Transition KS2-KS3

Historical Association surveys show that when it comes to transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3, only around 6% of primary and secondary schools work together or share information concerning history. This often results in secondary schools being unaware of what children from their primary feeder schools know and can do in history and sometimes children moving into year 7 can feel like they are taking a step backward. In this section, you will find articles that will help you to think about and plan for history transition as well as supportive project resources that could form the basis of a history transition project with secondary schools.

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  • Transition Key Stage 2 and 3

    Article

    It can sometimes seem that the primary and secondary phases of education live in isolation from each other. After all, most primary teachers are generalists (despite sometimes having specialist experience of a particular curriculum area), having to turn their hands to all subjects on the curriculum whatever they feel about...

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  • Remembering Agincourt: Bilingual Enquiry

    Multipage Article

    Do they learn about Agincourt in France? 2015 was a year of anniversaries. As part of our funded commemoration projects surrounding the 600th anniversary of the Battle of Agincourt, we have commissioned an enquiry looking at the battle and how it has been remembered, particularly aimed at pupils in years...

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  • From Home to the Front: World War I

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    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 the first flight to the moon, the Millennium celebrations. Yet it is perhaps gruelling...

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  • Global Learning Programme

    Multipage Article

    The Global Learning Programme (GLP) is a ground-breaking new programme which will create a national network of like-minded schools, committed to equipping their students to make a positive contribution to a globalised world by helping their teachers to deliver effective teaching and learning about development and global issues at Key Stages 2...

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  • Assessment and Progression without levels

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    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 in Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 across schools in England....

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  • Before 1066 & All That: Transition between KS2 & KS3

    Multipage Article

    This e-cpd unit models how primary and secondary teachers of history might improve transition between KS2 and KS3 through collaboration on a transition unit aimed at Year 6 pupils on the Vikings.It contains original teaching and training materials written by Andrew Wrenn, former Cambridgeshire Humanities Advisor and funded as part...

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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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  • Key Stage 2-3 History Transition Project

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    The units and resources in this area come from the Historical Association's 2005 Key Stage 2-3 History Transition Project. These resources have been relocated from the History Transition website and are meant to be resource for teachers of history in primary and secondary schools and others in the history education community....

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  • Using ICT in the Teaching of History

    Multipage Article

    Dr. Haydn stressed that one of the roles of ICT in the history classroom is to develop pupils' information literacy - to make them more discerning about what they read and what they watch. This includes challenging the popular pupil perception that the internet is the fount of all truth...

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  • Historical Enquiries and Interpretations

    Multipage Article

    Dr. Michael Riley started his session by showing a Key Stage 1 history reader called Orphan Mary. It told the story of a Victorian mill girl who injured her finger on machinery in a weaving shed. The story ended happily. Dr. Riley explained that when he had told the story...

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  • Extended Writing in History

    Multipage Article

    Christine Counsell gave out an essay written by a pupil she taught in a year 7 class. She asked the group to read the essay and then discuss it in pairs. The questions to be discussed were: 1. What is good about this piece of writing? 2. What is challenging...

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  • Joan of Arc - Saint, Witch or Warrior

    Article

    A Year 7 History Enquiry Andrew Wrenn's training session was designed to model the approach to planning an historical enquiry set out by Michael Riley. It took teachers through a range of activities already successfully trialed with Year 7 classes at Ailwyn Community School in Ramsay, Cambridgeshire. The main feature...

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  • What makes good primary history?

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    Dr. Lomas stressed the popularity of history in primary schools - many children are passionate about the subject. He said that one of the most important roles of good primary history was to address and correct pupils misconceptions about the past. For example, some children seem to believe that the...

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  • Interpretation and poor Victorian Children

    Multipage Article

    This unit centres on the portrayal of poor, Victorian children. While factual knowledge about conditions in workhouses is an essential component of the unit, the main focus is on contrasting portrayals of one fictional Victorian child, Charles Dicken's Oliver Twist. The unit creates opportunities to analyse examples of films based...

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  • The New Elizabethans

    Multipage Article

    This unit centres on life in Britain at the 1953 coronation and how people at the time looked back to the reign of Elizabeth I.

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  • Was Boudicca Britain's first hero?

    Multipage Article

    This unit centres on Queen Boudicca.While factual knowledge about her life and the Roman occupation are an essential component of the unit, the main focus is on contrasting interpretations of Boudicca over time and exploration of the reasons behind her shifting reputation.

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  • How cruel were the Victorians?

    Multipage Article

    This unit centres on Victorian crime and punishment.While some factual knowledge about crime and punishment in the period forms an essential component, the main focus is on testing the validity of the popular interpretation that Victorians were cruel, by reference to original evidence and information about famous reformers.This unit was originally...

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  • Living Museums and Victorian Britain

    Multipage Article

    This unit centres on ways of portraying life in Victorian Britain.While factual knowledge of aspects of Victorian life in Britain are a vital component of the unit, the main focus is on exploring the way living museums present the period, taking into account their purpose and audience.This unit was originally...

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  • Myths and War Evacuees

    Multipage Article

    This unit centres on the evacuation of children during the second world war. While the factual knowledge of evacuation is an essential component of the unit, the main focus is on exploring the varied feelings and experiences of children sent to the countryside and a comparison with a film interpretation...

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  • Key Stage 2-3 History Transition Project Final Report

    Article

    The project was steered and edited on behalf of the Historical Association by Andrew Wrenn, General Adviser for History, Cambridgeshire Advisory Service. It was funded by the Innovation Unit of the Department for Education and Skills.

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