Classroom Resources

The HA has spent a great deal of effort in developing resonant support for the Key Stage 2 curriculum. Most you will find here, especially the articles and reviews from Primary History. Read more

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  • Primary History and planning for teaching the Olympics - four curricular models

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    IntroductionThree of the most recent curricular editions of Primary History, PH 50, Autumn 2008 , PH 53, Autumn 2009 and PH 57, Spring 2011 are directly relevant to teaching the Olympics.PH 50, Autumn 2008 History Education in the 21st Century  Primary Curriculum raised the issues surrounding history's possible role in...

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  • From Champion to Hero: Engaging Pupils in a study of significant Olympians

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    IntroductionAllocated the task of researching and presenting ideas for teaching about significant Olympians, I thought: ‘Brilliant, this is the easy one'. How wrong can one be! I expected to be able to access a plethora of child-friendly resources devoted to my Olympic heroes like Mary Peters, Seb Coe and Steve...

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  • Investigating the ancient olympic games: A Case Study

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    IntroductionIn a 10-week unit on Ancient Greece, we gave the fourth lesson over to the ancient Olympic Games. The class was a delight: 32 enthusiastic Year 6 children in an urban county primary school.We knew the children would have concepts of the Olympics gained from the modern games. So, we...

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  • Learning to engage with documents through role play

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    IntroductionFirst let me say that I did not research the materials used or plan this lesson. For this I must acknowledge, with thanks, that this is the work of my colleague, Mike Huggins, and the senior assistant archivist in the Cumbrian Record office, Margaret Owen. However, I subsequently taught this...

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  • Artefacts and art facts: images of Sir Francis Drake

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    Editorial note: This article reveals the power of the Internet in helping us all, adults and children, to bring portraits like Drake's to life. So, as you read, follow the links.

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  • History, artefacts and storytelling in the 2011 primary curriculum

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    IntroductionThis article will argue that although history can seem a ‘hard' discipline for young children, it can be made accessible and exciting through telling stories about objects. The article does not contain advice about obtaining objects: that can best be found elsewhere in this Journal and from many other sources.What...

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  • Extending Primary Children's thinking through artefacts

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    IntroductionA research project was carried out with Maltese primary school children at San Andrea Infant and Middle school to see if learning strategies could accelerate pupils' cognitive development. The research involved a range of historical sources: artefactual, pictorial and written. This article focuses on pupil responses to an artefact -...

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  • Doing History with Objects

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    IntroductionI was talking about ‘Doing History' with historical artefacts and objects with a young teacher when she closed the discussion with the statement ‘It's alright for you, you're old, your house is full of old things - how do I get them?' Alas - I had to agree with her,...

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  • Artefacts handling at Brunel's SS Great Britain

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    Editorial note: This article introduces teachers to ss Great Britain as an artefactual teaching resource. It links closely to Teachers TV programmes, see page 30, and should be read in conjunction with them.

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  • Sutton Hoo - Classroom archaeology in the digital age

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    Introduction The class had composed its Anglo-Saxon funeral poem for Raedwald, an Anglo-Saxon king, http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rædwald_of_East_Anglia , the high king or Bretwalda of all seven Anglo-Saxon kingdoms in the early seventh century as well as being King of the East Angles in his own right www.ehistling-pub.meotod.de/images/01_02/15_a.gif, The poem ended in exultation,...

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  • Planning for local history

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    Editorial comment: Barbara writes from the viewpoint of a classroom teacher facing the challenge of ‘Doing local history' for the first time.

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  • Local railway history: using visual resources

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    IntroductionBefore the 1960s British Rail's spider-web network of railway lines reached every town and thousands of villages. Where you live would have been within a thirty minute journey from a station; scroll down to look at the two maps of the pre - 1961 and post 1969 rail networks.). Most...

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  • 'Doing Local History' through maps and drama

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    Editorial note: John Fines produced two case studies of Local History for the Nuffield Primary History Project. One on them is published here for the first time.

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  • A Local History Toolkit

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    IntroductionIn this short paper you will discover some of the tools for ‘doing' local history. They are based on where I live: you can get similar types of sources from where you live, work or teach. Your main source will be a local library or record office, but there is...

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  • Pride in place: What does historical geographical and social understanding look like?

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    Pride in place: What does historical geographical and social understanding look like?

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  • Case Study: Prehistory in the primary curriculum: A stonehenge to remember

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    BackgroundAn article in the Sunday Times newspaper on 7 December reported that Britain is to stop making nominations to UNESCO (United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organisation) for heritage sites to be granted World Heritage Site (WHS) status. With 28 sites across the UK and in overseas dependencies already having...

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  • Teaching Resources from the Ephemera Society!

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    The Ephemera Society is a non-profit body furthering the collection, conservation, study and educational uses of ephemera. The term embraces a wide range of antique paper - Victorian and earlier billheads, advertising, music covers, ball invitations, dance cards, et al - in short, all the printed and handwritten incidentals of...

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  • Folk tales: Universal values, individual differences

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    This paper is about using folktales to introduce young children to the past. It examines the ways in which folk tales reflect the different types of people found in the past and now, in all societies and how folk tales reflect universal values as well as differences between societies. It...

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  • Creating a Classroom Museum

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    Creating your own classroom museum can be an excellent project for involving the whole class in a range of varied and exciting activities. It can be a small scale project using just one surface area with artefacts or labels, or a major undertaking needing plenty of space and possibly involving...

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