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The Sealed Knot

Teachers Notes

Resource created by the National Civil War Centre


Curriculum Links

  • KS3 History: Development of church, state, and society in Britain (1509 – 1745): causes and events of the civil wars, the Interregnum, and the Restoration.
  • KS4 History: Thematic Early Modern British history


Learning Objectives

  • Learn to construct informed responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information
  • Understand how our knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources.


Activity Ideas

A series of downloadable resources are available to accompany each of the activities below (see 'Resources' section)

3-Shorter lesson activities

  • 3.2 Write Like a Spy
    Write messages in code and learn how to keep them safe with paper locks
  • 3.3 Civil War Spies Boardgame
    Choose your spy and their equipment. Can you reach your destination safely?
  • 3.4 Spy Identity Generator
    Become cavalry commanders and find out how the war was fought.

Longer 1-2 lesson activities

  • 3.5 Royal Rescue
    Recruit a spy ring and try to break the King out of prison.
  • 3.6 Parliamentarian Postmaster
    Open letters in your post bag. Can you spot the ones sent by Royalist spies?