Briefing Packs

In a busy world, sometimes you just need that update or issue explained in a nutshell. The Historical Association briefing packs provide succinct essential support for a range of issues affecting primary history teaching and learning. In addition our topic briefing packs provide an excellent starting point to learn more about particular historical periods, people and events. 

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  • Alexander Review

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  • Alternative Suggestions to the QCA Planning

    Article

    In the light of recent uncertainties about the new Primary Curriculum, we at the HA felt that it might be helpful to teachers in schools looking to adapt next year's planning to have a few alternative ideas at their fingertips. Those topics identified contain links to medium term plans that are...

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  • Ancient Egypt

    Multipage Article

    The Topic Pack gives you a brief summary on Ancient Egypt.

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  • Ancient Greece

    Multipage Article

    A Topic Pack on Ancient Greece.

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  • Assessment for learning in Primary History

    Multipage Article

    A Guide to Assessment for learning in Primary History

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  • Britain Since 1930

    Multipage Article

    This Topic Pack gives you a brief summary on Britain since 1930.

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  • Case Study 2: Creative chronological thinking

    Article

    Connecting with the pastPersonal biographiesI often ask groups to collect and record their own personal chronologies. They are asked to bring in evidence to tell the stories of their own lives or of the life of a relative, which they will then weave into a ‘photo book' story. The photo...

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  • Community cohesion and the prevention of violent extremism

    Multipage Article

    A series of key stage targeted activities and schemes of work for promoting community cohesion and the prevention of violent extremism.

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  • Creating the 'creative history' website

    Article

    Editorial note: The role of ICT in the Digital Age is a major, perhaps even, the major factor, in enhancing creativity in the learning and teaching of history. This paper illuminates another dimension of ICT in the Digital Age and creativity. It shows how a teacher's creativity  has produced a...

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  • Curriculum Mapping at Key Stage 2

    Article

    The revised National Curriculum for history published on July 8th 2013 contains new content and possibly greater coverage that may find schools needing to map out what they cover and when more closely. The following list defines the topics that must be taught. Following this are some suggestions as to how...

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  • EU Referendum Pack - for schools

    8th June 2016

    The Referendum on June 23 about Britain’s future in Europe is big news. Today, a letter against “Brexit” was published by the Guardian signed by 300 historians but in a campaign lacking in actual information from either side about the possible impact of a decision to stay or leave, we...

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  • Evacuation

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    The topic of evacuation is very popular at Key Stage 2. It is chosen because many colleagues believe that pupils in years 5 and 6 will be able to empathise with children of the same age who were evacuated from British cities and other target areas in World War II...

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  • Florence Nightingale

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  • Geosong

    Article

    An innovative primary/secondary transition projectHow do we engage young people with their Heritage, answer curriculum needs and make that big leap of transition from primary to secondary school that bit easier? English Heritage's Geosong treasure hunt website went some way to providing answers. What does the website do? Using handheld...

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  • Globalisation

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    ‘Some experts see current globalisation as an extension of what has already occurred in previous periods of world history. We all live in a globalising world and we sometimes forget that the world we had between 1850 and 1914 was also very intensely integrated and that was true of capital...

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  • HA Primary Webtrails

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    Selected Historical Association web trailsThe following is just a sample of web trails from the Historical Association website. We offer resources, guides, CPD, information and podcasts on a whole host of curriculum topics. The following selection offers you some well known curriculum topics, plus a few that could be used...

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  • History: Using Stories

    Article

    ‘Making the past present and bringing the distant near' Thomas Babington Macaulay 1828 Smollett's constitutional HistoryAs a teacher covering some area of primary history such as Florence Nightingale or Victorian Britain have you ever heard the dreaded words from a child ‘So what?' This can actually be a front for...

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  • In My View: Creativity & History

    Article

    Introduction A great deal has been written recently defining what is meant by creativity in primary education. And much has been written urging us to ‘teach creatively'. Yet there had been no exploration of what teaching creatively means in terms of teaching history until a group of colleagues and I...

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  • Indus Valley

    Multipage Article

    The names and stories of the people and their cities are a mystery, their ideographic script yet to be deciphered. So how do we know the ruined cities of the Indus Valley belonged to a unique civilisation, forgotten for millennia?

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  • PSHE education and statutory status

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