Making the most of your locality in your primary history curriculum
Bev Forrest
Consultant and Chair of HA Primary Committee
Matthew Flynn
Ryders Hayes School
In 2021, the British Association for Local History, in partnership with the Historical Association, provided the opportunity for six primary teachers to undertake a fellowship programme exploring effective teaching of local history in the primary school. They researched how the stories of people and places make their school communities exciting and unique. Bev, the course leader, will discuss the key findings from the programme. Matthew, one of the Teacher Fellows, will showcase his project, demonstrating how local history can have a significant impact on your community, the school and its pupils.
Friday – 10.30-11.30 – F1PFF

‘Come together’: using popular music in primary and secondary history learning and teaching
David Ingledew
University of Hertfordshire
Damienne Clarke
Birmingham City University
Ailsa Fidler
Liverpool John Moores University
Popular music is a valuable and readily accessible resource for both primary and secondary history lessons. This session will explore, with reference to practical examples, how popular music can be used from Key Stage 1 to A-level as the basis for a wide range of history learning, from enquiry to evidential understanding, significance to interpretations. The collaborative session will also outline how popular music can be used to support pupils’ transition from Key Stage 2 to Key Stage 3 history.
Friday – 10.30-11.30 – F1PIC

Supporting pupils with SEND in history lessons
Sue Temple
University of Cumbria
We will discuss how to ensure that your history lessons are accessible to all pupils of varying abilities and explore a range of practical ways to support differentiation in your history lessons. This session will include aspects of the online course offered to members in spring 2022.
Friday – 11.45-12.45 – F2PST
Saturday – 11.45-12.45 – S2PST

Conjectural History
Robin Cowen
Retired CEO of The Learning Academy Trust
Students and teachers have a knowledge of history that is likely to be limited.
But we also have a potential knowledge based on inference from what we know. With a nod to the genre of Conjectural History, this workshop gives practical ideas on how to enable the making and testing of conjectures as a powerful route to historical knowledge and understanding and the ability to actively engage in historical reasoning.
This is a practical workshop, so please ensure you have access to a device to engage in some quick research to test your conjectures.
Friday – 11.45-12.45 – F2PRC

Developing disciplinary knowledge in history
Juli Ryzop
Knowledge Schools Trust
This session will focus on how we can develop disciplinary knowledge through a knowledge-rich primary curriculum. We will look at how we can ensure that children build a deep understanding of the discipline of history, including how historians study the past and construct accounts. Using practical examples from the Knowledge Schools Trust Primaries, we will look at how a well-sequenced curriculum can build disciplinary knowledge from Early Years to Year 6.
Friday – 13.45-14.45 – F3PAP

The school museum
James Searjeant and Steve Smith
Wyborne Primary and Nursery School
Do you have a school library? Do you have an IT suite? Do you have a resources room? Can you build a school museum? Yes you can. Our session will explain how you can build your very own school museum on a budget and how it will significantly enhance your curriculum offer within your schools and transform teaching and learning.
Friday – 13.45-14.45 – F3PJS

Exploring ancient civilisations: life in the city of Ur
Karin Doull
University of Roehampton
Ancient Sumer is one of the places where key developments began: writing, the use of the wheel, and mathematical and writing systems. These went on
to shape or be developed by later civilisations. This session will provide some background subject knowledge for the period, the city of Ur and the archaeologists linked to its rediscovery. It will model some activities and resources that will help children to recognise characteristic features and consider historical interpretation. It will place the civilisation within a geographical and historical context and explore the themes of trade and power.
Friday – 16.30-17.30 – F4PKD

Discussing inclusive strategies to encourage pupils to study like historians in the primary classroom
Judy Clarke
Retired headteacher
Teaching across mixed-age, mixed-ability classes prompted an interest in engaging all pupils through inclusive strategies, rather than an over-reliance on text. Judy will discuss how changing her teaching style from an instructional approach, supported by differentiated worksheets, to planning and delivering through visual strategies, including practically engaging pupils through challenging primary and secondary sources, secured concepts, skills and subject vocabulary for her pupils, from the Foundation Stage to Year 6.
Friday – 16.30-17.30 – F4PJ


Making learning memorable
Susan Townsend
University of Roehampton
Neuroscience has lead to a re-emphasis on the importance of retrieval practice
in reinforcing long-term memory. Does this mean constant testing? This session aims to explore fun, interactive ways to make learning memorable and restore the importance of the ‘wow’ factor.
Saturday – 10.30-11.30 – S1PST

Laying successful foundations for primary history in EYFS – teaching ‘past and present’ as part of the revised framework
Andrew Wrenn
‘Past and present’, an important element of the revised EYFS framework, provides rich opportunities for preparing the youngest pupils to study history at Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2. This practical session will show how activities such as sequencing artefacts and images, participating in questioning a range of adults, comparing past and present and analysing stories about the passage of time can strengthen pupil readiness to understand chronology, change and continuity, similarity and difference and handling evidence in later years. The session will make direct reference to how particular activities taught as part of ‘past and present’ link to specific second-order concepts in primary history..
Saturday – 10.30-11.30 – S1PAW

Practical approaches to chronology progression
Stuart Tiffany
Primary Teacher
A lively and practical session focusing on how timelines should underpin teaching sequences in primary school history, featuring a mix of discussion and modelled ideas. This hands-on session will cover how to build timelines and interact with them purposefully. Delegates can photo and video as they work!
Saturday – 11.45-12.45 – S2PTI

What can maps tell us about the past? Using the Historic Towns Trust’s maps in Key Stage 2
Paula Owens
Canterbury Christ Church University
Giles Darkes
Historic Towns Trust
Familiarisation with the maps and their narratives and the creation of teaching ideas and resources to exploit the Historic Towns Trust’s portfolio of maps. We will explore some new teaching materials with both specific and generic approaches to the HTT’s maps so that teachers can use the maps most relevant for them and apply the ideas in different map contexts. We also hope to demonstrate digital options presented by our maps.
Saturday – 15.00-16.00 – S3PTI

Looking to develop engaging local history in Key Stage 2?
Chris Trevor
If you want inspiration for developing relevant local history for your Key Stage 2 classes, then this session will provide practical ideas, resources and a strategy for making local history relevant and engaging for children and teachers, along with the development of appropriate skills and concepts! There will be the opportunity to share good practice and what has worked for you with others.
Saturday – 15.00-16.00 – S3PCT

Teaching history through enquiry
Kerry Somers
Halterworth School
In teaching primary history, we want our young historians to develop their enquiry skills, learn to analyse and use evidence to make their own judgements about the past and appreciate that there is always a different perspective. History is a subject where creativity can thrive, and this workshop will introduce you to a range of activities – following the Hampshire approach to enquiry – that you can ‘take away’ and use to inspire your own little historians.
Saturday – 16.15-17.15 – S4PKS

The best days of your life? Schools in the past
Helen Crawford and Paul Bracey
University of Northampton
In this workshop we will explore opportunities and approaches for teaching about schools in the past. This will encompass changes within living memory (EYFS and Key Stage 1), a theme post-1066 (Key Stage 2) and using your school as a focus for local history.
Saturday – 16.15-17.15 – S4PCB

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