Back to basics: what does a good history lesson look like?

Primary History article

By Susie Townsend, published 30th October 2020

The new emphasis from Ofsted on the importance of the foundation subjects has meant a very welcome renewed interest in history and how it is taught. For years the dominance of literacy and numeracy in the curriculum has meant that time for foundation subjects has at best been compressed, and at worst has disappeared from a regular weekly timetable. History has fared better than a number of these subjects to some extent, but often due to the fact that literacy can be taught through history. Cross-curricular approaches can be very exciting and beneficial but the learning objectives are often based on literacy rather than historical learning outcomes. History appears to be being taught but is, in reality, window dressing disguising the fact that the actual learning taking place revolves around progress in literacy...

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