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Using Objects

Object-based learning has many benefits:

  • Objects provide a good ‘way in’ to a topic – they can spark interest and curiosity; they can motivate and inspire.
  • Objects can be used with all abilities – they don’t require high levels of literacy.
  • Giving your students the opportunity to handle real objects encourages active learning.
  • Objects can be used to develop your students’ observation, investigation, questioning and interpretation skills.


Below are three simple ideas for ways you can using historical objects in your teaching:

  • I Notice... A simple poetry technique to get students to observe and ask questions
  • ‘I see, I think, I wonder'
  • The 5Ws