Gender issues in history at Key Stage 2

It is hard to think of a teaching and learning strategy that one would use with boys.  We all know that boys seem to like more active approaches, but so would many girls.  When I analyse the research evidence it seems to me to conceal more than it reveals. So I am thrown back on my own experience of working in infant classrooms with teachers for nearly twenty years.  In that time I have found perhaps six or seven examples when I really saw the learning of junior boys accelerate because a particular strategy was chosen.  None of them are earth shattering and they now seem quite small fry.  I offer them, nonetheless, because I have seen them work.

Some ideas to get you thinking

1. Engage boys early in the lesson.  Get them doing something active.  It could be showing them a big picture and asking them to work with a friend to see who can find 5 particular features in the image.  This might start a lesson on Victorian towns.

2. Make the lessons visual. The old adage of a picture being worth a thousand words is nowhere more true than with junior-age boys.

3. Always think

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