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Being a History Detective - Looking for Clues!


Over the past few weeks you have become amazing detectives, finding out lots of information to complete lots of your home learning activities.

You have been scientific detectives looking for minibeasts, writing detectives searching for facts and now we would like you to be history detectives.


History is about things that happened a long time ago and this video will help you to learn how to find different types of clues.

Did you hear how history detectives look for clues by finding primary sources like objects and secondary sources like information written after the event?

How can you find out about the past?


Challenge 1 - Historical sources in your hometown

Under the video you have just watched is Activity 1.

You will need to look at the map of Salchester and decide on 6 places where there could be clues about the past.

Sit with a grown up and talk about the different buildings or possible sources of information that you can see and how they may help us to find out about the past. 

When you have decided on all 6, click on each one to see if you are correct.


Challenge 2 - Let’s find out about what school was like years ago

For those of you who came to school last week you were making history and for the last 14 weeks you have been making history!

When you are grown up and maybe have children of your own they will want to hear all about the time schools had to close and boys and girls had to do their learning at home. 


At the moment our school has to be a little bit different. Think about what was the same and what was different:



  • same teachers and teaching assistants
  • same building
  • same classrooms



  • no school uniform
  • smaller class groups
  • one day a week
  • individual desks


Do you know what school was like when mummy and daddy went to school, or when your grandparents went to school?

How could you find out?

How could you be a history detective?


Older people can tell you a lot about what life was like in the past and a good way to find out what someone remembers about the past is to interview them.

Think of your family.

Who do you think would be a good person to interview to find out about what school was like a long time ago?

Once you have decided, you need to plan your interview.


An interview is where you ask somebody questions to find out more about them.

You need to think of some suitable questions to ask which will get them talking about their school and what it was like a long time ago.


We have talked about different questions before.

Do you remember going to Gwalia Stores at St Fagans museum and asking the shop keeper questions to find out about shopping in the olden days?

We also sent out letters to someone in our family and asked them questions about the toys they played with.

This interview will be very similar but you will be the one asking the questions and listening carefully to the answers.

You need to think of 5 really good questions. These words may help you to plan some super questions.

How?, When?, Why?, What?, Who? and Where?


Once you have planned your interview, log onto Purple Mash and look for your 'Being a History Detective' 2Do.

On here you need to write your interview questions.

Remember a questions starts with a capital letter and ends with a question mark.


Then for the really fun part you need carry out your interview.

If you are interviewing mummy or daddy that should be easy but maybe you are interviewing a member of your family that doesn't live with you.

Are you able to visit the person and carry out a 'socially distanced' interview or do you need to telephone them or you could set up a Zoom or Facetime call! 

Maybe you want to interview more than one member of your family!


We can't wait to look at this piece of work with you when you are next in school. 

You can tell us who you interviewed and what they told you about their school days.

Was the person you interviewed ever naughty in school!

We wonder what interesting information you will find out!


Good luck with your detective work!