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 2 History (Part 1)

Key Stage 2 History (Part 1)

What this chapter will cover

This chapter may be the most relevant in the book for practitioners working in Key Stage 2. It reviews the requirements for covering the British history overview from the end of the Ice Age to the death of Edward the Confessor in 1066. However, it is only meant to provide ideas for future research rather than include all the information a teacher will require. Similarly, suggestions for a half-termly plan are outlines rather than detailed examples. A key suggestion is that these elements are truncated and incorporated into Years 5 and 6 because of the complexity of the material and the timescales involved.


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