ICT and history at Key Stage 1

There are lots of opportunities for pupils to use a range of applications at Key Stage 1 that go beyond commercially-produced activities, and cost very little.  I will explore just a few with the promise of further examples in the next upload.  The ones I have chosen revolve around collecting data and then organising and communicating findings.

Examples of effective use of ICT in teaching history

1. Simple word processing 

Children highlight text, copy and paste to put words or images into two columns, such as old and new. They create labels for museum exhibits. They  write simple narratives, using electronic word banks.  Above all, they write to a set number of words making excellent use of both the delete and word count functions. Examples of this type of activity might be creating a commemorative plaque for a famous person. See Outstanding Lesson on Wright brothers.

2. Desk top publishing 

Completing front pages of newspapers, when an existing electronic frame has already been produced. Examples might include a report on the rescue of Grace Darling or the events of the Great Fire.

3. Data handling

Using a simple database children collect information on the favourite toys of grown-up relatives when

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