Chronology

Chronological understanding involves 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 necessarily have to teach topics in chronological order but you do need to relate the topics you teach to their chronological context. In this section you will find a range of articles and resources to support the development of chronological understanding, including schemes of work for teaching themes across time.

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  • ‘Come all ye fisher lassies’

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    When considering either ‘changes within living memory’ for Key Stage 1 or ‘an aspect or theme to develop children’s chronological understanding post 1066’ for Key Stage 2 it is important to focus on a clear observable change. This enables children to draw effective comparisons with their own experiences. Washday, bread...

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  • The history of medicine – warts and all – for Key Stage 2

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    The story of the history of medicine is HUGE! In fact, it’s a story within story within a story… You only have to note the substantial amounts that have been written on the subject in the past, to realise that this is a story that could baffle and perplex even...

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  • Resources for courses: ideas for your history curriculum

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    In times of tight budgets and with the new financial year on the horizon in April, now might be a good time to look at different ways to resource your history curriculum effectively. Alongside all the resources for teachers available from Primary History and the HA website, the following list...

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  • Elizabethan times: Just banquets and fun?

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    Although much of the Key Stage 2 history curriculum relates to the period before 1066, we are expected to include 'a study of an aspect or theme in British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066' (DfE, 2013,p.5) This raises two questions:a) How can a post-1066 topic be related...

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  • Primary History 69 - Editorial

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    When was the last time there was no war anywhere on Earth? Estimates are that there have been 230 years of peace during the last 3,500 years. Of war fatalities over the past 500 years, it is estimated that three quarters occurred during the twentieth century - including roughly 16...

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  • Scheme of Work: Chronological Unit - Numbers Through Time

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    The chronological unit is new and challenging for primary schools and it is important to tackle it correctly. Whether you decide to take the option of a broad sweep of time as this unit does, or whether you decide to home in on a specific turning point (examples of these...

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  • Scheme of Work: Chronological Unit - Books Through Time

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    Through this unit, children can be introduced to the idea that books were extremely valuable in the past, the status symbol of the day. They will learn about how books were made in the past and that stories have been around long before there were books to put them in....

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  • Pull-out Posters: Primary History 67

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

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    IntroductionThree of the most recent 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 Century  Primary Curriculum raised the issues surrounding history's possible role in...

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