Identifying the potential of history in teaching Citizenship at KS1 and KS2

Primary History article

By Anthony Panter, Ian Cawood, published 1st December 2002

Please note: this article pre-dates the current National Curriculum and some content may be outdated.

Following the publication of the QCA guide ‘Citizenship and PSHE at KS1 & 2’ (QCA:2000) which identified history as being a suitable vehicle for the teaching of the non-statutory citizenship framework in primary schools, and the QCA KS3 scheme of work for citizenship (QCA:2001) which included two history related units, it was decided to audit a typical primary school’s history programme of work to identify opportunities for developing the knowledge, skills and understanding in citizenship as laid down in the National Curriculum non-statutory guidelines (DfEE:2000). The research demonstrated that a wide range of citizenship material was already being delivered through the history curriculum. A similar approach could be taken to audit the citizenship (and PSHE) coverage for the other non-core subjects.

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