To use pictorial evidence in developing children's
skills in questioning and enquiry
Use pictorial sources to answer particular questions about
their locality in the past i.e. people, buildings, land use
? What things can you see and name?
? What sort of place is shown in this picture?
? What helps you recognise this place?
? How is this place similar and different to how it is today?
? Is anything happening in the picture? Describe it?
? What does the picture tell you about the time it was taken?
? What might be happening outside the picture?
? Could you give the picture a title?
? What might it be?
? If you were in the picture where would you like to be and
what would you like to be doing?
What sounds might you hear? What could you smell? Is their
anything you would like to touch or taste?
? Who took the photograph or made the sketch? Where were they
? Why do you think this picture taken? Was it a special occasion?
? Why has this picture/photograph survived?
National Curriculum Ref
4a 4b Historical enquiry
Unit 7 Local history study
Pictorial sources from Staffordshire Places
Using the computer or copies of the pictorial
evidence, ask children simply to look and write down any questions
they have about the picture using the attached template or
a large sheet of paper.
Choose appropriate questions from the above list and divide
them between small groups of children. Ask each group to discuss
and then share their agreed answers with peers.
Ask groups to discuss if there are any other questions they
have, and decide how they might find the answers.
The questions may be written on large paper and displayed
around the classroom for the duration of the study, thus encouraging
ongoing investigations. Any answers the children discover
can be written underneath the question and discussed. It is
important that the source of the answer is disclosed. The
child or teacher can model how the source has been used successfully.
A visit/field trip could be made to the place
the picture or photograph was recorded.
Take time for children just to stand and use their senses
in this place. Listening, and smelling as well as looking.
Ask them to imagine what this place may have been like long
ago and how they may have felt? Give them chance to discuss
and record their thoughts and feelings.
The children can use a digital camera to record what the place
is like now and compare and contrast the old and new evidence
back in the classroom.
While on the field trip children should be encouraged to sketch
the place and comment upon differences. They could use the
original questions used in activity 1 as a focus for further
Work from this field trip could make an impressive display.
Literature (speaking and listening)
PSHE / Citizenship
Opportunities for Extension and Support
Children can use a video camera to record and
report upon what the place is like today. They may interview
local people to record anecdotes and oral histories of how
that specific place has changed in living memory.
Teachers may differentiate questions or use
support frame attached to focus the questioning skills. Children
may record their thoughts and ideas on the field trip using
a tape recorder which may later be transcribed.
Opportunities for ICT
Use of Staffordshire Places online
Use of digital camera, video camera, and tape recorder.