Questioning the past through objects

About this session

Key Stage 2 | Subject: History, English | Topics: Tudors | Session Type: Examining evidence, Classroom-based

Become a history detective and investigate replica objects with the help of a Tudor costumed character.

Children will examine the contents of a missing Tudor chest, and try to identify its owner using the objects as clues.

This interactive object-handling session encourages children to weigh evidence to formulate a balanced opinion and use their discoveries to solve problems.

Learning objectives

Children will:

  • Begin to consider the reliability of different types of evidence.
  • Understand that often more than one price of evidence is needed to get a fuller understanding of an object or an event.
  • Be able to discuss materials and their properties and consider how materials and their uses changed over time.

National Curriculum links

This session supports:

  • Development of critical thinking, weighing evidence and asking perceptive questions in order to construct the identity of an individual using objects.
  • Understanding the methods of historical enquiry, how evidence is used to make historical claims.
  • Understanding historical concepts and using them to make connections, draw contrasts, analyse trends and frame historically-valid questions.

Booking information

Available until end of summer term 2019
Wednesday, Thursday, Friday
10.30, 12.00, 13.30
One hour
Up to 35 children
£95 plus admission

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