wives. She was, after all, the instigator of the Reformation, one of the biggest changes to religion this country has ever seen. Father was brought up as a Catholic. In those days, […]


Key Stage 3 History: Medieval Life 10: Monks and Nuns

The last blog in our  Key Stage 3 History series takes a look at medieval monastic life. Monks and Nuns I knew it! I just knew the local monastery was up to no good! My husband has just got home from town with the gossip. Apparently, there are accusations flying around that the monks in […]


‘Key Stage 3 History: Medieval Life 9: What did Medieval People Believe about Heaven and Hell?’

‘In blog 9 in our Key Stage 3 History series we look at medieval beliefs. What did Medieval People Believe about Heaven and Hell? I have some sad news today. Old Mrs Miller from next door is really ill. It’s not likely she’ll live much longer. Still, she’s in her sixties, which is old in […]


Key Stage 3 History: Medieval Life 6: Causes of the Peasants’ Revolt

The sixth blog in our Key Stage 3 History series is about the Peasants’ Revolt. Causes of the Peasants’ Revolt Now, you know I’m not one for drama, but the whole world has gone mad! I never thought I’d see what I’ve seen in the last few days. The peasants are rebelling! All around Essex, Kent […]


Key Stage 3 History: Medieval Life 5: Life in Towns

In the last blog in our Key Stage 3 History series we looked life in the country. In blog 5 we look at life in a Medieval town. Life in Towns You think life in the country is bad? It’s no better in the towns for us poor commoners. I have to go to the nearest town […]


Key Stage 3 History: Medieval Life 3: The Black Death – Consequences

Here is the third in our series of Key Stage 3 History blogs on Medieval Life. In blog 3 we stay with the Black Death and examine its consequences. The Black Death – Consequences Well, the local priest isn’t going to find out about my thoughts about the causes of the Black Death – because […]


Key Stage 3 History: 8: Thomas Becket

In blog 8 of our Key Stage 3 History series we look at the dispute between Henry II and Thomas Becket. Thomas Becket What do you think? All these stories so far were told by my great grandad. He was a legend apparently. Goodness knows what he’d make of recent events! There we were thinking that […]


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