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.

Sources of Historical Evidence

Sources of Historical Evidence

What this chapter will cover

The intention in this chapter is to outline some of the research and scholarship conducted to investigate children’s use of objects, images, text and educational visits as sources of historical enquiry. The chapter includes detailed examples from my own practice covering the use of objects and paintings. This is also the chapter where more detail is provided about the place of the local study and its links with primary geography.


The proceeding chapters have outlined and deconstructed the principal concepts and form of historical teaching and learning recommended both from research and the philosophy of history contained within the National Curriculum requirements. The aim of this chapter is to suggest the forms and sources ...

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