Teaching and Learning at Keystage 3

Gifted and talented in history at Key Stage 3

Provision for gifted and talented pupils has never been more in the spotlight than now. For all the work that has been going on for years, many schools are still at the early stages of identification, guidelines and general provision rather than very specific subject-based...
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Personalised learning in history at KS 3

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. Put simply, personalised learning and teaching means taking a highly structured and responsive approach to each...
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Gender issues in history at Key Stage 3

For all the research that has taken place recently to try to close the gender gap it is probably safe to say that gender and achievement is a complex area and that generalisations about boys and girls conceal as much as they reveal.  It is...
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Motivating pupils in history at Key Stage 3

Much work has recently been done on engaging pupils in the early years of Key Stage 3, largely because of the so-called 'performance dip' in Years 7 and 8.  Indeed, the National Secondary Strategy has devoted a whole module to this topic. Where history is...
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S.E.N. in history at Key Stage 3

We would all agree that history is a subject which is both accessible and has relevance to all pupils, including those with learning difficulties.  Not only does it provide interest and colour, it also develops important skills concerning evidence which are going to be so...
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Using artefacts in your history teaching at Key Stage 3

In my experience pupils have less and less contact with historical artefacts as they move through the educational system.  Whilst infants clearly need artefacts more because they cannot use many written sources, there is no reason why pupils at KS3 should not be given artefacts...
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Teaching using ICT and film at Key Stage 3

You won't be surprised to see ICT and film in the same section, but the breakthroughs in editing digitised film mean that most history teachers can now use film as they would a still image.  The other key breakthrough has been the appearance of multi-media...
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Teaching chronology at Key Stage 3

Much neglected for many years, the teaching of chronology is now back centre-stage.    Already, leading thinkers such as Ian Dawson and Chris Culpin have produced lots of really helpful advice.  Ian in particular has always been keen on telling 'thematic stories' in history to...
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Teaching Enquiry at Key Stage 3

From 2008 onwards pupils should learn how to identify and investigate, individually and as part of a team, specific historical questions or issues, making and testing hypotheses and reflecting critically on historical questions or issues.  This includes structured enquiries into different kinds of historical questions...
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Fit for purpose teaching strategies in history at KS3

Having bright ideas for what might make a fun and interesting approach is one thing.  Knowing when it is most appropriate to use them is quite another.  Clearly the key consideration must relate to the way the activity helps pupils to reach the learning objectives...
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