Course: Practical approaches to teaching primary history

HA CPD course for primary teachers

About this course

Discover what makes quality teaching of history by exploring how to ensure coverage of the National Curriculum through practical creative methods, which will engage children in interactive methods which can be adopted and adapted for different age groups or themes, whilst ensuring progression and challenge for all.

We will look at how to develop enquiry and secure a deep understanding of historical knowledge. There will be suggestions to encourage children to ask perceptive, historically valid questions, make careful observations and understand how historians use a range of sources of evidence in order to construct their interpretations of the past, as part of the recent focus on the development of disciplinary knowledge. There will also be opportunities to share good practice.

Learning outcomes

This course will enable you to:

  • Learn practical ways to encourage a 'hands on' approach and ways to put the story back into history, with suggestions of how to evidence in children's books.
  • Develop an engaging, interactive approach to the teaching of history by showing children a range of sources e.g. through the use of artefacts, pictures and other historical sources.
  • Unpick the National Curriculum and fully understand how to ensure coverage of its aims while ensuring progression and challenge for all.
  • Understand manageable ways to assess children's knowledge and disciplinary understanding in order to help them improve in the subject.
  • Learn about a range of fantastic resources to bring history alive through suggestions for making the most of museum visits, using your local area with historical maps, and a wide range of books, online museum collections, websites, and much more. 

Course leader

This course is led by Chris Trevor, a primary education consultant with many years' experience of teaching every year in the primary age range, and as Cheshire County Council Advisor for History, Geography and Creative Cross-Curricular Learning. She also presents the course Becoming an effective primary history subject leader

How to book


HA members £205, non-members £285 (all prices are inclusive of VAT). This event is available to book online only; Cademy will charge an additional fee if payment is made by card rather than invoice.

To access the member price please provide your membership number when prompted.

A £50 discount code is available for those who have previously attended our Becoming an effective primary history subject leader course. To obtain your discount code please contact

Did you know it's cheaper to become a member of the HA and purchase your tickets at membership rate? You can find details of Primary membership here.

Available dates

Autumn term: Wednesday 4 December, 9am–4.30pm

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