History KS2: The Magna Carta (animation)

An animation outlining the events of 1214 and 1215, detailing how British barons rebelled against King John, forcing the signing of the Magna Carta.

King John’s wars with France and his desperate need for funds are the reasons for John’s increasingly arbitrary and unpopular rule.

The barons are finally pushed too far by constant fines and taxes and rebel, seizing London to force the king to negotiate limits to his power.

This leads to the Magna Carta being agreed at Runnymede in June 1215.

This clip is from the BBC series The Story of Britain.

Teacher Notes

This could be used as an introduction to the Magna Carta and start discussions on how it was used.

What is the Magna Carta? Why was the Magna Carta made?

You could go on to explore the impact of the Magna Carta then and today.

Curriculum Notes

This clip will be suitable for teaching History at KS2 in England, Foundation Phase in Wales, KS1 and KS2 in Northern Ireland.

Also Early 1st and 2nd Level in Scotland.

More from the series: The Story of Britain

The Normans
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Domesday Book
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Anglo-Saxon Britain
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Bronze Age Britain
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Middle Stone Age
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New Stone Age
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Roman Britain
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The Normans
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Boudica and the Roman Invasion
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