History and language

Primary History article

By Nuffield Primary History Project, published 23rd July 2012

Pupil writing is present at every point in studying history - from initial questioning to the writing and presentation of a finished piece of work. Children continually explore, acquire and build upon both existing and new historical vocabulary and phrases, p. 30. Writing depends totally upon pupils' linguistic knowledge and ability that informs, extends, supports and shapes pupils' writing, pp.17-19. Teacher directed and mediated interactive whole class teaching is crucial.

Oracy is at the heart of pupil development of an extensive historical vocabulary and phraseology, see p. 36. Pupils' oracy involves discussion, exposition, listening, responding and reporting individually, in pairs, small and large groups and as a whole class.

Eight linguistic areas and writing history.

History has its own rich specialist vocabulary and phraseology. When writing children draw and build upon history's eight linguistic areas...

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