Medieval Towns

Intended Learning Outcomes

(Knowledge, Understanding, Skills, Attitudes)



The pupils will be able to differentiate between the structure of a modern town and a medieval town.


The pupils will understand the different services that were available in the towns/cities during the middle ages.


The pupils will be able to describe the features of a medieval town.


The students will realise the importance of population centres during the middle ages.


Assessment of Learning Outcomes.

(ie. What assessment will you use to show you that learning has taken place?)


The pupils will answer higher and lower order questions which will demonstrate their knowledge on the topic.


The pupils will complete the homework that will be given to them which will display their understanding of Medieval towns & cities.


Lucey, the Past Today
Delap & McCormack, Uncovering History
McCaughey, Discovering History
Hayes, New Complete History
Class Handout
Display and Electronic media 



Teaching Strategy:


Engaging with Narrative, Interpretation of Data.



Phase  1

Brief Outline



I will introduce the pupils to the topic that will be covered in the lesson-medieval towns & cities and what I expect the pupils to know after the lesson.


First of all we will look at the main areas where Medieval towns & cities were established and the motivation behind it.


We will also look at the advantages behind the motivation to build towns and cities in these particular areas.



Phase 2

Brief Outline


Interpretation of Data


I will then show the pupils a diagram of a medieval town. We will examine the different features of the town/city and how it compares and contrasts to the modern day town or city.


After this we will look at the theme of running the town and the structure that was in place for running the town.

Phase 3

Brief Outline

Engaging with Narrative

Furthermore we will study the lack of hygiene of cities and towns during the middle.


We will examine how this led to diseases like that of the black death in 1347.


We will after this will observe the wide variety of services that were available in towns and cities in the Medieval Period.


I will also look at the guild as a key concept and it occupation during the medieval period.

Phase 4

Brief Outline

Engaging with Narrative

After this the class will learn about the different craftsmen that were available and the trades that apprentices went for during the middle ages and the steps that had to be taken to be a fully qualified craftsman.


In conclusion in this phase we will study the fairs that were widely popular middle ages and how it was influential for the trading business of the time.

Phase 5

Brief Outline


In conclusion to my lesson I will reinforce and clarify the material for the pupils by quickly revising what we covered in the lesson.


I will ask the pupils lower and higher order question on what was covered in the lesson before concluding the lesson in which pupils will be given an opportunity to ask me question on anything they found difficult to comprehend throughout the lesson.


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