Skills & Concept(s) Development

History Curriculum: Skills & Concept(s) Development

Middle and Senior Classes

The aim of this document is to highlight the learning that can occur when ICT is constructively used to support learning objectives in the Primary School Curriculum (1999). Each sample lesson & link below is designed to aid teacher- led skills development from the Primary School History Curriculum (1999).


Historian Skill/ Skill Development Link

Time & Chronology

  • Develop an understanding of time and chronology so as to place people, objects and events within a broad historical sequence
  • Record people and events in the past using a variety of simple timelines
  • Use words, phrases and conventions associated with the recording of dates and time

World History: Walk Through Time


Timelines : Indus Valley – 2000 AD


World History Timelines

Change & Continuity

  • Develop an understanding of change and continuity by exploring similarities and differences between the past and the present and between different periods in the past
The Indus Valley: What they did for us

Cause & Effect

  • Recognise some factors which may have caused, prevented or delayed changes in the past
  • Appreciate that events usually have a number of causes and outcomes

O’Connell Street 1900- 2000


Ancient Greece: Heroes of Troy

Using Evidence

  • Examine and use critically a wide range of historical evidence
  • Develop some skills in the location and selection of evidence
  • Distinguish between primary and secondary sources
  • Ask questions about a piece of evidence
  • Compare accounts of a person or event from two or more sources
  • Make simple deductions from evidence
  • Appreciate that evidence can be interpreted in a number of ways

WW2: Chamberlain’s Speeches & Diary


Create My Family Tree


National Museum Collections & Exhibitions


Vikings: Where did they come from?


World War 2 : D Day


Life in Irish Famine Times 


World History Activities

Synthesis & Communication

  • Select and organise historical information
  • Use imagination and evidence to reconstruct elements of the past
  • Communicate this understanding of the past in a variety of ways

Roman Remains


Iron Age Celts: Reconstructing Hill Forts


Reflect on History


  • Imagine and discuss the feelings and motives of people in the past
  • Discuss how an event in the past may have been perceived by those who participated in it.

Early Christian Ireland: St Patrick & Slavery


Famous Lives in History