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History at key stages 1 and 2    (Year 5/6)

Unit 19: What were the effects of Tudor exploration?
Section 7: What impact has Tudor exploration had on our lives today?



Children should learn:
  • to recall and summarise what they have learnt about voyages of exploration
  • to select appropriate material and to present it to show their understanding of exploration in the Tudor period and its impact on life today




Ask them to consider each of the items on their list under three headings: 'No impact on life today', 'Impact on life today' and 'Not sure'.

Discuss their findings and agree a list of those things that have had a lasting impact.

  • recall and categorise information about exploration in Tudor times
  • show understanding through discussion of the impact of Tudor exploration on life today

Points to note

It is important that children have an opportunity to summarise what they have learnt.

Children should be encouraged to consider possible negative impacts (such as tobacco, prejudice/racism, war with other countries/colonies) as well as positive impacts (such as potato, maize, more accurate maps).

Sections in this unit

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1. How did knowledge of the world change during the Tudor period?
2. Why did the Tudors explore outside Europe?
3. How did people explore the world in Tudor times?
4. Why did Drake circumnavigate the world?
5. Why did the Roanoke settlement fail?
6. What were the effects of the English settlement on the people living in America?
7. What impact has Tudor exploration had on our lives today?