Prior Learning

Prior learning activities enable students to value what they already know about a topic. While they establish what students already know, they also help the teacher to identify some of their misconceptions. Prior learning activities can be used as the start of the assessment process.

  1. Big History – Lesson 1: How to be a Big Historian – Primary
    Big History – Lesson 1: How to be a Big Historian – Primary

Tuning in

A tuning in activity helps students to define and focus on the issues they will be dealing with in the unit of work.

  1. Big History – Lesson 2: Just how big and old is the universe? – Primary
    Big History – Lesson 2: Just how big and old is the universe? – Primary
  2. Big History – Lesson 3: Origin Stories – Primary
    Big History – Lesson 3: Origin Stories – Primary
  3. Big History – Lesson 4: Evidence for the Big Bang – Primary
    Big History – Lesson 4: Evidence for the Big Bang – Primary

Finding Out

Students will need to obtain more information about the issues they are going to investigate. They can identify questions of interest and research these either in small groups or on their own. Once information is gathered, it can be shared using chosen communication methods e.g. short presentations. Students can continue finding out by completing a range of investigations, including gathering data. They use appropriate methods to present and communicate what they have found out.

  1. Big History – Lesson 5: How are stars formed? – Primary
    Big History – Lesson 5: How are stars formed? – Primary
  2. Big History – Lesson 6: What are elements? – Primary
    Big History – Lesson 6: What are elements? – Primary
  3. Big History – Lesson 7: What are planets made of? – Primary
    Big History – Lesson 7: What are planets made of? – Primary
  4. Big History – Lesson 8: Life on Earth – Primary
    Big History – Lesson 8: Life on Earth – Primary

Considering Social Action

Students are given opportunities to apply their learning in real world situations, in the classroom, school, home or the local community.

  1. Big History – Lesson 9 – Human development: Evolution – Primary
    Big History – Lesson 9 – Human development: Evolution – Primary
  2. Big History – Lesson 10 – Human development: Collective Learning – Primary
    Big History – Lesson 10 – Human development: Collective Learning – Primary
  3. Big History – Lesson 11 – Human development: Agriculture and Civilisation – Primary
    Big History – Lesson 11 – Human development: Agriculture and Civilisation – Primary
  4. Big History – Lesson 12 – Human development: Expansion and interconnection – Primary
    Big History – Lesson 12 – Human development: Expansion and interconnection – Primary

Assessment and Reflection

Reflection time provides students with an opportunity to value what they have learnt and the learning processes in which they have been involved. Evaluation or assessment tasks during the unit of work will need to conclude.

  1. Big History – Assessment Task (Lesson 13): The Future – Primary
    Big History – Assessment Task (Lesson 13): The Future – Primary