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Animals, Evolution & Inheritance, Properties & Uses of Materials

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A series of cross-curricular resources linking science, history and citizenship

Historical methodology complements science enquiry skills: both disciplines require the questioning of evidence, the development of arguments and nurture critical thinking and reasoning. Through history, pupils are introduced to social and ethical issues relevant to science which increases the opportunity for creative, independent enquiry.

These resources were created by the Centre for Science Education at Sheffield Hallam University in 2009 and are suitable for children aged 9-12 years.

Cross-curricular history topics

Which science and history topics have been linked?

Science links have been made to the following history topics commonly taught in primary schools:

The Egyptians / Body parts – Time Raiders: the death of the mummy

Children evaluate evidence from a recently discovered mummy to work out how it lived, how it died and learn about the function of it’s preserved organs.


World War II / Properties of Materials – Vanished: a blitz mystery

Children compare the properties of different liquids to solve a mystery.


Charles Darwin / Natural selection – Testing the Theory

Children learn about Charles Darwin, his work on the Theory of Evolution by natural selection, and consider how changes to the environment over time might affect what humans look like in the future.


The Romans / Food groups – Food Miles Past: food miles present

Children investigate and compare food miles in the Roman period and the present and consider the impact of transporting food on the environment.


The Romans / Balanced diet – The Roman Banquet: food groups

Children learn about the nutritional benefits of different food groups, learn about the kinds of food eaten in Roman period and plan a diet for a Roman senator, soldier, laundry boy and a child.


Greek Mythology & Nineteenth century / Structure and function of bones – Any Old Evidence: bones and skeletons

Children learn how scientific knowledge of bones has changed over time. They use evidence from different historical periods to predict what animals looked like.


Animal skeletons


Any Old Evidence: Bones & Skeletons

Cross-curricular | 9-12

Roman banquet


The Roman Banquet: Food Groups

Cross-curricular | 9-12

Food transportation


Food Miles Past: Food Miles Present

Cross-curricular | 9-12

The blitz

Properties & Uses of Materials

Vanished: a Blitz Mystery

Cross-curricular | 9-12

Testing a theory

Evolution & Inheritance

Testing the Theory

Cross-curricular | 9-12

Time raiders mummy


Time Raiders: The Death of a Mummy

Cross-curricular | 9-12

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