Learning about the world and its history is a key part of primary school teaching. What follows is our resource recommendations for Primary School History.
- World History: Children can discover important artefacts from world history through a dynamic interactive timeline, quizzes and videos, while teachers will find a host of lesson plans and activities to engage students. Parents can click on individual topics with their children (for instance, the Rosetta Stone). The site presents a short explanation on what makes the artefact so special and features photographs and videos on related subject matter (in the case of the Rosetta Stone, videos are provided for everything from the names of Ancient Egyptian Pharaohs to the magnificent tomb of Tutankhamun).
- Ancient Greeks: This site does plenty to bring children closer to the wonders of ancient history, allowing them to select from a number of categories, including Home life, Gods and heroes, Arts and theatre and Greeks at war. Each category contains photographs of important artefacts, which each tell their own story. Fun facts and additional resources are also provided, as well as quizzes, activities and related information.
- Romans: The influence the ancient Romans has wielded on modern society is difficult to calculate and this site invites kids to appreciate ancient Rome and its effect on everything from technology to warfare, art and architecture. Parents who use the site alongside their children while helping them review for Primary School History will delight at rediscovering topics such as the Roman army, the invasion of Britain and typical life in a Roman town.
- Children in Victorian Britain: Growing up in Britain during the Victorian era was difficult for many children, with many working in coal mines or factories. This site invites kids to learn how children played, lived and spent their leisure time, through text material, photographs, videos and audio clips. Quizzes, fun activities and additional resources are provided as well. Further information on this era can be found on this school radio site entitled Victorians.
- Heroes of Troy: This refreshingly unique site focuses on the Trojan War, beginning with the love story of Paris and Helen. Rather than present factual information, it head dives into music, with students learning songs which describe different events in this fascinating story of love and war. Backing tracks are provided so students can create their own karaoke at home or at school – who said history was a dry subject?
- Your Paintings – History: Art is one of the most important sources for historiographers and this site aims to highlight the entire contents of the National Collection of Art. Teachers will find a wealth of masterpieces that highlight both daily life and important historical events which are relevant to Britain and to other areas of the world as well.
- Walk Through Time: This site covers the following Units of KS2 QCA Schemes of Work: Unit 6 – Case Studies in Romans, Anglo-Saxons or Vikings; Unit 8 – Tudors; Units 11 and 12 – Victorians; and Unit 13 – Changes since 1948. It takes a playful look at history by asking students to complete a host of activities and games that ask them to list events in chronological order, explore historical figures in a time strip and play a fun odd-one-out game. In the latter, children are shown an image of a typical Roman street, for instance, and are asked to look closely and identify items that do not belong in the scene. There are a host of print-outs for use in class or at home, which invite children to observe, reflect, enquire and communicate their knowledge of history.
We hope that you have found these resources useful. If you have come across additional history resource websites that you really like, then please feel free to tell us about these in the comments below.