In this unit pupils will be introduced to the concept of history and briefly explore the five main periods of history: Prehistory, Ancient History, the Middle Ages, the Early Modern Age and the Modern Age. With the unit-opener and story, pupils begin by refreshing the idea that museums house old objects that give us information about the past. They then reflect on a selection of old objects (phonograph, telephone and typewriter) and their modern equivalents with the use of a table. The main unit content begins by introducing basic concepts of time and how we measure it, as well as explaining four types of historical sources we can use to learn about the past. This is followed by a brief description of Prehistory – divided into the Palaeolithic and Neolithic periods – and a look at some of the great accomplishments of ancient civilisations. The last two content pages touch on some of the important changes, discoveries and inventions of the Middle Ages, the Early Modern Age and the Modern Age. The aim of this unit is to give pupils a general introduction to the five main periods of history. It is designed so that teachers do not have to go more deeply into any one particular period, but rather mark the general differences between them. The language in this unit will help pupils to express themselves more effectively when discussing events in the past, present and future. They will also learn how to order events chronologically using timelines, and how to use a variety of sources when investigating the past.

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