Teaching local history at Key Stage 3

What does it mean by local?

The current curriculum makes it mandatory to include a local history study in your KS3 history curriculum.  For example:

  • a depth study linked to one of the British areas of study listed above
  • a study over time, testing how far sites in their locality reflect aspects of
  • national history (some sites may predate 1066)
    a study of an aspect or site in local history dating from a period before 1066

These are not the only choice though. The first issue you need to consider is whether you want to teach local history in ‘pill’ or ‘powder’ form, i.e. just one solid block of local history or including lots of small local studies in the context or national studies.  The advantage of the latter is that it gives you much more variety in how you approach the topic and you will not have to teach the contextual detail first as they will be studying local in a national context, often to answer the question ‘how typical was the experience of village/town X’ of say, changes in the Reformation?

Even if you do plump for just one study you might like to ponder the choice of

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