Covers all strands of the history curriculum from 3rd to 6th Class.
Each unit includes two activity pages based on the Topic Focus Card and an activity page for each side of the Working as a Historian Cards. At the end of each section, there is a two-page assessment containing a mixture of multiple-choice and written questions based on the strand studied. There are also additional resources suitable for any unit, along with a selection of graphic organisers to help pupils structure their own historical research.
Both features are comprehensively addressed in The History Box. Through a combination of text and pictorial materials, along with research- and enquiry-based learning activities, the teaching of history will complement learning occurring in other subject areas.
Colm Wallace is a primary school teacher from Renvyle, Co. Galway. He attended Mary Immaculate College in Limerick from 2005 to 2008 where he obtained his Bachelor of Education degree. He also studied history as part of his degree which helped foster an enduring love for the subject. Colm has previously researched and written two academic books on the history of Ireland in the 20th century. His first book, Sentenced to Death, recounts the true stories of thirty Irish men and women who had the death penalty imposed on them by the Irish State. His second book, The Fallen, explores the origins of An Garda Síochána and documents the stories of the many Gardaí killed in the line of duty in the early years of the Irish State.
The History Box is Colm’s first educational resource for primary schools. It has been written for the teaching of local, national and international history to Irish pupils of all abilities. It adheres to the principles and content of the history curriculum. Colm has placed considerable emphasis on the skills of a historian to devise a user-friendly and engaging resource for both teachers and pupils.
Colm is currently Deputy Principal of Aillebrack National School in Ballyconneely, Co. Galway where he teaches the senior classes. He is passionate about the teaching of history and has given summer courses to teachers on various aspects of Irish history. He is married to Rebecca and they have one son, Ciarán.