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.

Cross-Curricular and Thematic Links

Cross-Curricular and Thematic Links

What this chapter will cover

This chapter begins with a brief section examining definitions of cross-curricularity, concluding with an attempt to create some clarity and consistency over their use. This is followed by an equally brief overview of the arguments for cross-curricularity and curriculum flexibility, particularly the ability to double-count curriculum time, and these considerations are placed within the overall context of a broader debate about a creative curriculum. With specific reference to history, two models from my own research are discussed and further examples are provided, demonstrating how history works effectively as a lead subject and fits in well with many overarching curriculum themes.


In brief, cross-curricularity can be interpreted as a sub-theme of the creative teaching and ...

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