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Key Stage 3 History
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This section highlights the general links between the schooLMAte site and the National Curriculum. Attention has been paid to the following areas:

  • Knowledge, Skills and Understanding
  • Chronological Understanding
  • Knowledge and Understanding of Events, People and Changes in the Past.

The examination of different London communities allows for a broad study of social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity , both in Britain and the wider world

Young people can use the website to make connections between events and changes. There are also ways in to key aspects of local, British, European and world history. The breadth of the site material allows some identification of trends, both within and across different periods.

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. These stories offer opportunities to evaluate and use sources of information, apply historical knowledge to analyse the past and to consider how the past can be represented and interpreted in different ways.

The exploration of different communities allows the pupils to compare the structure of societies and economic, cultural and political developments and to think about the significance of the main events, people and changes studied.

Timelines

Significant individuals and events are shown in the timelines. The timelines also offer development in the appropriate use of dates, vocabulary and conventions that describe historical periods and the passing of time.

Stories and Case Studies

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 to into contact with actual historical evidence.

The provision of these pieces of evidence allows pupils to analyse and explain the reasons for, and results of, the historical events, situations and changes in the periods studied. In this way pupils can make links between events, situations and changes.

Attention has been paid to the need for pupils to learn how to describe and analyse the relationships between the characteristic features of the periods and societies studied.

The stories also explore ideas, beliefs, attitudes and experiences of men, women and children in the past.

Plays

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 provide opportunities to analyse and explain the reasons for, and results of, the historical events, situations and changes in the periods studied.

Maps

A study of maps can reveal much about changes and development in different areas. Used alongside different materials on the site they provide additional analytical tools for the pupils with regard to living conditions.

Original Documents

The chance to see the original sources for the presentations on the site places them in the position of the historian and enables them to draw some conclusions of their own. Activities that are based on these documents strengthen the correct use of historical vocabulary and analytical skills.

Images

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. They provide another means by which pupils can describe and analyse.



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