Every picture tells a story: Sage comme une image

Primary History article

By Hilary Cooper, published 30th July 2008

Sage comme une image (As wise as a picture)

Please note: this article pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum and some content and links may be outdated.

A crucial issue in using history as a vehicle for learning is the professional development of colleagues with whom you are working. This is an activity I did with students on a PGCE Primary Distance Learning Course. As it was distance learning it addresses many of the issues that you may face in your own school. The context was typical of the current situation where the vast majority of teachers who are teaching history based topics have little or no experience of the subject after the age of 14.

What can you do when most students [and teachers] have never done history, even at GC SE, and have six hours to learn what are the processes of historical enquiry and how to teach them, even perhaps become a curriculum leader, in a primary school?

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