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Catalogue of IiS study units & other resources for Key Stage 3 history
Most of the following pages of resources are divided into three sections:
A. Single lessonsB. Study unitsC. Other resources
0. General
1. Ireland & the Normans
2. Ireland & the Tudors
3. Ireland & the Stuarts & Cromwell
4. Ireland under the Union: Famine & emigration
5. Ireland under the Union: 1916 & First World War
6. Ireland under the Union: Constitutional nationalism
7. Ireland & the Second World War: Evacuees & refugees
8. Northern Ireland  
9. Interpretation of Irish history
10. Overviews
Pages 0-8 are divided into two columns.

In the left hand column is the title of the lesson, study unit or resource.
The right hand column contains a description of the lesson, study unit or resource, with the appropriate url.

The last entries in the Other resources section usually relate to interpretation - notes on how different historians interpret the Irish past.

The description of the lessons and study units lists the titles of lesson, and, in many instances, the activities set for students.

Note on the scope for Ireland in the new Programme of Study

The new programme of study offers considerable scope for drawing on Ireland in History at Key Stage 3 - and for using the IiS teaching and learning materials noted above. 

Key concepts

As the mere list of resources shows, the lively, lengthy and controversial history of Ireland and Anglo-Irish relations addresses the key concepts underpinning the programme:

1.1 Chronological understanding

Tangled Anglo-Irish relationship

1.2 Cultural, ethnic and religious diversity

Catholics & Protestants, 'Saxons & Gaels'

Experience of Irish immigrants in Britain

1.3 Change and continuity

Survival of Irish customs & allegiances in

face of attempts at Anglicization

1.4 Cause and consequence

Norman intervention in Ireland

Potato, population growth & Famine
1.5 Significance

Events dates and events such as 1641,

1649, 1688, 1689, 1690

1.6 Interpretation

Revisionism in Irish history - Tudor

conquest, Cromwell, Famine, 1916


British history

Most obviously, the list of resources also shows how Ireland and IiS resources can help teachers help teacher to meet the British history requirements:

d. the development of political power from the Middle Ages to the twentieth century, including changes in the relationship between rulers and ruled over time, the changing relationship between the crown and parliament, and the development of democracy

e. the different histories and changing relationships through time of the peoples of England, Ireland, Scotland and Wales

f. the impact through time of the movement and settlement of diverse peoples to, from and within the British Isles.


Addressing the whole Programme of Study

IiS materials help in the teaching of study of history through a combination of overview
thematic and depth studies, particularlyby providing a range teaching and learning material which offer opportunities for both quick studies and deeper studies.

They can be used as they are or adapted to meet the demands of particular teaching schemes, as the following examples demonstrate.

Handling evidence

Single lesson (visual source)

1.9. An Irish view of the Norman intervention in Ireland Ppt

Depth study (evaluating historical novels)

5.2. Fighting for whom? 1916 in Ireland & on the Western Front

Development of political power

England & the 'Celtic fringe'

Ireland & the Tudors

Single lesson

2.1. Propaganda in the 16th century

Depth study

2.4. Who should control Ireland: Tudor monarchs or Irish lords?


2.9. Why was Steven Ellis's Ireland in the age of the Tudors attacked by other historians of Ireland?

Cromwell in Ireland

Depth study

3.3. Reputations. Sources: Cromwell at Drogheda


3.10. 1641 Rising: Protestant Propaganda


3.13. Cromwell in Ireland: an honourable enemy?

Movement & settlement

Ulster plantation

Single lesson

3.1. What changes did the Plantation of Ulster bring?

Depth studies

Irish immigration to Britain

4.11. What was it like to be an Irish immigrant in 19th century Britain?


4.29. How far, if at all, can British responses to Irish immigrants in Victorian Britain be called racist?


7.2. Children as refugees in the Second World War - from Vienna to Northern Ireland


7.4.1. Millisle Refugee Camp, Co. Down, Northern Ireland

Nature & motives of protest

Irish nationalism

Single lesson

5.1. Why was World War I unlike previous wars? Ireland & World War I - opposing views

Depth study

6.2. What were the aims and methods of the different nationalist movements during the period 1848-1890?

6.9. Interpretations of home rule

6.10. Why are the so many interpretations of Parnell?

5.21. Patrick Pearse: saint or sinner?

Changing nature of conflict

& co-operation

Northern Ireland

Single lesson

8.1. Living with political violence: ‘Enemy Encounter’

Depth study

8.7. Why are Protestants & Catholics willing to share power in Northern Ireland now (2007) & not earlier?


8.16. ‘Gables’ end: Murals to be replaced’


8.20. Contemporary Conflict Resolution by Hugh Miall, Oliver Ramsbotham & Tom Woodhouse, especially p.89 

Past shaping attitudes, identities, etc.

Irish perspectives

Single lesson

8.2. Understanding entrenched political positions: Murals in Northern Ireland

Depth study

3.12. Dates as symbols for the people of Northern Ireland

Prejudice & stereotyping

Normans & Ireland

Single lesson

1.3. Origin of English stereotypes. Assessing the value of Gerald of Wales as evidence

Depth study

1.6. The Normans & Ireland. Norman greed, Irish weakness or something else?

Northern Ireland


8.19. Continued stereotyping in Northern Ireland

Individual or state action?


Single lesson

4.1. Why did Baby Bridget die 1?

Depth study

4.6. Why is the Famine important in British & Irish history?


4.14. Pictures of children in the Irish Famine


4.28. Interpretations of the Famine 

ICT - web quests

4.9. The truth about coffin ships?

4.27.The Irish Potato Famine: a web quest