The history detectives

This activity supports learning in history and English, using the context of the context of Dr Edward Jenner’s work on developing a vaccine for Smallpox. It introduces the concept of historical evidence and helps children start to use primary and secondary sources to respond to simple history questions. The activity begins by asking if real life events happened the way they do in the JAMES film. To find out, children use a range of sources to research the historical evidence about James Phipps, while answering reading comprehension questions about the sources. They then use the evidence to answer questions about the real James.

The history detectives video

This resource has been provided by ASE as part of the ‘Why You’ll Never Catch Smallpox’ resource.

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