Comparing past and present – KS1 and KS2

There are all sorts of ways in which Suffolk Archives can help your students to compare life today with life in the past.

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Comparing past and present helps children to:

  • Relate history to their own experiences
  • Learn about change within living memory
  • Develop an awareness of the past
  • Develop vocabulary of everyday historical terms
  • Ask and answer questions
  • Explore continuity and change
  • Draw contrasts and analyse trends
  • Devise historically valid questions
  • Understand the ways in which we find out about the past
  • Construct responses that involve thoughtful selection and organisation of relevant historical information

Ways of comparing past and present

  • Explore your local area through historic maps and photographs – get in touch with us on archives@suffolk.gov.uk to discuss how we can support you to do this
  • Find out about school life in the past- get in touch with us on archives@suffolk.gov.uk to discuss how we can support you to do this
  • Make an oral history recording