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Image source: Parents Weekend 2009 by Elmirs College / CC BY 2.0


Children and teachers collaborate to study present and past family life using the context of constructing a history box using digital or other media.

Using the sources from the history box, children investigate the key inquiry questions:

  • How can we show that the present is different from or similar to the past?
  • How do we describe the sequence of time?

On completion of the history box, children answer questions about the objects and/or the events they represent and sequence the objects from the history box to show the passing of time. They create a short historical narrative (oral) based on the sequence of objects using terms that relate to past, present and future.

Spoken/signed: Research


  • Teacher guidelines (includes cover page)
  • Task-specific standards: Continua
  • Task-specific standards: Matrix
  • Assessment resource: Example of a recording device to gather evidence 
  • Assessment resource: Question starter grid
  • Assessment resource: Omar's history box

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