Gunpowder PlotThe Gunpowder Plot was a significant event during the reign of the Stuarts. It fascinates children as they are reminded of it yearly on Bonfire Night. Here are some resources that will help explore this topic.

The BBC Site, I Wonder – this site has a whole section on the Gunpowder Plot: ‘Three Years in the Making’. It is very detailed. “We all know the story of Guy Fawkes and how he was caught as he tried to blow up the House of Lords with gunpowder. But it took more than one man on a single night to nearly change the course of British history.

Thirteen conspirators conceived a terrorist plot on an unprecedented scale. They would blow up Parliament, which would wipe out the King and the whole establishment and trigger a popular uprising. Plotter Thomas Wintour’s confession reveals all.”(BBC)

BBC History (Archived) – The Gunpowder Plot Game

The School Run – has a timeline and set of top ten fact about the Gunpowder Plot.

Primary Resources – shares a PowerPoint presentation about the event.

Primary Facts – provides a set of facts and information about Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot

BBC Newsround – this site has a video, quiz and information about the 5th November history.


More General Stuarts Sites and Planning

Primary Homework Help  – gives a timeline for the Stuarts.

BBC Bitesize – offers a whole collection of video clips related to both the Tudors and the Stuarts.

Teach It Primary – provides a set of work sheets covering the Great Fire of London, a Virtual Tour of Eyam Village, Guy Fawkes and the Gunpower plot, along with diary entries for the Great Fire of London. Teacher have to sign up but the free service allows you to download the resources.

A Medium Term Plan A school medium term plan on the Tudors and Stuarts

Year 4 Planning (5 Lessons)Year Four planning on the Stuarts

History on the Net – this site has a vast collection of worksheets covering: the monarchs, the Gunpowder Pot, the great plague, Puritans, the Civil War, Oliver Cromwell and King Charles. Some of these have activities are aimed at KS3 but as they are all Word documents they are easy to edit to make the tasks more suited to your class.

Gunpowder Plot