Chronological Understanding

Sequencing, events, stories, pictures and periods over time to show how different times relate to each other and contribute to a coherent understanding of the past. You don’t have to teach topics in chronological order but need to relate the topics you teach to their chronological context.

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  • Young children and chronology

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    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. "How did you stop yourself from getting the plague?" This quotation from a child signals some of the challenges of teaching children about chronology in the primary school. Learning about chronology involves: Knowing the conventions of...

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  • Enriching young children's understanding of time

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    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. As a primary teacher in the United States, I was sometimes caught off guard by students' ideas about time. Some 10-year-olds, I noticed, still could not read a clock or calculate the time between recess and...

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  • A View from the Classroom - Chronology

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    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. As a teacher, the passing of time in a classroom may be: challenging, stimulating, appear endless, be subject to constant change, though never dull. Years pass, yet at times it can seem but yesterday, when I...

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  • Think Bubble - Jumping stories: selective chronology

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    I recently finished a most interesting commission with the educational publishers, Schofield and Sims. They asked me to help put together a comprehensive timeline of British History to cover as broad a chronological perspective as possible. They wanted this to be the complete Cavemen to Cybermen story all on one...

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  • Developing pupils' chronological understanding

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    In its latest triennial history survey report, History for all, Ofsted concluded that, ‘history teaching was good or better in most primary schools' and, ‘most pupils reached the  end of Key Stage 2 with detailed knowledge derived from well-taught studies of individual topics'. The report went on to note, though,...

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  • Chronology & Topics at Key Stage 2

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    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. The Nearly Complete History Of Almost Everything outlines the chronology of various aspects of our lives, and gives a flavour of the enormity at first glanceof ‘teaching chronology'. Topics, which are not tied to a particular...

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  • Enhancing temporal cognition: Practical activities for the primary classroom

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    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. Research during the last ninety years has suggested that ‘time' concepts, such as chronology, duration and the usage of dating systems are difficult for children to assimilate. However, my research suggests that temporal concepts can be...

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  • Constructivist chronology and Horrible Histories

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    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. I chose Horrible Histories for this exploration of children's understanding of chronology because I thought it would be fun - and I approve of the Horrible Histories. They use sources, question sources, provide alternative interpretations and...

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  • Chronology and local history: Year 6

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    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. Editorial note: This short paper introduces a highly creative, imaginative and enthralling case-study of a local history project for year 6 pupils. The teaching programme has a chronological spine that provides coherence and focus. Chronology is...

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  • Primary History and planning for teaching the Olympics - four curricular models

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    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. Three curricular editions of Primary History, PH 50, Autumn 2008 , PH 53, Autumn 2009 and PH 57, Spring 2011 are directly relevant to teaching the Olympics. PH 50, Autumn 2008 History Education in the 21st...

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  • Citizenship and the Olympics

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    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. Citizenship links. While most of us engage with the nature of the sporting aspects of an Olympics throughout its modern day reincarnation, there are many aspects of the Games on and off the sporting field that...

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  • William Brookes and the Olympic Games

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    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. History flows like a river, sometimes quiet and unobtrusive, sometimes a raging torrent with wide-ranging effects on the world around us. It is punctuated by momentous events and significant individuals, who impact on its direction and...

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  • How to teach chronology

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    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum. For more recent resources see: Chronology: Developing a coherent knowledge (2014) Scheme of work (KS2): Chronology: Books through time Scheme of work (KS2): Chronology: Numbers through time  Britain and World timeline 4000-2000BC Britain and World timeline 2000BC to 0BC Britain and World timeline, 0BC...

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  • Children's Thinking: Developmental psychology and history education

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    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. Editorial note: Hilary Cooper outlines the main features of historical thinking. These ideas are embedded in the government's current requirements for teaching National Curriculum History [England] Introduction It is important that children develop a coherent, chronological...

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  • Learning to engage with documents through role play

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    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. First let me say that I did not research the materials used or plan this lesson. For this I must acknowledge, with thanks, that this is the work of my colleague, Mike Huggins, and the senior...

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  • Using classic fiction to support the study of childhood in Victorian times

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    Please note: This article pre-dates the current National Curriculum and some content and references may be outdated. Classic fiction provides useful sources of information for investigating the lives, beliefs and values of people in the past. In this article Ann Cowling describes activities undertaken with student teachers which may also serve as models...

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  • Doing history in the early years and foundation stage

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    Please note: This article pre-dates the current National Curriculum and some content and references may be outdated. Introducing the youngest children to the concept of history can be a challenging prospect for some foundation stage practitioners, particularly if they feel their experience of the subject has been limited or their own memories of...

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  • 'Doing Local History' through maps and drama

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    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. Editorial note: John Fines produced two case studies of Local History for the Nuffield Primary History Project. One on them is published here for the first time.

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  • A history of the world - 100 objects that tell a story

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    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. Editorial comment: A History of the World is the most creative, imaginative and dynamic development in primary History Education for thirty years. It ties in perfectly with and supports the government's re-vitalisation of primary education that...

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  • Pride in place: What does historical geographical and social understanding look like?

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    Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. ‘Some primary schools are like the High Street in many of our towns. I can predict what I will see before I go through the door. What I want to see is something that gives me...

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