International School History - European Schools - S4

S4 History - Last update - 30 April 2023 Official European School History 4-5 Syllabus: English, French, German.
Unit 5 - Out of the Middle Ages
Key Questions Lessons Additional resources and external links
What was the Black Death? Worksheet and PowerPoint from the lesson.

Brief videos shown in the lesson.

Simon Schama's full video on the Black Death.

Black Death is a 2010 German-British adventure/drama/horror film directed by Christopher Smith.

The story takes place in 1348 in plague-ridden medieval England.

Video - Return of the Black Death - Secret History. A 2014 Channel 4 documentary based on a recent archaeological discovery of a Black Death burial site in London.  More on the find from the BBC and the Crossrail website.

What were the consequences of the Black Death? Worksheet  


B Test 4 - May 3rd 2016


Revision quiz


How significant was the invention of the printing press? Worksheet Short video shown in class.

Longer video from the genius that is Stephen Fry.


Why were the voyages of discovery so important? Worksheet

Extract from the 1992 film -1492

A short video extract from Alistair Cooke's classic documentary series on the history of the USA.

Crash Course video on the explorers

Video documentary about the circumnavigation of the world.

Video - PBS adaption of Jared Diamond's best selling history 'Guns, Germs and Steel', examines the history of European exploration and its consequences. . For more see the PBS site.
What was the Renaissance? Worksheet.

Excellent introductory videos about key individuals of the Renaissance. Galileo, Brunelleschi, Vesalius and Torricelli.

Extended video extract from J. Bronowski's Ascent of Man that deals beautifully with perspective and its Arabic origin.
Khan Academy on the Renaissance
Crash Course video on the Renaissance
What was the Northern Renaissance? Worksheet and video on the Ghent Altarpiece

Quite outstanding website allows navigable, close-up analysis of the Ghent Altarpiece.


Website from the BBC series about the Northern Renaissance. Wikipedia on the Ghent Altarpiece.

Eight minute video explains why the Ghent Altarpiece is the world's most valuable stolen painting.

Khan Academy on the Ghent Altarpiece
What were the causes of the Reformation? - Skill focus: long and short term causes Worksheet

Two minute video about the Reformation.
Two Videos giving an overview of the Protestant Reformation. 

Examples of previous student work
Crash Course video on the Reformation

Good essay by Bruce Robinson on the BBC site explaining the Reformation happened from a British perspective.


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