Resourcing the new history curriculum

 To develop knowledge and understanding of the key
changes to the history curriculum from Sept 2014
 To understand how we have responded to these
changes when training BED and PGCE students how
plan, teach and assess history
 To explore some key resources that are being used in
BEd and PGCE modules to exemplify the new
Interpreting the new curriculum
Concepts, skills and knowledge
 Key concepts and historical skills are now described in the
opening paragraph of the ‘subject content’ section of the
 Subject knowledge is listed in the bullet pointed section of
the PoS
 The lack of numbered points makes it difficult for students
to reference their lesson plans to the PoS
 Students have been told that they will need to quote
directly from these two sections of the PoS in their
planning documentation
Changes at KS1
 ‘changes in their own lives and way of life of their
family’ is replaced by ‘changes within living memory’
 Reference to ‘the way of life of people in the more
distant past’ does not appear in the new document.
 Reference to ‘the lives of significant individuals’ is still
there, but there is a requirement to ‘compare aspects
of life in different periods’
 Increased emphasis on local history
Changes at KS2
 British history: Stone age – 1066
 Local history study
 Study of an aspect or theme in British history that
extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066
 Earliest civilisations (Ancient Sumer, Indus Valley,
Ancient Egypt, Shang Dynasty Ancient China)
 Ancient Greece
 Non-European society (Baghdad c. AD 900, Mayan
civilisation c.AD900, Benin (West Africa) c. Ad 9001300
At the University of
 2013-2014 Teaching to current curriculum and introducing
students to aspects of the new curriculum e.g. new lectures
on Stonehenge and Vikings, increased emphasis on local
history and thematic units
 2014-2015 Will teach students about the characteristics of
effective history teaching with case studies from both
curriculum documents. This will enable me to address the
needs of students teaching in independent schools and
academies who might not be following the new
curriculum. Will broaden curriculum coverage as more
resources are published.
Top 5 best resources
Key Stage 1: ‘Significant individuals’
 BBC Learning Zone Class Clips: Famous people
Key Stage 2: Local history (focus on a local person or local
 ‘Thomas: a Tudor Merchant living in Gloucester’ Gloucestershire
Archives (available through the website)
 ‘Take One Prisoner’ A study of life in Gloucester Prison
Gloucester Archives (available on CD from Glos Archives £5)
‘Take One: Prisoner’ resource
New books
Key Stage 2: Stone Age-Iron Age:
 ‘The Secrets of Stonehenge’ by Mick Manning & Brita
New books
Key Stage 2: Thematic study:
 ‘A Street Through Time: A 12,000 year walk through
history’ by Steve Noon
 Explore one or both books. Record on a shared record
sheet how these resources might be used with

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