Primary history is one of the richest areas of teaching and learning, but in order to teach it well trainee teachers need a strong understanding of key historical concepts and the dynamics of the national curriculum. Combining a detailed focus on the core skills and principles underpinning good history teaching, this book helps students to:  • appreciate the key concepts that underpin historical understanding  • engage deeply with the programmes of study for Key Stage 1 and 2  • assess children’s historical understanding  • apply a cross-curricular approach to teaching This is essential reading for anyone studying primary history on initial teacher education courses including undergraduate (BEd, BA with QTS), postgraduate (PGCE, SCITT), school-based training (School Direct, Teach First), and qualified teachers who wish to enhance their professional knowledge.

History in the National Curriculum

History in the National Curriculum

What this chapter will cover

This chapter demonstrates the ability of history to provide a contextual understanding of key events. In this example, the subject under review is the place of history in the primary National Curriculum. It will account for early research and thinking into the pedagogy of school history, including the identification of key concepts essential for developing historical forms of reasoning. The debate between progressives and traditionalists, frequently termed the ‘new’ versus ‘old’ approaches to the subject, is discussed, and how this debate led to a middle way which synthesised the best elements of both approaches, specifically a combination of essential knowledge with vital skills and concepts linked to understanding. This debate was ...

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