Age Range: 7-9 years old
History Key Stage 2 (England)
The Walk Through Time website is based on the new BBC series of the same name, but can be used independently to explore streets, people and houses of the Roman, Viking, Tudor, Victorian times and the 1950s. These periods are compared and contrasted using games and activities. The site does not aim to be a comprehensive guide to any one particular period, but rather an exploration of change, development and chronology.
Educational Aims and Objectives
The site supports these Key Stage 2 Study Units*:
- 1. Romans, Anglo-Saxons and Vikings in Britain
The Odd-One-Out Games and Print-outs provide visual activities exploring the Roman and Viking times in Britain and how people lived on a day-to-day basis.
The TimeStrip offers the opportunity to explore the personalities of people living in both these and Anglo-Saxon times.
- 2. Life in Tudor Times
The Tudor Odd-One-Out Game and Print-outs explore a typical Tudor street in Britain and the different kinds of people and things that could be found there.
The TimeStrip offers the opportunity to explore the personalities of people living in Tudor times.
- 3a. Victorian Britain
A typical Victorian street is provided in the Victorian Odd-One-Out Game, and can be used as a starting point for a lesson covering the lives of men, women and children at different levels of society in Britain. It could also provide a starting point for a discussion about changes in industry and transport. Print-outs provide further lesson support.
- 3b. Britain Since 1930
The dramatic changes in everyday life, especially those brought on by technology can be explored in the 1950s Odd-One-Out Game.
- 5. Local History
In Living Memory aims to get students talking to members of their own community about major events in their own lives. This is a first step in the research into local history.
The site supports these Key Stage 2 Key Elements*:
- 1. Chronology
This site offers an exceptional resource when learning about chronology.
The TimeStrip is a personality-based timeline. It puts people and their periods into a chronological framework. The TimeStrip includes periods not covered by Key Stage 2 - offering a historical context for major study units. A pair of people for each period is included on the timeline.
The Which Came First? quiz offers the opportunity to place in order the five major periods covered by the series - Roman, Viking, Tudor, Victorian and the 1950s - the clues being pictures of everyday life in those periods. This quiz is fun and reinforces chronology.
The Odd-One-Out Games provide an excellent opportunity to compare and contrast aspects of living in the five periods discussed. They are also presented in chronological order on the web page.
- 2. Range and Depth of Historical Knowledge and Understanding
The TimeStrip offers the personal stories of people who experienced and reflected the major events and social features of particular periods. These personal stories are excellent starting points for a discussion about the characteristic beliefs, ideas and attitudes of the periods and how they changed. The TimeStrip reflects ethnic, religious, social and cultural diversity, as well as a gender balance.
- 4. Historical Enquiry
The TimeStrip offers a good tool for historical enquiry. Clicking on different points in time brings up representative people of a particular time. This exploration need not follow a prescribed sequence, due to the interactive presentation of the timeline.
- 5. Communication
In Living Memory encourages students to interview relatives, neighbours or friends about their memories - a way not only to develop communication skills, but also to see history as personally relevant.
*The numbers correspond to the National Curriculum.