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  • Sunday, 18 April 2021 10:50

    KS1 Medium Term Planner for Spreading the Word: Caxton to Bell

    The ‘significant people’ element of the KS1 history curriculum now requires pupils to compare achievements of individuals within a linked theme - in this case communication in a topic called ‘spreading the word’. We have chosen Caxton and Bell, rather...
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    Saturday, 17 April 2021 2:25

    Caxton and Bell – KQ1 – Caxton

    Following a mysterious PowerPoint slow reveal in which pupils look for clues to Caxton’s fame, pupils are given a brief illustrated summary of the key moments in his life which are consolidated with a sequencing activity. Pupils then make a...
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    Saturday, 17 April 2021 1:25

    Caxton and Bell – KQ2 – Quick the King and Queen are coming! How Caxton changed the way books were made

    Having shown pupils how books were made before Caxton’s time, the main focus of the lesson is on how the new system worked. To prevent this being a dull session on technology, pupils are placed in the role of apprentices...
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  • Tuesday, 13 April 2021 3:11

    Teaching about the past in EYFS

    Preparing for the new EYFS framework in September 2021

    Although most schools and settings prefer not to refer to history as a discrete subject on the Early Years curriculum, there is always a lot of talk about the past, often through...
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    Friday, 09 April 2021 12:48

    10 Things to do to make your history teaching better at KS2

    1. Teach through historical enquiries.

    Enquiries are the most effective subject pedagogy in history, not least because when well drafted, they make pupils think. You will notice that all the lessons on the site deliberately have as their focus a puzzling...
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    Tuesday, 09 March 2021 11:19

    Mary Anning – KQ1 – Why do we remember Mary Anning?

    This introductory session attempts to place Mary's life in a broader context of time and place and to whet pupils' appetite, without telling much of the story of her life. This follows in the next session. key to the introduction...
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    Monday, 08 March 2021 1:03

    Mary Anning – KQ2 – What did Mary do in her life that was so special?

    Pupils move from the sequencing of the major events of Mary’s life to a more sophisticated understanding of which of these events were the most significant. By creating a fortunes or living human graph, pupils are able to see the...
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Neil acts as an educational consultant for history for schools throughout the country. After teaching for 12 years, during which time he ran two departments and was a member of the Senior Leadership, Neil moved into advisory work,

For 18 years, he supported 70 secondary and 450 primary and special schools in Hampshire during which time he carried out over 60 national OFSTED inspections. More recently he has been heavily involved in running about 40 highly acclaimed national training courses a year for primary and secondary history teachers, as well as bespoke whole staff INSET days in primary schools.

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