Planning

Now that you have got to grips with the basics of planning to teach history in the primary classroom, early career teachers may want to get a bit more creative. In this section you will find articles, guides and resources to get you started.

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  • Making sense of time: Chronology for beginners!

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    This workshop took place at the HA Annual Conference May 2016 in Harrogate. Beverley Forrest, Leeds Trinity University and Stuart Tiffany, Farsley Farfield Primary School Bev and Stuart will introduce you to a range of ways in which you can make the teaching of time meaningful and fun for learners...

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  • Resourcing primary history

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    The recent survey of history teaching in primary schools conducted by the Historical Association revealed that the majority of respondents felt that they were short of resources to teach the revised National Curriculum. Not surprisingly most schools look to find resources that do the job cheaply. It is a truism...

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  • From Home to the Front: World War I (1914-18)

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    From Home to the Front: World War I (1914-18) in the primary school classroom Events which encapsulate family, community, national and global history provide rich opportunities for engaging children. Some of these draw on positive memories associated with past events: the coronation of Queen Elizabeth II, how people responded to...

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  • Using cemeteries as a local history resource

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    Stories in the Stones: using cemeteries as a local history resource Why visit a cemetery as part of the history curriculum? Local studies now feature prominently in the primary history curriculum for both key stages. This development challenges teachers to find easilyaccessible, inexpensive and relevant resources on their doorstep. A...

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  • Early Islamic civilisation

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    IntroductionThe Primary National Curriculum pinpoints Early Islamic Civilisation as Baghdad c. AD 900 - yet it was so much more. For approximately a thousand years after AD 700 there was an extraordinary amount of activity that radiated out from Baghdad and along a glittering crescent through North Africa and into...

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  • Assessment and Progression without levels

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    Assessment and Progression without levels: where do we go from here? The new Primary History National Curriculum is finally upon us. The first thing you might notice is that the level descriptions have gone. These were first introduced in 1995 and became the mainstay for assessing pupil progression and attainment...

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  • Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the kingdom of England

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    The Vikings will be familiar territory to many primary teachers. For many, therefore, this section of the history curriculum should cause fewer headaches than others. This does not mean, however, that it is all straightforward. This article contains a number of elements that teachers might welcome including a timeline of...

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  • Using 'Development Matters' in the Foundation stage

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    Using ‘Development Matters' to plan learning for history in the Foundation stageYou won't find the term history in the Early Years curriculum framework at all. That being so, it can be difficult to know how best to support our Nursery and Reception colleagues when developing historical understanding within the Foundation...

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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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  • A creative Egyptian project

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    IntroductionIdeally when teaching history, teachers will look to deliver projects that will engage and motivate, hopefully making the hard work of being creative stimulating and rewarding, based upon questioning, enquiry, investigation of sources and reaching conclusions grounded in the evidence.Ancient Egypt is one of those history topics which, because it...

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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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  • OFSTED, primary history and creativity

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    Co-ordinators concerns: OFSTED, primary history and creativityI'm told the emphasis in schools now is for a rigorous approach to history where the children are taught the main facts and features of history. I recall a time not so long ago when the whole curriculum was about creativity but surely I...

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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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Choosing a topic

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    Choosing a topic, creating teaching approaches and choosing resources for historical understanding  The Rose Report places history in the sphere of ‘Historical, Geographical and Social Understanding'. This allows for a more flexible approach to study, especially suitable for the first years of Primary teaching. It offers exciting opportunities for cross-curricular...

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  • Planning for the future: Primary history teacher education in the 21st century

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    Introduction The introduction of the professional standards for teachers in England from September 2007 provides many challenges as well as opportunities for current teacher education. The Framework of Professional Standards (http://www.teachernet.gov.uk/) outlines the characteristics of teachers at each career stage from the award of Qualified Teacher Status (QTS) (Q) to...

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