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What is this?

Foundation year historical skills resource

'What is this?' is designed to inspire young students to engage in historical inquiry, and to cultivate their historical literacy and skills. It includes a 15-minute video to introduce teachers to the inquiry-learning approach used in the resource.

What is this? Six historical objects

At the core of this resource is a set of six short videos to use in the classroom. Each one invites students to explore a different historical object. Having watched a video, students can undertake the suggested learning activities to help develop their skills of:

  • observation and sequencing
  • contextualisation and research
  • empathy and speculation


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