Daniel Willingham and other have long made the case for the use of story in history teaching at all keystages not just in primary history classes . And its easy to see why:
Stories are more interesting
Stories are easier to comprehend
Stories are easier to remember
Our minds seek causal connections
History is a natural story; it has the four Cs —causality, conflicts, complications, and character—built in.
Yet, history textbooks at KS3 and beyond rarely use a narrative structure .
So we need to be prepared to introduce our own.
Which stories would you tell in each of your KS3,4 and 5 topics that rally illuminate the enquiry?