The skill is to use a source for information and to develop the skill of using evidence from sources.
Starter activity of an 'Inference Grid&' - to develop the analysis of sources. (This is also available, here, as a powerpoint presentation). Main activity - Card Sort entitled ‘Causes, Symptoms & Treatments’, deciding what card goes where. Plenary ideas - &';post-it' notes on A3 sheet - labelled &'Causes, Symptoms and Treatments&';.
There is also a worksheet, entitled 'Symptoms of the Black Death&' to use as an extension activity of for homework.
The pupils have to identify the locations of the 15 longest rivers in the world using an atlas to help them. Well designed and child-friendly, this was a good activity that I would use again next year.