Teaching and Learning

Roles of learners in history at Key Stage 2

One of the best ways of exciting young children in history is to put them in role.  Dorothy Heathcote's approach, called Mantle of the Expert,  invests expertise in the pupils, giving them a real, adult role to play.  Shown on the accompanying diagrams (see  downloadable...
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Personalised learning in history at KS 2

This is certainly one of the key areas to be focusing on in the next few years and lies at the heart of the government's Every Child Matters agenda.  The best place to go for a summary of personalised learning is the government's website . But a few...
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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...
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S.E.N. in history at Key Stage 1 and 2

By inclusion we mean three things here: setting suitable learning challenges, responding to pupils' diverse needs, and overcoming potential barriers to learning and assessment for individuals and groups.  Below are featured a range of ideas for differentiation that you might like to try.  Later additions...
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Grasping the chronology nettle

Everyone knows that chronology is one of the key historical concepts pupils need to learn, and yet in very few schools is it given serious attention.  Unless the subject  leader makes a determined attempt to plan for the progressive development of chronological understanding across...

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’100′ great ideas for teaching history at KS 2

This section describes the best of the imaginative ideas I have seen work successfully in the teaching of history at Key Stage 2. The figure'100' is in inverted commas because it is rather an arbitrary number and it will inevitably increase as more and more...
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History for pupils with EAL in Key Stages 1 and 2

Most of you will be well-versed in strategies for helping children with EAL access other subjects in the curriculum and will not need detailed guidance on general issues. To help contextualise the support for history some of these ideas are simply summarised  with history examples. ...
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The learning process in history at KS2

Given that this site specialises in giving practical support to busy teachers and subject leaders, you may be surprised to find a section on the theory of learning.  Well, don't worry it is very short! With so much theory and so many research findings...

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ICT and Film in history at Key Stage 2

You may think it surprising that film and ICT appear together and not separately. Wit hthe advent of digitisation and easy manipulation of images, including moving images, using computers the two are now intertwined. So, although there are headings for each, expect the two to...
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Teaching Interpretations at Key Stage 2

Although challenging, the teaching of interpretations to Key Stage 2 pupils is immensely rewarding when you see the 'penny drop' in pupils' minds.  It is hard because it is abstract.  It is hard because you are dealing with uncertainty, and it is hard because...

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Teaching enquiry in history at Key Stage 2

You will hear a lot spoken about historical enquiry, but very little written down and easily accessible. Given its central importance to an understanding of the nature of history, this is regrettable. What I write here then is an attempt to encapsulate what enquiry means...
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What makes an outstanding history lesson at KS 2?

With very little national guidance now coming from OFSTED by way of revisions to the subject-specific criteria for outstanding primary history, we have to fall back on the survey reports that HMI write when they visit individual schools to look just at history. At Fox...
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The teaching process in history at KS 2

Key Stage 2 history teaching is often unfairly caricatured as a teacher telling interested pupils lots of interesting stories: fun at the time, but of little lasting benefit. We need to ensure that shallow learning is transformed into deep learning and that pupils develop a...
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Views of learners in history at Key Stage 2

There has been very little published research on the views of KS2 pupils on their history work, other than lots of ranking activities which place history at, or near, the top of the list of  most popular subjects.  That is both a blessing and...

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