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Understanding and Teaching Primary History
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Understanding and Teaching Primary History



March 2020 | 248 pages | SAGE Publications Ltd

Primary history is one of the richest areas of teaching and learning, but in order to teach it well trainee teachers need a strong understanding of key historical concepts and the dynamics of the national curriculum.

Combining a detailed focus on the core skills and principles underpinning good history teaching, this book helps students to:

·         appreciate the key concepts that underpin historical understanding

·         engage deeply with the programmes of study for Key Stage 1 and 2

·         assess children’s historical understanding 

·         apply a cross-curricular approach to teaching

This is essential reading for anyone studying primary history on initial teacher education courses including undergraduate (BEd, BA with QTS), postgraduate (PGCE, SCITT), school-based training (School Direct, Teach First), and qualified teachers who wish to enhance their professional knowledge. 

 
Chapter 1: Introduction
 
Chapter 2: History in the National Curriculum
 
Chapter 3: Concepts of Chronology and Change
 
Chapter 4: Enquiry, Interpretation and Significance
 
Chapter 5: Developing Children's Historical Understanding
 
Chapter 6: Narrative, Counterfactualism and Constructivist Learning
 
Chapter 7: Sources of Historical Evidence
 
Chapter 8: Key Stage 1 History
 
Chapter 9: Key Stage 2 History (Part 1)
 
Chapter 10: Key Stage 2 History (Part 2)
 
Chapter 11: Cross-Curricular and Thematic Links
 
Chapter 12: Assessing Historical Understanding

A comprehensive discussion and guide to teaching primary history. Emphasises the importance of key concepts and skills as well as a knowledge rich approach. I particularly like the discussion and promotion of narrative in primary history teaching.

Miss Ruth Benton
Education, University of St Mark And St John
December 19, 2019