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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  • Cross Curricular Project on a famous person

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    Please note: This article pre-dates the current National Curriculum and some content and references may be outdated. If you are considering studying someone other than Florence Nightingale you have two basic options. You can either choose a local character who would be more relevant to the children, or you could study someone who...

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  • A Vision of Britain Through Time

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    This free-to-use and publically accessible website has now been updated and re-launched with a new look, extra content and improved search tools thanks largely to funding from JISC (the Joint Information Systems Committee of Britain's universities).Among the latest additions is a full listing of every General Election result, 1832 to...

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  • Chronology: blank timelines

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  • Helping students make sense of historical time

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    Once upon a time, educators believed that there was a property of children’s minds known as ‘understanding of time’. According to this belief, young children had little ability to understand when things happened, even within their own immediate experiences, much less in the distant past. As they got older, their...

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  • Teaching with Meaning: Supporting Historical Understanding in the Primary Classroom

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    In essence, history is a record of human affairs. The problem in making this record is that events are past and gone and have to be reconstructed. Evidence may be uncertain and incomplete. Inevitably, several plausible accounts of an event are often possible. As mental re-constructions, these accounts are our...

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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 eighty years has suggested that ‘time’ concepts, such as chronology, duration and the usage of dating systems are difficult for children to assimilate. However, my recent research would suggest that temporal concepts...

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  • Twist in the tales

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    Any academic who is in the business of writing will appreciate the pressure put on them by publishers desirous of a market product. Books for teachers need to be at once scholarly and popular, practicable and theoretical, readable but not reductionist. This puts considerable demand on the writer - I...

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