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Year 1

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Unit 1

How are our toys different from those in the past?

This unit looks at similarities and differences between toys today and toys in the past. It introduces children to the concepts of 'old' and 'new', and encourages them to think about the changes in their own lives and in those of their family or adults around them. The approach used in this unit could be applied to the study of other everyday things from the past, eg clothes, games . It provides a wide range of opportunities for children to develop their speaking and listening skills.

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Pictures of toys for children to discuss. Use on screen or print off for sorting/ordering.

 

A selection of old toys

 

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Children to look at 2 toys, one old and one new. Look at similarities and differences. Use Word or Talking First Word to create labels for each toy.

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If unable to visit a toy museum, could show class a web-site for a toy museum.

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Pictures of steam engines, wind up toys, collectable tin toys etc. Not sites for the children but useful for pictures of old toys.

Find pictures and info on lots of teddy bears and why these bears are named Teddy.

Unit 2

What were homes like a long time ago?

Show the children pictures of different sorts of homes. Which are like your home? Which are different? Encourage them to talk about homes they are familiar with. Why do people live in different sorts of homes? Select children to place the correct labels on the pictures of different types of homes.

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Pictures of homes for children to discuss. Use on screen or print off.

Use digital camera when on local walk. Photos can be viewed straight away when back in school.

Floppy-disk based digital camera, eg Sony ‘Mavica’.

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Use a Clicker4 Talking Book which is designed to provide access to information about different types of homes, new and old. This is complimented by 6 sets of word grids which will enable children to recount what has been read or to write about what they have discussed.

Example clicker grids from the LearningGrids website (please note that Clicker 4 is required and you have to register free of charge on the website)

Web page giving lesson plans, worksheets/resources and information for this QCA unit. This is now a free subscription site.

Instead of homes focus on shops and what they were like a long time ago. Website written for KS 1

 

Year 1/2

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Unit 3

What were seaside holidays like in the past?

This unit compares seaside holidays in the recent past with those taken a long time ago. Children will develop an understanding of chronology and an ability to ask and answer questions about different sources of information. The unit could be developed further by visiting a seaside resort and its local museum.

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Collection of seaside photographs showing different eras. Use on screen to discuss or print to sort/order.

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Look at some images from seaside resorts and a fill in a sheet about each.

Look at an aspect of seaside holidays that is the same as long ago- Punch and Judy. Punch and Judy web-site has lots of information for teachers. Excellent then & now pictures in ‘PUNCH IN PICTURES’ section.

Use Clicker4 grids to support this unit. From this site you can download a talking book which is designed to provide access to information about seaside holidays, both modern and those from the past. This is complimented by sets of word grids which will enable the children write about what they have read.

There is a timeline designed to be used as a forum for discussion with a class and would be particularly effective on an interactive whiteboard.

Example clicker grids from the LearningGrids website (please note that Clicker 4 is required and you have to register free of charge on the website)

Compare holidays in Felixstowe past and present, clearly presented site, an excellent resource.

Information about the seaside town of Cromer from the 1800’s – 1900’s.

Find out all about the bathing machine.

Following on from looking at pictures or photographs of seaside holidays today and in the past, use a simple painting program, create a picture of seaside holiday.

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Year 2

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Unit 4

Why do we remember Florence Nightingale?

This unit looks at the life of Florence Nightingale, why she went to the Crimea, and what happened as a result of her work.

The approach could also suit the study of other famous people, eg George Stephenson, Grace Darling, Tutankhamen, Rosa Parks, Pocahontas, Mary Secole.

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The Florence Nightingale story

 

 

Clip-art and pictures could be inserted into children's own work

Snaith School has produced some pages on the Victorians.

Clothing Florence Nightingale would have worn in Victorian times.

Click and drag a set of sentences in order to show her life. Word document. 3 ability levels & lesson plan.

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Use a powerpoint presentation of Florence Nightingale suitable for whole class or individual use.

This unlikely source - Country Joe McDonald's tribute to Florence Nightingale - is one of the best sites on the subject, with well illustrated chronological details of Nightingale's life. See also links to more details of the Crimean war including a good map of where the Crimea is.

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Use this site for detailed information about Florence Nightingale.

Look at a lesson that has used original documents as its sources- good links and tasks.

Florence Nightingales ' notes on nursing , showing how she changed the conditions the patients were kept in. Good resource for teachers.

Visit the National Army museum.

Use a Clicker4 talking book designed to provide access to information about the major events in Florence Nightingale's life. This is complimented by two sets of word grids which will enable the children recount the story of Florence Nightingale.

Example clicker grids from the LearningGrids website (please note that Clicker 4 is required and you have to register free of charge on the website)

You may wish to focus on other famous people , this site gives you information on alternative people you could study for this unit.

Information about Mary Seacoles life.

Unit 5

How do we know about the Great Fire of London?

This unit links an important event beyond living memory in British history, the Great Fire of London, with a famous person, Samuel Pepys. Children develop their sense of chronology and consider why the Great Fire happened; its results; and the different ways it is represented.

The approach could also suit the study of other famous events, eg defeat of the Spanish Armada, the Gunpowder Plot, Coronation Day, Armistice Day.

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Read from newspaper report about fire.

Much of London disappeared in the Great Fire of 1666. This site from Channel 4 tells the story of the fire and what happened as a result.

 

Using a paint program, create a picture showing something important that they have learnt about the fire.

 

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Information about Samuel Pepys.

 

Portrait of Samuel Pepys & CharlesII.

Information about the Great Fire of London

Panorama of London skyline before and after the fire

Fire fighting in 1666

News report - great for PowerPoint use.

Watch London burn - with sound.

Use a Clicker4 Talking Book which is designed to provide access to information about the Great Fire of London. This is complimented by a sets of word grids which will enable children to recount what has been read or to write about what they have discussed.

Example clicker grids from the LearningGrids website (please note that Clicker 4 is required and you have to register free of charge on the website)

Look in Collections on Living Library, good links and resources

Year 3/4

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Unit 6 a

Why have people invaded and settled in Britain in the past? A Roman case study.

In this unit, children are introduced to the idea that people from other societies have been coming to settle in Britain for a long time. They consider the effects of the invasion and settlement of the Romans on Britain. There is emphasis on historical enquiry using artefacts and Roman sites and interpretations of history.

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Written at three different levels, this site is great for studying the Romans in Britain as it has loads of information on all aspects of Roman life.

Interactive book telling the story of the Romans invasion of Britain from Caesars point of view.

Web-site constructed by children about the Romans in Britain. Easy to read and navigate. Includes fascinating facts and quiz.

BBC Romans web-site aimed at KS2. Packed full of information and activities. An excellent resource.

Worksheets to print about Roman life.

Information about Roman Gods. The site looks at the origins of the names of the months and days of the week.

 

A lively, colourfully illustrated account of Queen Boudicca's revolt against the Romans.

 

Create the front page of a Roman of Newspaper in which the main story is Boudicca's revolt.

 

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The site is illustrated with artefacts from the Hunterian Museum and looks at Roman Scotland; the way of life in this outpost of an Empire.

 

Discover why the Roman Emperor Hadrian had a wall built in Britain. Find out about how the wall was built and the Roman soldiers who controlled the movement of people who lived nearby.

 

 

Web page giving lesson plans, worksheets/resources and information for this QCA unit. This is now a free subscription site.

Based on real-life excavations during the 80's in Sandy, this stimulating introduction to the use of archaeology for children aged approximately 9 to 11 years gives them a chance to investigate evidence of Roman Life there nearly 2000 years ago.

Use this site to explore a Roman City and its superb remains

 

Search this site for artefacts and local information.

A set of Clicker Grids designed to support writing about Roman life and towns.

Example clicker grids from the LearningGrids website (please note that Clicker 4 is required and you have to register free of charge on the website)

Unit 6b

Why have people invaded and settled in Britain in the past? An Anglo-Saxon case study.

In this unit, children are introduced to the idea that people from other societies have been coming to settle in Britain for a long time. Children find out about what was discovered at Sutton Hoo. By investigating the finds, children learn about the work of archaeologists and about the culture and way of life of Anglo-Saxons who settled in Britain.

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BBC Anglo-Saxon web-site aimed at KS2. Packed full of information and resources.

Worksheets to print about Anglo-Saxon life.

The official Sutton Hoo web-site, an excellent teacher resource. Has an online tour of the burial site.

Pictures of Sutton Hoo site and artefacts found.

Written at three different levels, this site has lots of information on all aspects of Anglo Saxon life.

Use this site to explore what everyday life was like for an Anglo Saxon.

Travel down the Time Tunnel and find yourself in an Anglo Saxon village.

A set of Clicker Grids designed to support writing about Saxon life.

Example clicker grids from the LearningGrids website (please note that Clicker 4 is required and you have to register free of charge on the website)

Use this museum site to access photographs of artefacts.

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Unit 6c

Why have people invaded and settled in Britain in the past? A Viking case study.

In this unit, children are introduced to the idea that people from other societies have been coming to Britain for a long time. Children find out how Viking influence spread through different parts of the world and how, over a period of years, the Vikings eventually settled in Britain.

Children will develop their understanding of chronology, describe and identify reasons for and results of historical events, situations and changes and consider different ways the past has been interpreted.

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Viking web-site produced by children.

 

Viking activity worksheets to print.

BBC Viking web-site aimed at KS2. Full of information and activities for teachers and children.

Web page giving lesson plans, worksheets/resources and information for this QCA unit. This is now a free subscription site.

'Walk' through a Viking village? Download lifelike clips. Find out who the Vikings were and get an idea of the extent of their travels. Write your name in Runes and learn about their longships.

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Launch the Viking Quest game and travel back in time to 793 AD. Can you build a ship, cross the seas, loot a monastery and return home safely to claim a prize from your chief? You will need the Flash plug-in.

Teachers' notes, classroom activities and illustrations.

Unit 7

Why did Henry VIII marry six times?

In this unit children find out about the Tudors through the story of Henry VIII's marriages. They develop their ability to use written and pictorial sources, ask and answer questions, give reasons for actions and identify changes.

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Web-site giving background information and pictures of Henry VIII and his wives.

Interactive book telling the story of Henry’s wives.

 

Produce newspaper articles bringing together the key points of this unit. Possibly date the paper on the day after the death of Henry. Give each group a different wife or marriage to focus on. This activity could be extended by including advertising or a letters page.

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This interactive site looks at who the Tudors were and particularly at Henry VIII and his six wives. There is also a brief overview of what life was like in Tudor England.

 

 

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This site has simple access to information about Henry's six wives.

Henry VIII picture enquiry activity sheet to be completed on the computer and saved/printed. This activity sheet could be edited, printed and photocopied to complete on paper but the picture quality would be effected.

Web page giving lesson plans, worksheets/resources and information for this QCA unit. This is now a free subscription site.

Solving problems faced by Henry - Children consider solutions to problems faced by Henry VIII and then look at Living Library articles to discover how he resolved them. Download from WBOL.

Use a database of Henry's wives - downloaded from WBOL.

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Unit 8

What were the differences between the lives of rich and poor people in Tudor times?

In this unit children learn about the lives of different types of people living in Tudor times. Children will find out about the characteristic features of society at a time in the distant past by asking and answering questions from a range of different sources of information. There are opportunities to develop this unit as a local study where there are examples of Tudor homes or museum collections in the locality.

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Web site produced by a school about Tudors.

Pictures of Tudor people, Tudor roses and Tudor houses.

Tudor family tree and Tudor word-search for printing.

Children can find and import portraits of Tudor monarchs. They then study each image carefully and answer the questions in the worksheets- download from WBOL.

An interactive exhibit on the Tudor period. There is a timeline of the Tudor monarchs and you can find out about discoveries and developments of the time.

Web page giving lesson plans, worksheets/resources and information for this QCA unit. Excellent! This is now a free subscription site.

Tudor information leaflet that could be printed and given to parents for homework support.

 

PowerPoint presentation to show the differences between the homes of the poor and the rich. Includes images from Hampton Court Palace.

 

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These Clicker Grids offer support and stimulation for children to write about Britain and the world in Tudor times.

Example clicker grids from the LearningGrids website (please note that Clicker 4 is required and you have to register free of charge on the website)

Unit 9

What was it like for children in the Second world War?

In this unit children find out about the effects of the Second World War on children in their local area, nationally and internationally. There are also opportunities to consider the effects of war on children today.

Children use a range of sources, including the recollections of people alive at the time. They consider the reasons for and results of key aspects of the war.

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Sound clips of memories from evacuees.

Selection of pictures to print or use on screen.

A wonderful site if you are wanting to find out how the Second World War affected children's lives. There is information on rationing, letters from evacuees and you can explore a wartime home.

Imperial War Museum web-site gives background information and pictures for teachers.

They look at different aspects of the wartime period.

Resources for looking at Anne Frank: web-site, pictures and background information for teachers.

Find out what Scotland was like during the Second World War by entering this site as an enemy spy. You have to gather information about the war at home, at school and on the street.

A site which looks at the impact of the Second World War at home. With excellent photographs, it describes daily life for ordinary people, rationing, the role of women, air raids, life in the shelters, not forgetting the evacuation of children from London.

An eye witness account and a 'snapshot' of the year 1941 where you can find out what life was like then.

The Sainsbury's Virtual Museum contains photographic and documentary sources from the periods 1869 to 1900, and Second World War.

Nettlesworth Primary School has produced this classroom resource about World War II for Key Stage 2 pupils. Learn about the important figures of the war and about the effects of the war on daily life, such as rationing.

The Home Sweet Home Front website tells the story of life on the British home front during World War Two. Illustrated with posters and photographs.

An excellent web page made by a school in Scotland on everyday life during the war. It includes information on gas masks, the blackout, air raid shelters and the evacuation. The children have included family recollections.

It may be possible set up an e-mail link with a person or persons who were children during World War 2. The children could then then pose questions to this person or persons about their childhood during the war. Use Grid email.

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Unit 10

What can we find out about ancient Egypt from what has survived?

In this unit children find out about the way of life of people living in ancient Egypt from archaeological discoveries. Children will develop their understanding of characteristic features of a society; identify the different ways the past is represented; and use sources of information to make simple observations, inferences and deductions.

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Web page giving lesson plans, worksheets/resources and information for this QCA unit. Excellent! This is a free subscription site.

Web-page where you can translate your name into hieroglyphics.

 

Scholastic web-page giving lesson ideas and useful web-links.

The British museum’s web-site on ancient Egypt. Lots of information. Aimed at KS2, with teacher’s notes.

Interactive book about ancient Egypt.

Images of ancient Egypt and hieroglyphics to use on screen or print.

A masterpiece! You can find out information from the evidence itself, play the games that the Egyptians played, find out about the Ancient Egyptians through stories and artefacts.

Go back in time and find out about the Gods, Pharaohs and homes.

Travel down the Time Tunnel and find yourself in the Egyptian pyramid. Explore and find the games about this ancient civilisation. Discover the facts about mummification and various gods and lots more too.

A superb way of find out about mummification. Play the game and find out how and why the Ancient Egyptians prepared people for the afterlife.

Find out about Ancient Egypt, the Pharaohs, pyramids, mummies and King Tutankhamen. The site also includes information about Roman Egypt, Cleopatra and even Egypt today.

Free clip art related to Ancient Egypt. You can find out about writing in hieroglyphs and Gods and Godesses.

Information about Tutankhamun, the Sphinx, homes, climate, transportation, clothing and more.

Useful information simply presented on everyday life in Ancient Egypt.

Create a postcard featuring pictures of Ancient Egypt and hieroglyphics.

Create a multimedia presentation to summarise their findings. Introduce the children to AND and OR searches and take the opportunity to discuss the authenticity of information on the web.

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Unit 11

What was it like for children living in Victorian Britain?

In this unit children find out about the lives of Victorian children, how attitudes towards children changed, and the people who are remembered for their part in these changes. Children develop their understanding of the concept of change and continuity and their sense of period, by looking at the characteristic features of children's lives in the Victorian period. They build on their understanding of chronology by locating the Victorian period within a time framework, and by sequencing changes within the period.

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Web page giving lesson plans, worksheets/resources and information for this QCA unit.

Go back in time to Victorian times and see what a Victorian home looked like. You can explore the each room and hear the everyday sounds. Great!

Designed for 9 to 11 year olds, this excellent site from the BBC has interactive games and worksheets based on the themes children at work, children at play and children at school. There are superb learning movies with audio tracks.

This museum which used to be a Ragged School has a recreated Victorian classroom where children can find out through role play what it was like to be there.

Nettlesworth Primary School have produced this site on the Victorians. It has brief information about lots of Victorian personalities, a section on school life, child labour and the Industrial Revolution, and family life of the period.

Created to support Key Stage 2 Literacy hour, this superb site provides a cross-curricular approach to a topic on Victorians. It would be best used with the Channel 4's Victorian Diary television programme, but it can be used as a stand-alone resource.

Channel 4 has created this Shockwave site for Key Stage 2 children (7 - 11 years of age). It is great. It looks at Victorian toys and schools, and there is information on Queen Victoria and her family. Uses Shockwave.

Online investigation into life in Herts in the 1890's.

Find out about Lord Shaftesbury and Dr Barnardo and how they helped children. Introduce the children to AND and OR searches and take the opportunity to discuss the authenticity of information on the web.

Create a multimedia presentation to present their findings.

The Victorian section on this site includes maps, documents and census data about Lewisham and the 11 other London Boroughs, exploring life in London and the pupils' local area in the 1890s.

Unit 12

How did life change in our locality in Victorian times?

In this unit children investigate some of the ways their local area changed during the Victorian era, and some of the reasons for those changes. Children use the local area to explore characteristic features of Victorian times, how the area changed over time and the reasons for and results of these changes. Children develop their sense of chronology, and ask and answer questions, from buildings and other information sources.

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Information relating to life in Victorian England.

Information relating to servants in the Victorian household.

 

Examples of structure of the day.

You can find out about how rich and poor people lived in Victorian times and explore the object gallery for things Victorians used. You will need Quicktime player to see all round the artefacts. You can ask questions in the 'Ask a Victorian' section.

Snaith School has produced some pages on the Victorians which include information about Queen Victoria, Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and schools. You can listen to some pieces of music written in Victorian times.

 

Victorian Britain through the experiences of real people. Pupils can investigate work and leisure activities in a Victorian city, factory and school.

Explore the Victorian parlour

Rushey Green Primary School have used data from the census returns of 1891 to consider how peoples occupations have changed.

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Unit 13

How has life changed in Britain since 1948?

In this unit children learn about the reasons for and results of the changes in British life since 1948. Children investigate in depth one aspect of change in British life, eg population structure, popular culture, work.

They will develop their historical understanding of the period, including the characteristic features and diversity of popular culture, make links between changes both within and across the period, and apply their skills of historical enquiry to a study of the recent past.

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Isle of Wight Education Authority have put together ideas and resources for this unit.

Using a local study, here are ideas of how this unit could be approached.

This site has a useful picture bank and worksheet section.

Tracks the development of car sales since the 1930's, compare car advertisements.

This unit provides the ideal opportunity to apply data handling skills to an investigation of the ways in which Britain has changed since the 1930's.

Create a database to answer the questions.

There are sample files to use in Information and Colour Magic.

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Use this site for ideas for interviewing and collecting your own evidence showing how life has changed.

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Use this timeline to see key events , also has excellent resource list of sites that link with this unit.

Take a virtual tour of interiors, almshouses and gardens from Elizabethan to 1990’s, excellent for picture bank.

Use the history of football as a starting point for children to explore the past.

Try the 'Technology at Home' activity and travel back in time throughout the last century to see when everyday items first appeared in homes.

Information put together by the BBC tracing changes during Queen Victoria’s reign compared with our present queen.

Unit 14

Who were the ancient Greeks?

In this unit children find out about the way people lived in the ancient Greek empire. They use a range of archaeological and written sources, select and record information and interpret the past in different ways.

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Web page giving lesson plans, worksheets/resources and information for this QCA unit. This is a free subscription site.

Information on the first Olympic games which includes an interactive cartoon, and also on the life and culture of the times. There are printable resources.

Travel down a time tunnel and find out about life in ancient Greece. There are games and information about topics such as the Olympic Games, Greek Gods, food and drink, childhood and education and soldiers and warfare

An AngliaCampus illustrated site about Ancient Greece. Lots of information on such things as Greek food, clothing, soldiers, worship, homes and more.

A site devoted to Gods, heroes, and monsters of Greek mythology.

Find out about Hercules, the stories the ancient Greeks used to tell about his life and about his twelve labours.

Produced by Manor School clear information.

The activities centre around ancient Greek religion and help the children investigate who the ancient Greeks worshipped and why.

Snaith School has produced some pages on Ancient Greece.

To support writing about characters from Athens and Sparta.

Database of Greek Gods, download from WBOL.

Unit 15

How do we use ancient Greek ideas today?

In this unit children use their own experience, particularly of being at school, as a springboard to find out about the influence that the ancient Greeks continue to have on our lives. Children use a wide range of sources, including archaeology, to find out about the ancient Greeks and compare a past society with society today.

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Go back three and a half thousand years to the civilisation that flourished in Ancient Greece.

Use the time tunnel to explore the Ancient Greeks.

Access the British Museum and its large collections of resources.

An introduction to the parts of words we use from Greek, and a collection of words they are found in.

You can compare ancient and modern Olympic sports, tour the site of Olympia as it looks today.

These Clicker Grids are about the origins and history of the Ancient Greek Olympics.

Example clicker grids from the LearningGrids website (please note that Clicker 4 is required and you have to register free of charge on the website)

Ideas we use today in science, astronomy, and medicine.

Web page giving lesson plans, worksheets/resources and information for this QCA unit. Excellent! This is now a free subscription site.

Unit 16

How can we find out about the Indus Valley civilisation?

In this unit children learn about the Indus Valley civilisation from archaeological sources. Children find out about the characteristic features of the society and period, through historical enquiry. The unit structure can be applied to studies of other non-European societies, eg ancient Egypt, the Aztecs.

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Look at slides showing some aspect of the Harappan Civilization. A PowerPoint presentation could be made.

This lesson can be used as part of Literacy Hour to help pupils develop a greater awareness of the difficulties faced by archaeologists.

Extensive website featuring guidance links, publications and articles on the Indus Valley.

Historical enquiry lesson with cross curricular links.

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Unit 17

What are we remembering on Remembrance Day?

In this unit, children explore an event that has been commemorated annually for nearly 100 years. Children investigate the origins of Remembrance Day and how its significance has grown to incorporate conflicts up to the present day. Children who belong to service or refugee families may have direct, personal experiences of recent hostilities, and their schools will need to exercise sensitivity and discretion in teaching this topic.

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Information about the symbolism of the Poppy.

 

A set of Clicker Grids designed as an on-screen book about Remembrance Day. Also grids to support writing.

Example clicker grids from the LearningGrids website (please note that Clicker 4 is required and you have to register free of charge on the website)

Look at the Rememberance day poetry as a stimulus for the class to create their own.

Information about origins of Remembrance Day and how its significance has grown to incorporate conflicts up to the present day.

Excellent site useful for background information.

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Unit 18

What was it like to live here in the past?

 

In this unit, children are introduced to an enquiry-based approach to a local study. It is best to focus on an aspect of the local community in the immediate locality. It might also be part of a field visit, particularly a residential field trip. Children compare two or three periods of time. A house or group of houses, a shopping street, the school, a workplace, a place of worship, civic or service buildings, or an historic site such as a local castle could be selected as the focus of the unit. It gives opportunity for direct access to historical sources and is an excellent chance to develop fieldwork and research skills. The unit also provides an opportunity to consider citizenship issues such as planning for change, conservation, local identity and social responsibility.

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Channel 4 have produced this site on the Great Plague in England in 1665. It tells the story of the disease and explains its spread in London and the rest of the country including Eyam.

'Technology at Home' activity and travel back in time throughout the last century to see when everyday items first appeared in homes.

Dress the women/men in the appropriate clothing. This BBC site includes information about what they wore in Victorian and Tudor times.

PowerPoint presentations to download plus lesson plans linking with this unit.

This excellent resource shows what The Isle of Wight looked like half a century ago.

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Unit 19

What were the effects of Tudor exploration?

In this unit children learn about the reasons for, and results of, exploration of the world by people in the sixteenth century and its impact on sailors, settlers and indigenous peoples. Children investigate in depth one of the explorers and the problems associated with settlement. The framework can also be used to investigate other explorers and their attempts at settlement and trade.

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An interactive exhibit on the Tudor period. There is a timeline of the Tudor monarchs and you can find out about discoveries and developments of the time. A good section on Tudor ships.

Resource from the National Maritime Museum on explorers. It has information on personalities such as Drake and Cook, as well as information on the Vikings and Spanish Armada.

Clearly presented information and exercises for the children to explore - excellent links to other websites.

Information about Drake and the Armada.

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Unit 20

What can we learn about recent history from studying the life of a famous person?

In this unit, children learn about aspects of recent history through the study of the life of John Lennon as an example of someone who made a significant impact on popular culture and entertainment, and whose life portrays some of the key social and cultural changes of the post-war period. Schools could adapt this unit to focus on another figure who has made a significant contribution to the recent history of Britain or the local area. The unit has links with citizenship, in that it introduces children to the idea of single-issue politics through a controversial figure from recent history. Links with non-fiction work in literacy are also strong; in particular this unit is designed to develop media and information-handling skills.

Children will develop their historical understanding of the period, including the characteristic features and diversity of popular culture. They will learn about changes both within and across the period, and apply their skills of historical enquiry to a study of the recent past.

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Use the life of John Lennon as an example of someone who made a significant impact on popular culture and entertainment. This is a free subscription site.

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The life of Anne Frank to explore life as it was then.

Use Living Library and search in Collections under History for famous people.

British Pathe news to view digital news archives covering news, sport, social history and entertainment from 1896 – 1970.

Use this unit to provide more challenge for the most able children through the selection of sources provided for them.

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Web page giving lesson plans, worksheets/resources and information for this QCA unit. This is a free subscription site.

Snaith School has produced some pages on the Victorians which include information about Queen Victoria, Florence Nightingale, Mary Seacole and schools.

Florence Nightingale and Samuel Pepys Some information plus links to a timeline of their lives and further information.

Use a database to look at, sort and search basic information to answer questions about important figures of the Victorian era.

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A range of materials to assist in curriculum planning is available for loan to Hertfordshire teachers at:

Herts and Beds Museums: Resource Boxes for Schools

 

HERTFORDSHIRE ARCHIVES AND LIBRARY SERVICES (HALS)
Hertfordshire Archives & Local Studies (HALS), based at County Hall in Hertford, has a wide range of resources to assist in the teaching of history, geography and local studies. These include original records of local authorities, schools, manors and estates, businesses and families etc. in Hertfordshire, as well as printed and published materials - books, newspapers, maps and photographs etc.

 

Channel 4 have produced this wonderful site for primary aged children. Topics are matched to the National Curriculum.

 

Preview free of charge 3500 hours of the British Pathe Film Archive from 1896 to 1970. Fabulous footage on this searchable site.

 

You will need a free VRML viewer to enjoy these reconstructions of the past from the BBC, but you can find how to get one here. See Virtual Reality scenes of London Bridge, a Viking Farm House, Houseteads Farm on Hadrian's Wall and a World War 1 trench.

 

Nettlesworth Primary School has put together these pages on the Aztec Civilisation. They take a look at important figures such as Montezuma, daily life, and religion and gods of the time. Useful Key Stage 2 history resource.

 

This site has been included as an example of how schools in a locality can collaborate on a 'Domesday Archive' online project with an historical, geographical and environmental bias.

 
 

Find the gunpowder kegs before Guy Fawkes lights the fuse in this game from the BBC. You can also find out about the plot and what might have happened had it been successful. You need a Flash plug-in, but if needed you can get this from the site.

 

Workshops available at St Albans museum.

 

A comprehensive list of museums in Hertfordshire.

 

 
 

Posters to buy to support the units.

Help for Resources

The resources on this page may be in any of the following formats as indicated beside the links.
Some of the electronic resources can be used as a paper and pencil/cut and stick activity.

Click for Help to download PDF files... Adobe acrobat (*.pdf)
Click for Help to view Interactive Whiteboard files... Easyteach (*.et)
Excel 2003 (*.xls)

executable icon Executable (*.exe)
External web links (www)
information workshop Information workshop (iws)

PowerPoint 2003 (*.ppt)
Click for Help to view Interactive Whiteboard files... Promethean (*.flp)
Click for Help to view Interactive Whiteboard files... Smart Notebook (*.notebook)

Word 2003 (*.doc)
Resource from E2BN

 

eLearning resources in schools only... Some are also available from home for Hertfordshire teachers.