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Use this Magna Carta lesson plan, drama and assembly to find out what led to the sealing of the charter and how this one document started a long journey to the rights and representation we experience today.

Suitable for Citizenship lessons exploring the origins of the rights of the people, or History, specifically as part of the KS3 ‘Magna Carta and the Emergence of Parliament’ curriculum.

Stories from Parliament is a series of audio dramas with supporting teacher resources (available to download at the bottom of this page) each telling a dramatic story from Parliament's past. Episodes are accompanied by original illustrations.

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Time required: Film approx. 7 mins (with lesson plans: time variable)

Learning outcomes

Students will learn:


• Chronological understanding and knowledge of events, people and changes in the past through the story of the emergence of Parliament
• Historical events linked to Parliament and specifically the development of representation and democracy in the United Kingdom
• What Magna Carta was, how and why it was sealed and how it has impacted on our rights today

Using the lesson plans, students will learn to:

• Explore the past through research and evaluation
• Develop their ability to select ideas and explore different materials to use in their own work
• Learn about the different groups within Parliament
• Explore the use of different types of language and writing appropriate for an intended audience
• Develop their ability to prepare and present ideas to an audience
• Develop their ability to empathise with people in different situations and with different viewpoints
• Consider the role of historians and how the past is interpreted and represented

Using the assembly plan:


• Either by viewing or preparing an assembly, students will consider the roots of democratic rights and the Magna Carta

Practical information

Resources are aimed at ages 7-14 in line with the English and Welsh National curriculum, the Scottish Curriculum for Excellence and the National Curriculum for Northern Ireland. They specifically relate to the ‘Magna Carta and the Emergence of Parliament’ strand of the history curriculum at key stage three, but can be used across the citizenship or history curriculum as appropriate.

They can be used separately to support planned schemes of work or together in three easy steps:


1) Show the drama as part of a lesson or in a school assembly
2) Choose an assembly or lesson plan activity to explore the story further

3) Optional: Use the fact file worksheet to offer students more information



Assembly Resource

Assembly Resource

Ideas for teacher or student led assemblies to accompany the video.

pdf file - 552 KB

Fact File

Fact File

Fact file and background information to accompany the video.

pdf file - 557 KB

KS2-3 Lesson Plans

KS2-3 Lesson Plans

Creative lessons to support exploring the video in the classroom, including create your own 21st century Magna Carta.

pdf file - 2.58 MB

Video Script

Video Script

Download the script of the video.

pdf file - 637 KB

Related teaching resources


Simon de Montfort: Stories from Parliament


Houses of History timeline - all themes


Magna Carta anniversary assembly plan