This active lesson for Year 4 has been adapted from the one featured in the QCA Teacher Assessment Activities for history at Key Stage 2 (2006). It involves pupils seeking out clues as in a treasure hunt before researching, as a team, the evidence for who actually built the pyramids. They then have to come to a decision having weighed up the various options.
- pupils can see that there is more than one interpretation of who built the pyramids
- pupils grasp that some evidence is stronger than others
- pupils understand that you can hold a different opinion to someone else about the strength of particular pieces of evidence
- they appreciate that history has to be rewritten in the light of new evidence
NB Before the start of the lesson you will need to secrete a number of clues provided as a downloadable resource around the room, as part of the treasure hunt aspect of the lesson. You will also need an image of a pyramid and possibly the film referred to below.
Slow reveal an image of a pyramid. Ask the pupils who they think built it. Then show them the introductory section from the film Prince