My thoughts, ramblings and useful tidbits I’ve found in designing our History Curriculum
Thank you to everyone who has joined us over the past few months as we’ve been putting together our updated Primary History Curriculum. I loved reading comments and receiving messages and seeing how schools are already adopting some of the things I’ve written about.
I’m not going to repeat all that has come before: you can read about our starting points in creating our History curriculum; the timeline we created to anchor substantive historical knowledge; the development of our History Skills Hexagons to clearly highlight disciplinary knowledge; how we created teacher guides packed with information/resources for each enquiry; and how we teach, plan and subject lead History in our school.
Today, I wanted to share all the resources in one place (now with added PPT format to help you edit/create/branch more easily) and list some of the brilliant sources that have helped on the path to our curriculum creation.
Our History Curriculum Resources
Please note all downloadable resources are copyright © 2022 by Andrew Guilder (12vie.ws) licensed under Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International. To view a copy of this license, visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-sa/4.0/. Based on content from Department for Education (2013) The national curriculum in England: key stages 1 and 2 framework document. Available at: https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/national-curriculum-in-england-primary-curriculu
Tools in creating
I’ve been asked a lot about how the graphic elements of our curriculum were created. Simply I’ve used PowerPoint (the shapes tool is your friend) and icons from the Noun Project. No other “fancy” software was used. You can use the resources above freely to help you experiment but please do attribute and share back anything you make.
In no particular order:
Teaching History with 100 objects
Our Migration Story – The Making of Britain
Black and British: A short, essential history by David Olusoga
Reclaiming Our Pasts: equality and diversity on the primary history curriculum by Hilary Claire
National Trust / Historic Scotland / English Heritage
Crash Course World History / Crash Course European History
A lot of groundwork for this project was done by Debbie Bartlett, Hollie Stoughton, Kirsty Weston and Andrew Guilder. With thanks to all staff at St Mary’s North Mymms (past and present) who have shared their expertise and experience in putting this history curriculum together.
Finally, thank you to the wider community of teachers and historians, those who have read and commented during this series. I’ll be back to let you know how it’s going later in the year.
Thank you for this. I have recently been made History coordinator and know that there is a lot of work to do. Your journey and resources are very inspiring.