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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  • The Maya: a 4,000-year-old civilisation in the Americas

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    Obscured by the fame of the Aztec empire or shrouded by a veil of mystery, the cultural history of the Maya has generally been misunderstood by the British public. Maya civilisation developed in a territory the size of Germany and Denmark together (nearly 400,000 km2). This vast territory shows three...

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  • Scheme of Work: Anglo Saxon, Viking and Scots settlement in Britain

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    Children can be introduced to the idea that people from other societies have been coming to Britain for a long time.  They can learn about some of the tensions involved in the settlement as well as ways of life and matters that impact on us still.   Links can be made...

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  • Summary of Key Changes to Primary Curriculum for 2014

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    Following the publication of the final programmes of study and through talking to primary teachers at regional events, it has come to our attention that there is still a great deal of confusion surrounding the final programmes of study for history about what is statutory, what is not, what can...

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  • Teaching the Tudors in the New Curriculum

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    Jennifer Donovan is a primary teacher and consultant. The following resources come from a workshop she delivered at Hampton Court Palace in October 2013 looking at how to teach the Tudors in the new curriculum.

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  • Progression without Levels

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    "As part of our reforms to the national curriculum , the current system of ‘levels' used to report children's attainment and progress will be removed.  It will not be replaced." (DfE 2013)If you are beginning to think about how to go about defining and assessing progress in a post levels...

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  • Primary History and Progression

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    Steve Davy teaches at the Wroxham School in Potters Bar. The Wroxham is an outstanding teaching school and regularly trains teachers. The following links and resources are from a workshop that Steve gave at the London History Forum in November 2013 looking at good primary history and progression in the...

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  • Curriculum Mapping at Key Stage 2

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    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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  • Geosong

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    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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  • Thematic or topic based whole school curriculum planning

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    Case Study 1: Creative approaches to thematic or topic based whole school curriculum planningIntroductionCreative curricular planning With the National Curriculum under review, it seems that more schools are taking a creative approach to planning by delivering the curriculum through a focused theme or topic. This has allowed schools to take more...

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  • Case Study 2: Creative chronological thinking

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    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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  • Creating the 'creative history' website

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    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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  • In My View: Creativity & History

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    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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  • 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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  • Alternative Suggestions to the QCA Planning

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    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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  • Florence Nightingale

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  • Primary Topic Websites

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    We have put together a short list of websites that may be useful for teaching particular topics. Please note this is not an exhaustive list, the sites are not necessarily ones we endorse and are by no means fully tried and tested by us, but are simply the result of...

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  • PSHE education and statutory status

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  • Alexander Review

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  • History: Using Stories

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    ‘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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  • Teaching Slavery

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    Teaching Slavery in Primary Schools: A Teacher's Guide  We at the HA were recently delighted to welcome Michaela Alfred-Kamara, the Education Officer at Anti-Slavery, to one of our meetings. She talked about her work in primary schools and it was felt by all that her extremely insightful advice on teaching...

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