Worksheets and resources to support teaching and learning about Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot in Early Years, Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2.


Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot

This page contains free worksheets, online activities, links and other educational resources to support teaching and learning about Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot.


As with many other major events throughout history, the foundations of The Gunpowder Plot lay in religion. 

When she ascended to the throne in 1558, Elizabeth I was wary of the influences of Catholic Europe. Afraid that a large sector of her own population may assist with any foreign invasion, she set about systematically persecuting Catholics and their sympathisers.

She was succeeded to the throne in 1603 by James I. Being the son of a Catholic monarch (Mary Queen of Scots), it was hoped that his ascendancy would lead to the end of Catholic repression and persecution. However, this was not to be the case. And so The Gunpowder Plot was established. Five men, lead by Robert Catesby, met together to plan the death of King James and the destruction of the Houses of Parliament. The other men were Thomas Percy, Thomas Wintour, John Wright and Guido (Guy) Fawkes. As the plot progressed, assistance was needed and so eight more men were recruited.

The group first hired lodgings close to Parliament and attempted to tunnel their way underneath. However their attempts failed and so a cellar within the Parliament buildings was acquired. This was then filled with 36 barrels of gunpowder which were carefully hidden with pieces of wood and iron.

On 26th October 1605 an anonymous letter was delivered to Lord Monteagle warning him not to attend the opening of the Houses of Parliament. The letter was passed on to Robert Cecil, James' Secretary of State. Although the conspirators became aware that the letter existed, they convinced themselves that the government was not aware of their plans and so they pressed ahead.

On the night of 4th November 1605 Guy Fawkes was discovered in the cellar below Parliament with the tools necessary to fire the powder train. He was arrested and taken before the king. Originally giving his name as John Johnson, Fawkes was tortured until eventually his true identity and details of the plot emerged.

Four of the group were killed in a fight that developed during their attempted capture. The rest were caught and tried for treason. Eight, including Fawkes, were found guilty and executed. The final member died from illness while locked up in the tower.

The Gunpowder Plot is traditionally remembered in Britain with a fireworks display and the burning of a "Guy" on a bonfire.

The Gunpowder Plot Worksheets and Resources
Resource Name Type Resource Name Type
The Gunpowder Plot Fling the Teacher Quiz IOA         
The Gunpowder Plot Links

BBC: The Gunpowder Plot  -  Test your knowledge of the Plot with this online game (Flash)
Guy Fawkes  -  Basic information about The Gunpowder Plot, details of the celebration, a poem and a recipe.


 Last updated:  12th April 2006


First School Years - Guy Fawkes and The Gunpowder Plot