This section highlights the general links between the schooLMAte site
and the National Curriculum. Attention has been paid to the following
- 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
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.
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.
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
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
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 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.