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Key Stage 2 History
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KS2 History

The website provides opportunities for young people to explore the past and to recognise that the past can be represented and interpreted in different ways.

The content has a range of viewpoints expressed by contemporary voices. All the people here really existed and their lives are drawn from actual records and thorough background research.

The exploration of different communities allows the pupils to learn about the social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity of London and its relationship with the rest of the world.


All the timelines featured flag up significant people, events and places from the recent and more distant past which have contributed to society as a whole.

The timelines can only tell some of the story of a particular community. The content is a selection of events chosen by the writer historian. The timelines can provide information but are in themselves interpretations of history.

They also provide a means by which people, events and changes can be set in to the correct periods of time.

Stories and Case Studies:

These are focused on change and continuity in specific areas. They refer to other parts of the world, opening up further opportunities for research and project work. There are a wide number of social, economic, cultural and religious perspectives reflected in the material. The stories also explore ideas, beliefs, attitudes and experiences of men, women and children in the past.

Most of the stories are based on documents held at London Metropolitan Archives. Pupils can see some of the original documents on line and come into contact with actual historical evidence. The provision of these pieces of evidence allows pupils to analyse some of the reasons for, and results of, historical events, situations, and changes. In this way pupils can make links between events, situations and changes.

The stories also place great emphasis on the use of correct historical dates and vocabulary.


Individuals speak out about their lives in a broad social context. The scripts give some insight into the ideas, beliefs, attitudes and experiences of men, women and children in the past. The individual experiences illuminate the reasons for, and results of, historical events, situations, and changes.


A study of maps can reveal much about changes and development in different areas. Used alongside different materials on the site they can help bring the past to life.

Original Documents:

The chance to see the original sources for the presentations on the site brings young people closer to the role of historical detective and enables them to draw some conclusions of their own. Activities that are based on these documents strengthen the correct use of historical vocabulary.


Images provide a rich source of historical evidence. They provide a different source of information. Pictures are also representations and interpretations of the past and reflect the attitudes of the time.

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