‘Fitness for purpose’ teaching and learning strategies in KS1 history

Throughout the site there are lots of examples of imaginative activities, for both teaching and learning.  These need to be placed in context.  To a large extent this is what is illustrated through the Outstanding Lessons.  Not all are showcased in this way.  So to help you think about when in the learning sequence a particular activity might be used, I have broken them down into 10 or so sections.  There is nothing sacred about the number.  The 10 simply represent the parts of a lesson you might recognise.  It goes without saying that no lesson will have all 10 sections.  Heaven forbid!   Nor are OFSTED expecting it.  For the last few years one of OFSTED’s biggest criticisms of primary history has been the inappropriateness of the activity in relation to the learning objectives.  We need to take account of this.

The activities described appear in the learning section of the site under the heading 50 learning activities.  You will find the activities referred to rather cryptically here are elucidated there in sufficient detail.  There’s plenty there to whet the appetite.  This section simply looks at effective ways of helping pupils learn the lesson objectives. We must always know why

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