It must be Sharpe’s fault. I really like reading about the Napoleonic Wars. But I never teach it.
So this weekend I’ve planned something with the aim of using it in the year of the 200th anniversary of Waterloo. It looks at the comparative significance of Nelson and Wellington. I’ve always been impressed with Nelson’s column and disappointed by the Wellington Monument in London so that’s the hook – who deserves the most imposing monument?
The lesson then looks at both Trafalgar and Waterloo and the aftermath / importance of each battle. I haven’t taught this yet and won’t this year as I’ve not got Year 8 at the moment but if you want to steal it feel free. One proviso let me know where I could improve it please as I’m still not convinced by the Waterloo bit and worry there is too much content for one lesson, but hey ho, it’s an attempt.