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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  • Key Stage 2-3 History Transition Project Final Report

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    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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  • Walter Tull: Sport, War and Challenging Adversity

    Article

    Produced by the Northamptonshire Black History Association, these packs comprise a teachers' resource book, a schemes of work booklet of 10 activities for teachers to use in the classroom, and a CD of the 52 sources used throughout the schemes of work booklet. The resource book contains National Curriculum subject links and...

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  • Citizenship, controversial issues and identity in the transition year

    Article

    Moving from one key stage to another is one of the major rites of passage for pupils, and can be a source of anxiety. Equally it can be a source of anticipation of adventures and different experiences ahead. More probably, for most pupils it can be a mixture of many...

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  • Effective Primary History Teaching, Challenges & Opportunities

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    The last edition of Primary History published the first part of the report on KS2 to KS3 transitions project. Part 1 illuminated the first four of produced eight key ideas or guiding principles for effective history teaching. 1. Primary pupils love primary history when it is both challenging and engaging....

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  • Bringing History Alive Through Creativity

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    In May 2003 the government published Excellence and Enjoyment: A strategy for primary schools, which concluded that: ....by making only small changes to their existing planning and practice, teachers can promote pupils' creativity through the National Curriculum and existing teaching frameworks of the Primary and Key Stage 3 Strategies. Teachers...

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  • Working with Boudicca texts - contemporary, juvenile and scholarly

    Article

    Robert Guyver describes a model for teaching Boudicca’s rebellion to pupils aged 7 to 13. Drawing upon the now traditional emphasis on critical source evaluation in British secondary school history, he nonetheless shuns aspects of that tradition - such as the ‘Death by Gobbets A to F’ approach in many...

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