The Gunpowder Plot 1: Stories from Parliament


This Stories from Parliament episode tells the first part of the infamous Gunpowder Plot in which a group of men plotted to kill James I and destroy Parliament in 1605.

Stories from Parliament is a series of video dramas each telling a story from Parliaments' past. Each episode is accompanied by specially commissioned illustrations and images from the Parliamentary art and archive collections that bring each story to life.

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Time required: 8 mins (with lesson plans: time variable)

Learning outcomes

Students will learn:


  • chronological understanding - knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past
  • historical events linked to Parliament and the development of democracy in the United Kingdom

Using the assembly plan, students will learn:


  • to consider the events of the Gunpowder Plot and what it teaches about prejudice and discrimination

Using the 7-14 years lesson plan, students will learn:


  • the key facts of the story
  • to develop filmic approaches to storytelling
  • to consider characters and different points of view

Practical information

These resources can be used separately or together in three easy steps:


1) Show the episode as part of a school or class assembly
2) Use the fact files to discover more of the key information around the story
3) Choose a lesson plan activity to complete in class

Supporting resources

Assembly resource

Assembly resource

An assembly plan to accompany the audio drama.

pdf file - 139 KB
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Fact file

Fact file

The what, when, who and why of the Gunpowder Plot.

pdf file - 227 KB
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Lesson plan

Lesson plan

Full curriculum links and suggestions for using this resource in the classroom.

pdf file - 205 KB
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Video transcript

Video transcript

Download the full transcript of the story.

pdf file - 198 KB
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