Young children and chronology

Primary History article

By Penelope Harnett, published 15th November 2011

'I was meant to have been born on my birthday, but I arrived a day late': young children and chronology

Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content may be outdated.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 recording the passage of time
  • Providing experiences to develop children's sense of duration
  • Opportunities to develop sequencing skills
  • Being able to move about with confidence between different periods of time

They are all features of successful learning in history...


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