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.

Key Stage 1 History

Key Stage 1 History

What this chapter will cover

The aim of this chapter is to summarise the very earliest requirements for the study of history in the Early Years Curriculum. The Key Stage 1 curriculum is introduced in a progressive and systematic way from Year 1 onwards, beginning with thematic topics that contain historical elements, planning around a story with historical links, and on to the more detailed and systematic approaches based on key people and events from the past. Reasonably detailed examples are provided. The importance of enquiry, historical evidence and historical forms of reasoning are reiterated.


For many Early Years and Key Stage 1 practitioners, it may be argued that the theoretical and philosophical sections of this book have little ...

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