Piecing together Tudor history.
For the past decade, Sophie Post has taught Tudor history at Falkner House School. The Wars of the Roses is a complicated topic for Year 5 students, spanning 118 years. By providing her class with interactive books and apps, her students are empowered to lead the lesson — turning a complex timeline into a hands‑on experience.
“We’ve taken a dry collection of dates and events and transformed them into an exciting adventure.”
Sophie Post, Primary School Teacher, Falkner House School, London
Introduce the topic.
With iPad, a royal family holds court in the classroom.
Central to Sophie’s lesson is the textbook she’s created using iBooks Author. By making her own material, she’s able to use interactive features to introduce Tudor history in a way that’s customised, visual and personalised for her students.
Students take the lead on a walk through the past.
Sophie makes sense of the Tudor family timeline by turning it into a customised iBooks textbook, which includes a detailed interactive widget. From major battles to the royal line of succession, Sophie provides a comprehensive and visual exploration of the key events and many branches of the family tree.Learn more about iBooks
“Now students can independently explore, discover, and ultimately have a much clearer understanding of the subject.”
Members of the House of Tudor
Battles and rebellions
With an interactive timeline on their iPad devices, students are able to review all the details at their own pace — revisiting events until they understand them.Play Again
Build student understanding.
Students team up to explore and interact with the timeline using their choice of apps.
Once students have a grasp of major milestones in Tudor history, Sophie breaks the class into smaller groups to investigate the details.
GoodNotes 4 - Notes & PDF
Tracing key moments in time.
Sophie provides each group with a worksheet that focuses on a different section of the Tudor timeline. Teams use the GoodNotes app to highlight the events they believe are the most important. Through debate and collaboration, students agree on the key events and use them in their next assignment.View GoodNotes 4 in the App Store
Puppet Pals HD
History takes shape.
After they highlight and select the most important events, Sophie has her students re‑create them. They act out the events and characters with interactive puppets in the Puppet Pals HD app, add voices to historical images with the Morpho app, or film their re-enactments using iMovie. They create rich visuals that leave a lasting impression of the historical events and the family tree.View Puppet Pals HD in the App Store
Maps & History: Maps of Europe
Pinpointing the scene
Students use Maps to target specific locations of historically important events such as the Battle of Bosworth. Once they’ve found the location, students compare it to the same location in the History: Maps of Europe app, giving them a glimpse of how it looked during the time of the Tudors. By comparing their current-day world to the Tudors’ historical one, students gain context around important places and events, making the material more relevant and relatable.Learn more about Maps View History: Maps of Europe in the App Store
“iPad can help tailor lessons to each child, so they can learn in the very best way possible for them.”
The Tudor Rose represents the joining of two houses, which brought an end to the Wars of the Roses. Sometimes called the Union Rose, it is still used as the floral heraldic emblem of England today.Play Again
With iMovie, all the details connect to form the history.
After working in groups to understand pieces of Tudor history, the class comes together to assemble their individual projects into a single timeline, bringing the Tudor family tree to life.
Seeing the bigger picture.
For their final project, the class uses iMovie to place each group’s re-creations into chronological order. Using the timeline in Sophie’s textbook as a guide, they create a dynamic, multimedia interpretation of Tudor family history. They demonstrate that they’ve mastered the subject matter through a fun, collaborative and unforgettable learning experience.Learn more about iMovie
“If students have a great idea how to demonstrate what they’ve learned on iPad, I’m always open to it, because their idea is usually far better than anything I could have imagined.”
Sophie uses iTunes U to organise and deliver all her lesson’s books, materials, apps, films and assignments directly to each student’s iPad.See what you can do with iTunes U
Personalise and perfect your lesson.
With the variety of apps, books, podcasts, films and music available through iTunes, designing a customised lesson is easier than you might think. Get started with the apps Sophie’s class uses or explore other ways to integrate iPad into your classroom.Download a guide to exploring educational content on iTunes View the British History collection on iTunes