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Learning Outcome:

  • To understand the meaning of the historical term – Chronology
  • To understand that the word Chronology derives from the Greek words ‘chrono’ and ‘logos’.
  • To be able to put times and dates into chronological order.
  • To see that a timeline is a chronology of dates and events.
  • To understand that a timeline is useful to give an overview of an historical period.

Skills Developed:

  • Chronology and historical terms; Knowledge and Understanding.


Remind pupils to read instructions carefully and to ask for help if they do not understand.

When ready, click on ‘Begin Lesson’.

(Duration: 2 minutes)

Part 1:

Pupils to read chronology explanation page. This could be done as a class activity with pupils suggesting alternative methods for studying/measuring time.

(Duration: 6 minutes)

Part 2:

Pupils to read timeline explanation page. Again this could be done as a class activity, talking through pupil’s days.

(Duration: 6 minutes)

Part 3:

In preparation for the final exercise, a Chronology game, ‘A Journey Through Time’, pupils are shown four timelines spanning the years 1066 to 2000. They should be told to pay attention to the events and monarchs detailed on the timelines as the information will help them to complete the game.

(Duration: 20 minutes)

Part 4:

Pupils to play the Chronology Game – ‘A Journey Through Time’ – They are given choices of historical people or events which they have to choose in chronological order. They begin the game with 20 points and are awarded 5 points for each correct choice. However, if they make a wrong choice they lose 5 points. to win the game they must gain 100 points.

(Duration: 20-30 minutes)

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