Lessons - Key Stage 1

The Nuffield Primary History project developed a range of approaches and techniques for doing history with children, between and 1991 and 2009. The resources produced by the project are all real lessons which have been taught by real teachers. They include guidance on teaching and examples of children's work. Many of the lessons have been developed by teachers as part of their continuing professional development. A narrative style was used to describe the lesson and what happened. Read more

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  • Three first-class ladies – teaching significant individuals in Key Stage 1

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    The turn of the 20th century was in many ways a golden age of aviation. In 1903 the Wright brothers conquered heavier-than-air flight. From that time onward there were many other visionaries who wanted to be part of the dream of flying. The topic of early aviation history is an...

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  • Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London (KS1)

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    This resource is free to everyone. For access to hundreds of other high-quality resources by primary history experts along with free or discounted CPD and membership of a thriving community of teachers and subject leaders, join the Historical Association today This was originally part of a 7-week unit looking at...

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  • Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London (KS1) - more lessons

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    This resource is free to everyone. For access to hundreds of other high-quality resources by primary history experts along with free or discounted CPD and membership of a thriving community of teachers and subject leaders, join the Historical Association today  These four extra Great Fire of London teaching accounts (attached...

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  • Gunpowder plot at key stage 1

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    Guy Fawkes and the Gunpowder Plot is a cracking tale for any age group, although the complex political and religious elements are difficult for young children to understand. However, we can help them to gain insights into past people's motivations and methods through storytelling, simulation and role-play. I used all...

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  • The Great Plague of London (KS1)

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    This resource is free to everyone. For access to hundreds of other high-quality resources by primary history experts along with free or discounted CPD and membership of a thriving community of teachers and subject leaders, join the Historical Association today This was originally part of a 7-week unit looking at...

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  • Roman Baths

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    Please note: these resources pre-date the current National Curriculum and some content may be outdated. The account tells how we recreated a Roman bath house in the Reception/Year 1 classroom during a ten-week unit learning about the Romans, in Harrogate, North Yorkshire. Enactive learning - learning by doing. The children...

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  • Roman market (KS1 or KS2)

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    Shopping in a Roman townPart of 'The way of life of people who lived in the more distant past in Britain'. Enactive learning - learning by doing. Over the ten weeks the children handled Roman artefacts, built a Roman road, and created Roman baths and a Roman market. They loved...

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  • Famous People: Florence Nightingale (KS1)

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    The life of a famous person from the past and why she acted as she did Florence Nightingale: her life, why she went to the Crimea, and what happened as a result of her work. Cross-curricular work: this lesson stretches and challenges all children, regardless of their ability, whilst teaching...

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  • Story-telling and discussion: KS1 exemplar: Columbus the explorer

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    Setting the scene: what is an explorer? This resource is free to everyone. For access to hundreds of other high-quality resources by primary history experts along with free or discounted CPD and membership of a thriving community of teachers and subject leaders, join the Historical Association today Lynn Cowell's Year...

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  • Castles: homes in the past

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    The key stage 1 classes were looking at castles in terms of homes in the distant past. This was the second lesson- in the first we debated and decided the best place to build a castle. I wanted to build the children's thinking skills, fostering enquiry skills, information- processing, reasoning,...

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  • Houses: Artefacts from the past (KS1)

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    In these lessons we investigated real objects from late Victorian times. The aim was to enable the children to become more independent in their learning and to extend their literacy. The two lessons described formed part of a Year 1 topic on houses and homes in the past. The children...

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  • Remembrance Day at KS1

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    Famous event in the past This lesson introduces a famous event in the past through personal family history. (These resources are attached below) The photograph of Angela's grandfather, and the surrounding illustrations, provided a direct route into discussions about remembrance and war, then ranged wider still. The children's literacy was...

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  • Detectives: what were schools like in the past?

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    In this lesson we asked what clues (objects and pictures) can tell us about the past. How were schools in the past different from ours? (Resources attached below.) The objectives were: To introduce the children to the idea of history as detective work. To help the children to make comparisons...

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  • Grace Darling

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    I taught a short history topic on Grace Darling, using a painting as the main focus, to encourage evidence-based learning. The painting depicts Grace and her father rowing towards the rocks where the remains of the Forfarshire are resting, with the lighthouse in the distance. The speaking and listening elements...

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  • Magellan at KS1

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    The Year 2 story of Magellan and his voyage round the world. The lessons provided part of the history and geography element in a wider topic on ‘Water'. (These resources are attached below) The teaching was done through the powerful medium of storytelling. The first session was taken up by...

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  • Local study: Fulwell Windmill

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    Please note: This article pre-dates the current National Curriculum and some content and references may be outdated. The lesson formed part of a local study of Fulwell and Fulwell Windmill in Sunderland. It could also be taught as part of the Victorian Britain Study Unit. The children had already looked at maps and...

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  • Children in Victorian Britain: Henry at boarding school

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    In this lesson children pursued an historical enquiry, raising questions and using original sources. They gained an understanding of conditions in early nineteenth-century boarding schools. They read and interpreted difficult and challenging texts, and developed their understanding and use of the persuasion genre. Boarding schools Many children have read well-known...

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  • Magdalen Road

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    We focused on changes in one local set of shops (in Magdalen Road) and looked at the impact of the World War II Exeter blitz on the area. The topic was a local study incorporating history and geography, developing children's historical understanding. To develop as fully as possible the children's...

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  • Mystery of the Missing Cake

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    History Mysteries at KS1 and KS2 The lessons centred round a mystery, the theft of a cake in an imaginary land where soft toys or characters from children's nursery rhymes live - Nursery Rhyme Land. (These resources are attached below) The focus was on stimulating and developing the children's skills...

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