History is not all about learning the dates of British kings and queens, like it used to be. It is so much easier now for children to find out about things, people, places or events which interest them and their associated histories.
Our worksheet suggestions in this newsletter offer just a few ideas on broadening the perspective of topics for history learning. For younger ones for example, they all like toys. So why not capture their interest with talking about toys of times past?
Today, the Internet is a permanent feature of life. Many projects could be created around how things were done before the Internet - very new for us but real history for your child! You could start with Tim Berners-Lee.
The other suggestions below are on more classical topics but include some questions and things to do to aid learning.
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History of Toys
Showing children that some of the toys that they play with today are very similar to ones you played with as a child is really fun. This worksheet looks at the history of toys through the ages and the different materials they were made from.
We use the Internet for so many things, and children will find it hard to believe that not that long ago, it didn't exist! Find out who invented it and then use the Internet to find out some more facts about him to create your own mini project.
The Anglo Saxons
This seven page worksheet covers many aspects of Anglo Saxon life, including where they came from, how long they were in Britain and where they settled. There are eleven questions to answer at the end of the text.
This worksheet is aimed at key stage 2 and briefly covers the life of Julius Caesar and his assassination. At the end of the worksheet your child is asked to write a report about Caesar's assassination for the Roman Times.
This worksheet takes a look at the Holocaust and who it affected. At the end of the worksheet there are poems written about the Holocaust, your child is then encouraged to write their own poem using some given key words as well as their feelings about what happened.
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