Level 2 Integrating EdTechs in History for Primary School

1.4 Analysing visual sources

Key Questions

  • How must sources be analysed?
  • What is TADPOLE?
  • How can you use TADPOLE?
  • What else is important when analysing sources?

How to analyse sources

Sources can be difficult to understand at face value, which is why there are specific ways of examining them to extract the necessary information.

Scroll through the presentation using the arrows on the side

TADPOLE is an acronym that can be used across all grades to aid in source analysis.

Explore TADPOLE by moving through the cards.

Austin, Laurens and Appleby

Examine this source and then work through the TADPOLE activities

What comes next?

Once a source has been analysed, there are three key areas to that need to be questioned:

  • Usefulness
  • Perspective
  • Reliability

Once you are able to answer these questions, the source has been fully examined.

Consider the Slave Trade source

Explain whether this source is useful or not.

How reliable is this source?

Whose perspective is this source from and who else may have a different perspective?

Mark this unit as complete and move to the next unit.

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