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GCSE Exams: "Wot the kids rote"
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You have spent two years teaching Amy and Jamie and then they sit their GCSE examination. What did they remember last summer of your scintillating rendition of the American West or the lesson on the creation of the National Health Service ... read on to find out ....


In the 1978-79 winter of discontent this was when there was thousands of workers on strike and the government got the army to kill them.


The Greeks were heretics in a Christian country. But not forgotten.


The Romans couldnít read or write so they had to draw pictures.


The group at the bottom would be working class peasants then managers then Kings and Queens.

Some Prime Ministers have no respect for the Monarchy because; Disraeli flattened Queen Victoria  

and commenting on sources the kids said, "if the source didnít have what was written by the side of it then I would think it was something else."

"The cartoon is very confusing you canít make out what it is."




The Pope supported the Spanish Armada because they were going to bomb the Popes village so he thought if he supported the Spanish Armada it will stop them.

The statement that Elizabeth had once said Ďwhen the wind blows they all scatteredí she meant that about men because so many had been horrible to her.

The Spanish didnít think Sir Francis Drake was a good doctor.

One of the disagreements in Elizabethan England was that I believe she was half Welsh and gave rousing speeches.

Elizabeth claimed Northern Ireland which her Dad had set up for her.


Railways were very important to people who canít get anywhere. People liked catching trains rather than walking.

I think that the navies had an easy life because they could go out and have fun and then go to work the next day to build the railways. But they also had a hard life because they would have to make sure they had the correct uniform on and build railway lines all day.

The Liverpool to Manchester railway was used by posh folks who could afford it but others were soon able to catch the train.

Ö they would have competitions and money would be won for the best train. George Stephenson won all the races.

The building of the Liverpool to Manchester railway was important because children and women had to get to place to place because of the war.


Transportation was used as a punishment so that people spent a lot of time away from family and friends.

Robin Hoodís tax men take all of the money to give to the King who sits in his castle.

Source F shows me how people got the message across to pay taxes. Instead of getting a cross letter and a threat from the bailiffs you get told you will die.


President Hoover was named after a large dam in Tennessee.

Hooverville is the name of a vacuum cleaner that was invented when Hoover was President.

Freedom and hatred went on for about three weeks in America in this three weeks everyone went around smashing windows also a lot of fights were happening.

Prohibition failed because the women had started a campaign to try and help them be able to vote.

Prohibition was set up in the 1920s in America to contain people to drink.

Prohibition failed because people were having too much fun so the number of alcoholic drinks was limited.

A Hooverville was a place in which Herbert Hoover had power in. It was named a Hooverville because Hoover was unpopular at this time and didnít do anything for America so they named it Hooverville to get back at him.

The Wall Street crash happened because they had all this money and nothing to do with it. They brought out a new car and everybody got one so they built roads so they could go places. Then the depression set in because they had spent all the money on new cars.

Roosevelt was a bit of a coward but he knew where all the rich people lived and scammed money from them.

Everybody was happy when Roosevelt became President but he died three years later because he had a disease that could not be cured.

Ö in 1935 this was during the war, the source is saying that the USA did not want to get involved as it did not want to go through the depression again.

and in the West ... Americans tried to kill off the Indians to keep them in a refined area.


The Nazis promised many things such as a new country and a Beetle car.

Goering was trying to impress the Germans by saying he wanted one hundred sacks. He wanted all of the community on his side because he was trying to make Hitler look bad.

The Gestapo helped to keep the Nazis in power because they voted for them.

World War I

Zeppelin raids on Britain were not common but the response was really good.

The only sad point was when a relative died this was often as the generals was not that good.

Commenting on a 1915 advertisement for holidays  Öthis was when Britain came into some money, Britain could afford to practically give holidays away..

If the women of Britain ate less then they would starve and wouldnít be able to cook more bread for the soldiers to eat.

Some people did not have a good war at all they were ill every day.


The USA won the Cuban missile crisis as the USSR decided to go to Cuba by boat.

The Bay of Pigs invasion was to blockade the West of Berlin receiving any food or necessities.


The Marshall Plan was called the Marshall Plan because it was discovered by a man called Marshall.

Medicine through where?

Chance played a big part in medicine because with chance they had a random guess of what was causing the illness.


In prehistoric times people died of unbalanced humours.

People in prehistoric times treated illness by injection but they never sterilised the needles.


Prehistoric people treated illness by cutting off arms and legs etc. and giving some whiskey.

The improvements in public health are like a good story with a happy ending.


The cartoon was published in 1858 because that was when the Romans came to realise that the water was killing people.

At that time (1858) people had to pay off debts they had to give so much money out that they were left with nothing so they died.


The Thames was made into a large cesspool instead of each person having their own.

The NHS was introduced in 1848, 2 years after the Black Period.


The Black Death made people ill and skinny.

Religion helped medicine a lot. The Church came up with the idea of the four elements. God sent the church messages to heal people and the church built baths.


In the 1930s people didnít have a National Health Service they had to fight illness all on their own. So what can we learn from this medicine was when the NHS was built it took medicine into a hole different perspective.

During 1948 it was very different because so many people were getting free medicines such as Chloroform invented by John Simpson, this was used to put people to sleep. Chloroform also resulted in solvent abuse, this is an example of how medicines were misused. At the same time drugs also became bad because it was costing doctors too much to keep making them.


In those days (1948) all the men looked ill because the men went to work and the women stayed at home. This meant the men were more likely to catch diseases from people around them.

War helped the progression of medicine because when the French civil war took place it enabled nurses and doctors to carry out operations on real life victims. They found out about when you have an arm blown off you can sew it back on. But one of the most important findings was the elegance of Florence Nightingale. She held the light for the new way of medicine.


Florence Nightingale introduced clean hospitals and discovered germs caused disease.

Alexander Fleming discovered penicillin on milk churns and he became famous.


Pasteur is more important he found this because no milkmaids had smallpox so he obviously thought that cox pox is the vaccination.

Louis Pasteur is more important in history because he had the guts to prove penicillin worked, he developed anaesthetics and able to give pain relief. Many people in the Middle Ages believe he stole the limelight from Fleming.


Without Fleming, Pasteur would never have known about penicillin.

Amy's contribution to historical knowledge

Prehistoric people such as Alexander Fleming and Louis Pasteur treated illness by thinking of the things which could causing the people to get ill. Louis Pasteur discovered that if the four humours were out of balance it could have caused flu or head pains. Also there was a Temple discovered caused the Ascepious where people could visit if they were ill and this was said to be the Temple of Rest.  Alexander Fleming was an Egyptian he helped to make many advances to medicine and one of his main was the discovery of penicillin. He did this by using mould on old food, they lived with mould, which  is penicillin most of their days which is on old food which they couldnít afford to throw away.

Greek ideas came often from Louis Pasteur, the finder of the four humours. He discovered that there were four humours he put these with the four seasons. The Greeks went along with this idea of medicine because it wasnít often Louis Pasteur was wrong and it always seemed to be about the four humours.

And on the AMERICAN WEST (it was all about Law and Order!)

Towns like these suffered law and order because there was not a lot of space and there was a lot of buildings and people it would also get very unhygienic in winter because when it rains the roads were muddy and it would get into homes. It was also dangerous because there are a lot of trees and hills. The towns would get very busy with people and cattle, there was also plenty of shops for the public as well.

Law and order in the West was very secure and safe not many people did wrong. The people who worked for law and order were very confident and knew just what to do, they were also smartly dressed and were very safe and carried a gun at all times when working.. They wore sensible clothes for the job because it was hard walking around the streets keeping everything in place and keeping the children safe from harm.

The vigilantes didnít improve law and order in the American West. It was improved the American West and the country but not nessicerily law and order, just because they hung one person doesnít mean they improved law and order in the country and the American West by keeping everybody safe and not letting in intruders or asylum seekers. With the vigilantes doing this and saving five or six thousand pounds it was a positive gain.

When white Americans arrived on the Great Plains and realised that nobody had set up towns there they did it until they got joined by the Mormons and homesteaders. People travelled West to become homesteaders because they were living good and had nobody trying to move them because they had law and order and at first nobody knew about them living there anyway. Compared to the Mormons and the White Americans who couldnít find any land to live on the homesteaders had nothing to worry about.

The most successful in the West were the homesteaders because they already had law and order on their side which meant settling down and starting a family but the only problems they really had were intruders who were trying to steal their land and law and order. On the other hand the Mormons didnít have much, they often followed the White Americans around America, they had nowhere to set up home so they travelled a lot which made it difficult to start a family and they also had law and order to help them be safe.


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