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.
How will this book help my practice?
The book is essentially written for primary teacher trainees, or early career teachers, who entered teaching through a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or school-based routes and who may not have studied history in any form since they were in Key Stages 3 or 4. It is also equally useful for teachers and those who have studied history to ‘A’ level, and possibly continued to study the subject at university, who are unlikely to know the content and concepts covered by the National Curriculum, and who may appreciate an opportunity to think more deeply about the nature of the subject they have studied for several years. It also contains some useful content for subject coordinators who may ...