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.

Assessing Historical Understanding

Assessing Historical Understanding

What this chapter will cover

This final chapter outlines several ways children’s progress in history can be monitored. The argument presented here is that children’s attitudes towards history should be recorded. The retention of historical knowledge can be assessed through informal tasks, such as online quizzes. Evidence for progress in historical skills and understanding is far more challenging, and a case is made for assessing children against the principal historical concepts that have underpinned this book.


It is unquestionably true that the single biggest challenge of undertaking meaningful assessment in the humanities subjects is simply finding the time to carry out useful and productive assessment activities, given the pressure of planning and teaching the whole primary curriculum. This has been increasingly ...

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