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Curriculum for Excellence
        - Experiences and Outcomes
        - Cross Curricular Links
Free Resources
Jacobite Books
Useful Links


Curriculum for Excellence

Experiences and Outcomes

This resource has been developed with the Second Level of a Curriculum of Excellence's experiences and outcomes in mind. This interactive resource can help you achieve the following E&O's whilst studying the Jacobite Rebellions as a topic:
 Social Studies
E&OExperience and Outcome TextRemarks
SOC 2-01aI can use primary and secondary sources selectively to research events in the past.Just by using this resource you're using a secondary source to research events in the past! The links below can take you to some primary sources.
SOC 2-02aI can interpret historical evidence from a range of periods to help to build a picture of Scotland's heritage and my sense of chronology.By exploring this website's timeline a pupil can begin to build up a picture of events in chronological order.
SOC 2-03aI can investigate a Scottish historical theme to discover how past events or the actions of individuals or groups have shaped Scottish society.The Jacobite Rebellions (or Risings) are a major Scottish historical theme.
SOC 2-04aI can compare and contrast a society in the past with my own and contribute to a discussion of the similarities and differences.A suggested activity is to compare clan life with that of today.
SOC 2-06aI can discuss why people and events from a particular time in the past were important, placing them within a historical sequence.Pupils can investigate people and events using this resource and can place them within a historical sequence using the timeline.
SOC 2-14aTo extend my mental map and sense of place, I can interpret information from different types of maps and am beginning to locate key features within Scotland, UK, Europe or the wider world.This resource provides access to lots of battlefield maps, an overview map of events and a map of important places to help pupils interpret information from different maps.

As you are accessing this resource using ICT, the following E&O's also apply:
 Technologies - ICT to Enhance Learning
E&OExperience and Outcome TextRemarks
TCH 2-03aAs I extend and enhance my knowledge of features of various types of software, including those which help find, organise, manage and access information, I can apply what I learn in different situations. 
TCH 2-03bThroughout all my learning, I can use search facilities of electronic sources to access and retrieve information, recognising the importance this has in my place of learning, at home and in the workplace. Whilst this resource does not have a search function (yet) there are different ways to arrive at the same information so it develops a pupil's sense of discovery and encourages them to use alternative ways to find information.
TCH 2-04aI explore and experiment with the features and functions of computer technology and I can use what I learn to support and enhance my learning in different contexts.By accessing this resource through an iPad a pupil is exploring the features and functions of modern computer technology and can use the information to support their topic work.

Cross Curricular Links

The Jacobite Rebellions and this resource naturally lend themselves to the Social Studies and Technologies experiences and outcomes above, however, a Jacobean context can be used across other curriculum areas:
 Numeracy and Mathematics
E&OExperience and Outcome TextRemarks
VariousMany of the numeracy experiences and outcomes can be tackled within an 18th Century context.Download a Jacobite Maths Workbook (pdf, 1.07 MB)

 Literacy and English
E&OExperience and Outcome TextRemarks
 Listening and Talking
LIT 2-04aAs I listen or watch, I can identify and discuss the purpose, main ideas and supporting detail contained within the text, and use this information for different purposes.Whilst watching the videos and listening to the sound clips on this app the pupils can take notes, form and answer questions and use their knowledge in other activities.
LIT 2-07aI can show my understanding of what I listen to or watch by responding to literal, inferential, evaluative and other types of questions, and by asking different kinds of questions of my own.
LIT 2-08aTo help me develop an informed view, I can distinguish fact from opinion, and I am learning to recognise when my sources try to influence me and how useful these are.Use the app to explore original maps, contemporary paintings and documents and begin to decide if they are bias.
LIT 2-20aI enjoy creating texts of my choice and I regularly select subject, purpose, format and resources to suit the needs of my audience.The writing opportunities within this context are vast. A tiny list of suggestions:
    •   Write a newspaper report about the Massacre of Glencoe
    •   Write a diary entry for Bonnie Prince Charlie whilst on the run
    •   Use images or music from the site as a stimulus to write a story, e.g.
              Battle of Culloden
              Massacre of Glencoe
LIT 2-24aI consider the impact that layout and presentation will have and can combine lettering, graphics and other features to engage my reader.
LIT 2-28aI can convey information, describe events, explain processes or combine ideas in different ways.
ENG 2-31aHaving explored the elements which writers use in different genres, I can use what I learn to create stories, poems and plays with an interesting and appropriate structure, interesting characters and/or settings which come to life.

 Expressive Arts
E&OExperience and Outcome TextRemarks
 Art & Design
EXA 2-02aI have the opportunity to choose and explore an extended range of media and technologies to create images and objects, comparing and combining them for specific tasks.There are so many art & design activities with a Jacobite theme:
    •   Create a redcoat mitre
    •   Make a cockade
    •   Make a targe
    •   Design your own tartan
    •   Investigate the backgrounds of paintings
    •   Explore paintings from the 18th century
EXA 2-03aI can create and present work that shows developing skill in using the visual elements and concepts.
EXA 2-05aInspired by a range of stimuli, I can express and communicate my ideas, thoughts and feelings through activities within art and design.
EXA 2-07aI can respond to the work of artists and designers by discussing my thoughts and feelings. I can give and accept constructive comment on my own and others' work.
EXA 2-08aI can explore and choose movements to create and present dance, developing my skills and techniques.By learning some traditional Scottish dances (e.g., Gay Gordons, Dashing White Sergeant, Strip the Willow) and taking part in a Ceilidh these outcomes can be easily met.
EXA 2-10aI have taken part in dance from a range of styles and cultures, demonstrating my awareness of the dance features.
EXA 2-16aI can sing and play music from a range of styles and cultures, showing skill and using performance directions, and/or musical notation.Visit our music & song page for lots of great examples to play and sing. (Coming soon)
EXA 2-19aI have listened to a range of music and can respond by discussing my thoughts and feelings. I can give and accept constructive comment on my own and others' work.

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Free Resources

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Jacobite PunctuationPDF (450 KB)
Jacobite VCOP desktop pyramidPDF (171 KB)
Jacobite VCOP pyramids for display (A3 size)PDF (54 KB)
Jacobite VCOP vocabularyPDF (360 KB)

Numeracy and Mathematics

Jacobite Maths WorkbookPDF (1.07 MB)

Art and Design

How to make a cockadePDF (122 KB)
Blank mitrePDF (82 KB)
Jacobite colouring inPDF (1.64 MB)

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Jacobite Books



The Lothian Run

by Mollie Hunter
It's 1736, and Sandy, a young lawyer's apprentice in Edinburgh, becomes involved in tracking down a dangerous band of smugglers, who are linked to a Jacobite coup. His several close escapes all add to this compelling adventure story.
Age range: 10-12 years.
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•   Teacher Notes
(Out of Print)
  BL: 7.5 - AR Pts: 12.0


The Diary of Euphemia Grant, Scotland 1745-1746

by Frances Mary Hendry
The diary of Euphemia Grant is set in Scotland during the Jacobite rising of 1745. The "My Story" series feature historical diaries written by fictional characters, set in real periods of history.
Age range: 8-12 years.
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Quest for a Kelpie

by Frances Mary Hendry
It is 1745, and young Jeannie Main is a tough fisher lass in Nairn in north-east Scotland. She lives a simple, quiet life until a gypsy warns her of a greater fate than she ever dreamed: that she, a poor working girl, would decide the fate of two kings.
Age range: 8-12 years.
•   Publisher
•   Teacher Notes
•   Author
  BL: 5.3 - AR Pts: 8.0


The Last Wolf

by Michael Morpurgo
A sweeping and dramatic story in the time of Bonnie Prince Charlie. Robbie McLeod and a wolf cub, both orphaned, venture far from their birthplace, a land of rebellious fighters and vicious redcoats. There is little constancy in Robbie's adventurous life, save for the companionship of his wolf. But when at last Robbie finds a place where he can peacefully make his home, he knows in his heart that the wolf must find his own natural home too...
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  BL: 6.1 - AR Pts: 2.0

Chill by Alex Nye  


by Alex Nye
Set on bleak Sheriffmuir near Stirling, this is a spooky tale of the past returning to haunt the present.
Don't forget Shiver by the same author.
Age range: 8-12 years
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•   Teacher's Guide
  BL: 5.2 - AR Pts: 6.0



The Jacobites (New Edition)

by Antony Kamm
This book has been recast for readers of 10 and over. It now includes extracts from original documents, maps, battle plans, portraits, prints, and objects from National Museums Scotland and other national collections. An additional 8 page section includes Jacobite songs and story-poems, and a Jacobite quiz. Full colour illustration throughout.
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The Jacobites

by Iain Rose
Discusses the events and consequences of the Jacobite Risings in the 17th and 18th centuries. Suggested level: intermediate, junior secondary. Published by BBC Scotland.


Bonnie Prince Charlie And All That

by Allan Burnett
Bonnie Prince Charlie And All That is a real-life adventure packed with historical facts about Britain's royal rebel. Join the dashing Prince on a dangerous mission to win back his three kingdoms from the horrible Hanoverians.
Aimed at children aged 8-12.
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Useful Links

The following links are to websites I have found to be useful:   Last checked on 23-Jul-18
    •   On the trail of Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites - Discover 26 of Scotland's famous Jacobite sites
    •   SCRAN - A vast source of information and resources
    •   National Trust for Scotland - Culloden Home Page
            -   Resources for Teachers - Lots of reliable information about the Battle of Culloden, including a fantastic resource to download.
    •   RBS Teaching Resources - 1745: John Campbell and the Jacobite occupation of Edinburgh
            -   Teachers' notes
            -   Activity sheets for children
            -   Images and sources
    •   Historic Environment Scotland
            -   Investigating the Jacobite Risings (PDF file)
            -   Battlefield Reports - Excellent collection of detailed battlefield reports
            -   Fort George
            -   Ruthven Barracks
            -   Teaching Resources
    •   National Museums Scotland
            -   The Jacobite Challenge
            -   Bonnie Prince Charlie and the Jacobites
            -   Jacobite Workshops
            -   Silver travelling canteen of Prince Charles Edward Stuart
    •   National Library of Scotland - Amazing collection of digitised maps, reports and artefacts from the Jacobite Rebellions
            -   Military Maps of Scotland (18th Century)
                        o   Battle of Falkirk
                        o   Battle of Glenshiel
                        o   Battle of Culloden
                        o   Battle of Prestonpans
                        o   Battle of Sheriffmuir
            -   1700-1750 Timeline
            -   Jacobite prints and broadsides - copies of original documents and images from the 18th Century
    •   Harris Museum & Art Gallery
            -   Battle of Preston 1715 - KS2 Local History Study resources
    •   Preston City Guild
            -   Battle of Preston
            -   Battle of Preston 1715 Trail

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