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  • About Nuffield Primary History

      Nuffield Primary History project, 1991-2009
    The Nuffield Primary History project developed a range of approaches and techniques for doing history with children, between and 1991 and 2009. The resources produced by the project are all real lessons which have been taught by real teachers. They include guidance on teaching and examples of children's work. Many...
    About Nuffield Primary History
  • History and language

      Primary History article
    Literacy was at the heart of the Nuffield Primary History Project. The paper below summarises the eight linguistic areas which were a major focus. Here there is considerable congruence with the proposed 2014 NC for English and Literacy with its language across the curriculum focus...
    History and language
  • Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London (KS1) - more lessons

      Lesson Plans
    This resource is free to everyone. For access to hundreds of other high-quality resources by primary history experts along with free or discounted CPD and membership of a thriving community of teachers and subject leaders, join the Historical Association today Please note: these resources pre-date the 2014 National Curriculum.  These...
    Samuel Pepys and the Great Fire of London (KS1) - more lessons
  • Principles for a history curriculum

      Article
    In the mid 1990s the Nuffield Foundation funded the development of a primary history curriculum for Yaroslavl in Russia. It was a contemporary curriculum, choosing issues and concepts of central concern to contemporary society and studying their historical roots, an idea Geoffrey Barraclough developed (Barraclough, 1964). The curriculum was based on...
    Principles for a history curriculum
  • 'Doing Local History' through maps and drama

      Article
    Editorial note: John Fines produced two case studies of Local History for the Nuffield Primary History Project. One on them is published here for the first time.
    'Doing Local History' through maps and drama
  • Powerful Pedagogy

      Article
    Powerful Pedagogy: Teaching Principles For ‘Doing History' With Children Introduction The introduction of National Curriculum History in England as a statutory subject in 1989/90 faced primary teachers with a major challenge of how to teach a de facto new subject. The Nuffield Foundation funded a curriculum research and development project...
    Powerful Pedagogy
  • Planning with literacy

      Article
    History is a subject which of necessity makes extensive use of language in all its forms and so the links with literacy are many. Cooper (2000), Bage (1999), Hoodless (1998) and Nichol, in the Nuffield History Project, have all carried out research into different aspects of the links between literacy...
    Planning with literacy
  • Teaching Styles and Pupil Learning: The Nuffield Primary History Project's Creative, Interactive Pedagogy - The Pupil' Voice

      Article
    This article is a tribute to the 20th century’s most inspirational history teacher, John Fines. He embodied the principles of ‘doing history’ in his teaching and in the Nuffield Primary History Project that he directed. These principles are central to inclusive teaching that meets the entitlement of our gifted young...
    Teaching Styles and Pupil Learning: The Nuffield Primary History Project's Creative, Interactive Pedagogy - The Pupil' Voice
  • Magic History of Roman Britain

      Article
    Please note: this lesson was produced as part of the Nuffield Primary History project (1991-2009) and pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum.  The Magic History of Roman Britain by Jon Nichol provides a great deal of information about life in Roman Britain in story form. It tells the story of Sam and Jane,...
    Magic History of Roman Britain
  • Viking traders

      Lesson Plan (KS2)
    Please note: this lesson was produced as part of the Nuffield Primary History project (1991-2009) and pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum. It is part of a full sequence of lessons available here. Enactive learning - a Viking trading game to help children understand the full variety of Viking life and culture. They were so...
    Viking traders
  • Vikings: Egils Saga

      Lesson Plan (KS2)
    Please note: this lesson was produced as part of the Nuffield Primary History project (1991-2009) and pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum. It is part of a full sequence of lessons available here. Key questions in this lesson were: What did the Vikings value?  What can we discover from sagas and poetry? (These resources...
    Vikings: Egils Saga
  • Saxon Ship Burial

      Lesson Plan (KS2)
    Please note: this lesson was produced as part of the Nuffield Primary History project (1991-2009) and pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum. It is part of a full sequence of lessons available here. The class had investigated life in Roman Britain. A visit to Dewa Centre in Chester together with class lessons and individual...
    Saxon Ship Burial
  • Saxon Settlers in Britain

      Lesson Plans (KS2)
    Please note: this lesson was produced as part of the Nuffield Primary History project (1991-2009) and pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum. It is part of a full sequence of lessons available here. This resource is free to everyone. For access to hundreds of other high-quality resources by primary history experts along with free...
    Saxon Settlers in Britain
  • The End of Roman Britain

      Lesson Plan
    Please note: this lesson was produced as part of the Nuffield Primary History project (1991-2009) and pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum. It is part of a full sequence of lessons available here. Writing poems in the KS2 literacy hour about the Saxon destruction of a Roman town. (These resources are attached below) Children...
    The End of Roman Britain
  • Boudicca

      Lesson Plan
    Please note: this lesson was produced as part of the Nuffield Primary History project (1991-2009) and pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum. It is part of a full sequence of lessons available here. Pupils asked: Who was Boudicca? What was she like physically and what was she like as a person? What did other...
    Boudicca
  • Curriculum planning: How to write a new scheme of work for history

      Primary History article
    Please note: this article was originally written in early 2014 for schools needing to prepare schemes of work for the new National Curriculum coming into effect that September.   The implementation from September 2014 of the new national curriculum programme of study for history gives you a time-scale for reviewing, refreshing and resourcing your new scheme...
    Curriculum planning: How to write a new scheme of work for history
  • Roman Baths

      Lesson Plan
    Please note: this lesson was produced as part of the Nuffield Primary History project (1991-2009) and pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum. It is part of a full sequence of lessons available here. The account tells how we recreated a Roman bath house in the Reception/Year 1 classroom during a ten-week unit learning about...
    Roman Baths
  • Viking Burial Mound

      Lesson Plan (KS2)
    Please note: this lesson was produced as part of the Nuffield Primary History project (1991-2009) and pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum. It is part of a full sequence of lessons available here. In this simulation of an excavation, the children investigate a past event and imaginatively reconstruct what happened, on the basis of the...
    Viking Burial Mound
  • Viking travel

      Lesson Plan (KS2)
    Please note: this lesson was produced as part of the Nuffield Primary History project (1991-2009) and pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum. It is part of a full sequence of lessons available here. How did the Vikings travel so far? Using photos to investigate a Viking longboat. (See Gokstad ship for links to photographs.) Key...
    Viking travel
  • Vikings: who were they?

      Lesson Plan (KS2)
    Please note: this lesson was produced as part of the Nuffield Primary History project (1991-2009) and pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum. It is part of a full sequence of lessons available here. This resource is free to everyone. For access to hundreds of other high-quality resources by primary history experts along with free...
    Vikings: who were they?
  • Sutton Hoo: describing artefacts found

      Lesson Plan
    Please note: this lesson was produced as part of the Nuffield Primary History project (1991-2009) and pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum. It is part of a full sequence of lessons available here. Questions addressed in this lesson were: What would you expect archaeologists to find at Sutton Hoo? Why is it important to...
    Sutton Hoo: describing artefacts found
  • Caesar lands

      Lesson Plan
    Please note: this lesson was produced as part of the Nuffield Primary History project (1991-2009) and pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum. It is part of a full sequence of lessons available here. The class had a clear objective - an understanding of Julius Caesar's landing in Britain, using Caesar's own account in translation...
    Caesar lands
  • Reading into writing

      Article
    Introduction: Interactive Whole Class - Teaching, Textbreaker & EXIT Demonstration and modelling relies upon pupils being able to read the text that is being modelled, including the most demanding document. Accordingly the Nuffield  Primary History Project developed a whole class interactive teaching strategy to support pupil reading of difficult and...
    Reading into writing
  • Celtic Britain: the land the Romans conquered

      Lesson Plan
    Please note: this lesson was produced as part of the Nuffield Primary History project (1991-2009) and pre-dates the 2014 National Curriculum. It is part of a full sequence of lessons available here. Literacy was addressed throughout these lessons: introducing the text and the materials about the island, then working on the production...
    Celtic Britain: the land the Romans conquered
  • The Leeds Community History Project

      Article
    The project The Nuffield Foundation-funded Leeds Community History Project brought together schools and older community members in the creation of community archives. It focused on articulating, valuing and recording the older generation's memories and knowledge. Its overarching aim was to foster active citizenship through inter-generational appreciation and engagement. The project...
    The Leeds Community History Project