History KS2: How to interview people

One of the most interesting and revealing methods of historical inquiry is personal testimony – learning about history by talking to people who have a connection to an historical figure or theme.

Presented by Joe Crowley, this is a guide for primary aged children on how to get the best from personal testimony by conducting well-prepared interviews.

It gives tips on how to get the best from interviewees and what type of questions to ask.

This clip is from the series History Hunt Episode 2.

Teacher Notes

After watching the clip, pupils could practice interviewing one another and then move on to interviewing older relatives and friends, to gain an insight into how life has changed over recent decades.

The children could develop a shared list of suitable 'open' questions.

For example, they could ask general questions such as: "How have things changed since you were very young?" and more specific ones, such as: "How have fashions changed since you were young?"

The children could record their interviews and take photographs, to share with the class.

Curriculum Notes

This clip is suitable for teaching History at KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and at National 2 Level in Scotland.

More from History Hunt:

An investigation into the life and work of Muriel Matters
An investigation into the life and work of Thomas Andrews
How to use archives
How to research archive pictures
How to research film archives
How to research newspapers