Probate records (Wills and Inventories )
To conduct a more focused enquiry using inventories
as historical sources.
What is this document?
Why was it written?
Who wrote it?
What does it say?
What words do you understand?
What words do you need help with?
Why has this document survived?
National Curriculum Ref
4a 4b Historical enquiry
Unit 7 Local Study
Wills and Inventories from Staffordshire Places.
Also available from Stafford, Stoke and Lichfield archive
Children work in pairs. One partner has the
original document, while the other has the transcript.
The first child transcribes the document verbally or in written
form, while the second checks the transcription.
After three (or another agreed number) of mistakes they change
over until the document has been read.
They complete the lesson by comparing their transcriptions
with the real one.
What words did they find hard and why?
Are there any sentences that were completely wrong? Why?
Each child prepares an inventory of their bedrooms
They reproduce their personal inventory using the formal language
of the original document.
Literacy Reading and Writing
Opportunities for Extension and Support
Use ink and nibs to write own inventories,
giving children a real first hand experience of penmanship
Adult help may be needed for children with
limited reading and writing abilities.
Opportunities for ICT
Online resources from Staffordshire Places