Curriculum Planning at Keystage 3

Long-term planning in history at Key Stage 3

Long-term planning must be much more than listing the topics to be covered.  It must identify the main depth studies and overviews. It must show how the key skills, concepts and processes are kept in balance.  It must also indicate where the formal assessments are...
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Medium term planning in history at Key Stage 3

It is rare now to find history departments who do not use key questions to plan their history work/enquiries.  The best ensure that the questions are phrased in a way that intrigues the pupils and whets their appetite. As a result of the National Strategy...
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Short-term planning in history at Key Stage 3

My view about short-term planning at Key Stage 3 is simple; keep it short. If you are following a detailed medium-term plan, as you should be, then most of the planning has already been done. All that needs attention now is: a. differentiation b. pace and timings c....
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Creativity in History at Key Stage 3

You will find examples of creativity in most of the Outstanding  Lessons on the site. Often these are the product of a creative approach or working towards a creative product but when they are really successful they also promote creativity in the pupils and students....
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Thinking Skills in history at Key Stage 3

Although many aspects of the Key Stage 3 strategy have not necessarily placed the emphasis where I would have liked for history, I think that the two aspects of Thinking Skills and AfL have certainly led to improvement.  It is easy to think that most...
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ICT in the KS3 history curriculum

It has always difficult to keep this section of the site totally up-to-date. This is not only because of the fast-changing nature of technology but also because schools use such different hardware and software. Instead of trying to be comprehensive, I have simply outlined the...
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Numeracy in history at Key Stage 3

History's contribution to numeracy needs to be really carefully thought out or we could waste an awful lot of valuable teaching time.  My heart always used to sink when I watched half a lesson go by with Y8 pupils drawing a timeline, 'because it helped...
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Literacy and history at Key Stage 3

Since 2012 there has been a much stronger emphasis in lesson observations on how well particular groups of pupils achieve. Also, with the sharper focus on reporting what makes teaching effective in improving learning, it will be necessary for inspectors to record in evidence forms...
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Curriculum models at Keystage 3

By now, most of you will have taught your new KS3 curriculum for over a year.  It might seem a strange time to now think about tweaking it, but I am suggesting that you have a close look at how well your KS3 aligns with...
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Rationale for the Key Stage 3 history curriculum

Well it could have been worse! Anyone who saw the egregious draft history curriculum of February 2013 will realise what a relief the final version published in September 2013 turned out to be. Gove lost the battle to increase prescription and for all topics to...
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What is history?

This is such an enormous topic and would fill the complete site. All I want to do is to offer a clear view of what history in schools should be and to point you in the direction of further reading. At a time when the...
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