History 5-11 addresses the key issues surrounding the teaching of history in the primary curriculum. With an emphasis on the importance of learning about the past through the processes of historical enquiry, this textbook will be an invaluable resource to all trainee and practising primary teachers interested in teaching history in an accessible, dynamic and above all enjoyable way.

This fully updated second edition highlights:

  • Examples of good practice;
  • Meaningful assessment and record keeping;
  • Planning for progression and differentiation;
  • The primary to secondary transition;
  • Cross-curricular approaches to history.

This book also analyses the most recent and salient reports concerning primary education, including the 2011 Ofsted report History for All, the Historical Association Primary Survey 2011 and the findings of the Cambridge Review. It contains case studies, lesson planning guidance and methods to develop pupils’ historical understanding as well as offering creative and innovative ways to teach the subject of history in the primary classroom.

chapter |8 pages


part |2 pages

PART 1 Teachers’ pedagogical knowledge: understanding the processes of historical enquiry

chapter 2|16 pages

Historical sources

chapter 3|8 pages

Interpretations and accounts

chapter 4|12 pages

Concepts, time and chronology

part |2 pages

PART 2 Planning for historical thinking

part |2 pages

PART 3 Examples of planning and assessment in practice

chapter 7|31 pages

Planning at Key Stage 1

chapter 8|18 pages

Planning at Key Stage 2

part |2 pages

PART 4 Principles, theory and practice