History's HEROES?

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Curriculum links to KS 2 History

"During Key Stage 2 pupils learn about significant people, events and places from both the recent and more distant past. They learn about change and continuity in their own area, in Britain and in other parts of the world. They look at history in a variety of ways, for example from political, economic, technological and scientific, social, religious, cultural or aesthetic perspectives. They use different sources of information to help them investigate the past both in depth and in overview, using dates and historical vocabulary to describe events, people and developments. They also learn that the past can be represented and interpreted in different ways."

DfE website, KS2 History curriculum

Chronological understanding

a. place events and objects in chronological order
b. use common words and phrases relating to the passing of time (for example, before, after, a long time ago, past).

Use the "Timeline", "Story" and "World" sections for different "heroes" to build up a picture of their lives, and place them within their chronological setting.

Knowledge and understanding of events, people and changes in the past

Pupils should be taught

a. about characteristic features of the periods and societies studied, including the ideas, beliefs, attitudes and experiences of men, women and children in the past
b. about the social, cultural, religious and ethnic diversity of the societies studied, in Britain and the wider world
c. to identify and describe reasons for, and results of, historical events, situations, and changes in the periods studied

Use the "Timeline", "Story" and "World" sections for different "heroes" to build up a picture of their societies in which they lived, and learn about major events of the periods in which they lived.

Teaching ideas spefically relevant to these requirements are:

What makes a hero?

Your hero

Make a speech

Historical interpretation

Pupils should be taught to recognise that the past is represented and interpreted in different ways, and to give reasons for this.

Use the "Views and opinions" sections for the different "heroes" to learn that people's achievements and significance has been interpreted in different ways.

A Teaching idea relevant to this requirements is:

Picture Teller

Historical enquiry

Pupils should be taught
a. how to find out about the events, people and changes studied from an appropriate range of sources of information, including ICT-based sources
b. to ask and answer questions, and to select and record information relevant to the focus of the enquiry.

Use the "Timeline", "Story", "World" and "Views and opinions" sections for the different "heroes", as well as other sources of information, to gain practice in structured historical investigation.

Teaching ideas relevant to these requirements are:

Discovery Box

Your heroes

Organisation and communication

Pupils should be taught to:
a. recall, select and organise historical information
b. use dates and historical vocabulary to describe the periods studied
c. communicate their knowledge and understanding of history in a variety of ways (for example, drawing, writing, by using ICT).

Use the "Your Hero" and the "Make a Speech" sections of the website to practise in communicating about history by writing or speech.

Teaching ideas relevant to these requirements are:

Discovery Box

Two strong women

Teaching ideas relevant to particluar periods normally covered at KS 2:

Anglo-Saxons and Tudors: 2 Strong Women

WW2: Crack a Code

Many periods of English history covered at KS 2:

How many ways?


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