Learning Outcome:

  • To understand the meaning of the historical terms – Primary and Secondary Source and to be able to differentiate between the two.
  • To know that an historian asks questions – when, why, what, where, how, who – to discover information from a source.
  • To discover what historical information can be learnt from a painting.

Skills Developed:

  • Chronology and historical terms;
  • Knowledge and Understanding;
  • Communication;
  • Interpretation of sources


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 explanation page. This could be done as a class activity with pupils suggesting actual sources possibly for the time period that they are studying.

(Duration: 5 minutes)

Part 2:

Pupils to work through exercise deciding whether a source is a Primary or a Secondary Source.

(Duration: 10 minutes)

Part 3:

Pupils to check their answers.

(Duration: 4 minutes)

Part 4:

Pupils move on to an explanation of the questions that an historian might ask of a Primary or Secondary Source.

(Duration: 10 minutes)

Part 5:

To clarify the value of using sources to give information about the past, pupils are shown a painting, ‘When did you last see your Father’, by W.F. Yeames. Pupils are to read the information below the picture.

(Duration: 15 minutes)

Part 6:

Pupils could be allowed to play some of the history games on this site. Further historical research or source work could be done using the pages on this site or from the A-Z of History.

(Duration: 10 minutes)

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