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 framework of knowledge and skills. The approach offered on this site is only one of many you might know, or even use. Heaven forbid that teaching should ever be done by numbers, but in my experience there are a number of phases a lesson might go through to achieve its objectives. The order of these stages is important. What is offered below is a simple description and explanation of each phase. The text is offered in diagrammatic form as a downloadable resource.

Stage 1: Hooking them in

This is where you motivate the pupils. Sometimes this will be by using a novel starter, a dramatic story, a mystery object or an intriguing picture slowly revealed. It might also be setting up the enquiry explaining what pupils will have achieved at the end of the sessions and whetting their appetite by describing an imaginative way of recording their findings. By the end of three sessions we

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