History – Module 1

The history worksheets provide the context for discussion of historical issues on a local and global level. The primary resource for both teaching and learning history relating to the Burren and the surrounding area.


History Pupil Worksheets 1A:
Kilfenora, Then and Now

Strand: Local Studies
Strand Unit: My locality through the ages
Strand Unit: Building, Sites or Ruins in my locality
Skills: Using Evidence, Time and Chronology
Approach: Documentary evidence (Pictures and Photographs)
Question Options

  • What building remains at the heart of Kilfenora in the two images and what
    changes have taken place in technology and transportation between the
    time span of the two?
  • Discuss similarities and differences between the two images of Kilfenora

To Do

  • Based on a class visit to the Burren Centre, create a timeline for the religious
  • history of the Burren.Compare and contrast this with a timeline of the religious history of your locality

“The notion of sequence provides a basis for the development of chronological awareness and is crucial to historical thinking” – Primary Schools History Curriculum Teacher Guidelines


History Pupil Worksheets 1B:
Prehistoric Peoples of the Burren

Integrated Strands: Early People and Ancient Societies; Local History
Strand Unit: My locality through the ages
Skills: Change and Continuity; Cause and Effect
Approach: Using artefacts; Using Pictures and Photographs; Using the environment, make deductions; recognise items and features.
To do:

  • Collect local history associated with historic sites and monuments in your area, and compare with the history associated with monuments interpreted at the Burren Centre

“… the ‘ordinary’ buildings, roads, walls, fields and other elements of the natural and built environment have been shaped by the actions, needs and tastes of people in the past.” – Primary Schools History Curriculum Teacher Guidelines


History Pupil Worksheets 1C:
Burren Folklore
Strand: Story
Strand Unit: Stories from the Lives of People in the Past
Strand Unit: Myths and legends
Skills: Communication and Synthesis; Using Evidence
Approach: Oral Evidence, Documentary Evidence
History Pupil Worksheet 1C will engage children in lively, purposeful activity at the Burren Centre, in the classroom and in extensive exploration of the local environment. It deals with Myth – a story that explains the big questions oflife. The “How” stories …. e.g. ” How physical landscapes came to be” show how legend, told as if it is history, may have been based on a real event, but has become embellished in oral retelling, e.g. the Spanish reference in Worksheet 1C could be an allusion to the strong Milesian influences in Irish history.
“Oral evidence is a vivid and immediate historical source …it makes incidents and aspects of the past real for children and gives us access to memories and information which are almost impossible to obtain elsewhere”


History Pupil Worksheets 1D:
Modern History
Local Studies
Strand Unit: Society, Traditions & Pastimes in the Past
Visit to the Burren Centre to reinforce pupils’ knowledge and take part in activities. Break into groups and complete worksheets available at desk and also included in this pack. Included with this teacher card module pack is an orientation of the Burren Centre itself based on 10 stops to allow teachers prepare questions with class pre-tour. This can form  part of an integrated SESE project and also teach the pupil to work as an historian.


History Pupil Worksheets 1E
Written in Stone Crossword
Across: 1. Cahercommaun; 2. Mesolithic; 3. Submarine
Down: 1.Neolithic; 2. Glacier; 3. Fachtnan