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 2)

Key Stage 2 History (Part 2)

What this chapter will cover

This chapter continues with the remaining requirements for Key Stage 2 and therefore will be of equal interest for practitioners. In line with Chapter 9, it contains a brief introduction to the subject knowledge required to teach authoritatively and suggestions for planning a half-termly unit of study. However, a key difference in this chapter is an introduction to the range of possible topics that can be chosen within each unit, apart from Ancient Greece, and the contextual information which is useful to consider when making these decisions. Due to recommendations outlined in Chapter 9 to place the British history chronology in Years 5 and 6, a comparable case will ...

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