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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  • Strategies, stories and soldiers

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    This workshop took place at the HA Annual Conference May 2016 in Harrogate. Allison Robinson, Crofton Junior School
 Two battles fought over a millennium apart. This year marks 100 years since the Battle of the Somme and 950 years since the Battle of Hastings. The enquiry seeks to discover the...

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  • Transition Key Stage 2 and 3

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    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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • 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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  • Joan of Arc - Saint, Witch or Warrior

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    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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  • 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

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    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

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    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

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    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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