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Drop-in session: Primary welcome meeting
Live session: Monday 24 May 2021, 6:15 pm

Wangari Maathai as a significant individual: positive representation within a broad and balanced curriculum
Ailsa Fidler and Jacqueline Neve
Liverpool Hope University
Wangari Maathai was a Kenyan environmentalist who was the first African woman to be awarded the Nobel Peace Prize. During the recorded session, Ailsa will outline a rationale for including Wangari as a significant individual within the Key Stage 1 curriculum. The teaching suggestions however, could be applied to any significant individual study and this session should be useful for anyone who plans and delivers one. Purposeful links will be made to the wider curriculum and this will be developed further in the live session where Jacqui will look specifically at relating the study to place.
Live session: Tuesday 25 May 2021, 4:30 pm

The European region and the influence of the Greeks
Ben Ballin and Alf Wilkinson
This workshop will combine a study of ancient Greece with a European regional study at Key Stage 2, helping you get the most out of your history and geography planning. Hands-on activities will offer an integrated enquiry approach that contributes to place and locational knowledge, physical and human geography and an understanding of the impact of the ancient Greeks.
Live session: Tuesday 25 May 2021, 4:30 pm

Extended historical writing: creating a good argument
Kerry Somers
Halterworth School
In schools, teachers often feel under pressure to ensure that, across the curriculum, their children write, write, write. We want our little historians to develop their enquiry skills, learn to analyse and use evidence to make their own judgements about the past, understand how we learn from past mistakes and appreciate that there is always a different perspective. Above all, we want the children to enjoy a subject that is relevant, engaging and exciting. But writing can co-exist with history – indeed, history lends itself well to opportunities for writing. This workshop will look at how you could promote writing at upper Key Stage 2 and why this will help prepare your children for a rich future in history.
Live session: Tuesday 25 May 2021, 6:00 pm

Experiential learning? Long term memory: making sense of our forgotten senses (Hearing history, telling history: exploring soundscapes of the past)
Susan Townsend
University of Roehampton
In an age of social media, there is time for texting and watching but little time for listening. This interactive workshop builds upon the forgotten senses to engage realistically with the past. This session will include classroom activities for a range of units in Key Stages 1 and 2.
Live session: Tuesday 25 May 2021, 6:00 pm

Drop-in session: Writing for Primary History
Live session: Tuesday 25 May 2021, 7:00 pm

Early Years: a sensory museum adventure
Natalie Haigh
Leeds Museums and Galleries
Jump right in with this workshop. We’ll take you on a hands-on, multisensory journey to discover the world around you. It starts with the discovery of some mysterious bones… We’ll explore museum objects and simple sensory storytelling techniques that can be used in the classroom, in a museum or for remote learning. We’ll share and discuss other examples of how to engage and excite EYFS with museums, heritage sites and local history. This session will be led by Learning and Access Officer(s) from Leeds Museums and Galleries.
Live session: Wednesday 26 May 2021, 4:30 pm

Making a success of Ofsted’s ‘deep dive’ into history
Matthew Flynn
Ryders Hayes School
This session will give you an insight into Ofsted’s ‘deep dives’ into primary history. Following first-hand experience of an extremely successful ‘deep dive’ into history, you will gain an insight into the process, how to prepare for discussions and how the HA’s Quality Mark can support you on your journey to ‘outstanding’.
Live session: Wednesday 26 May 2021, 4:30 pm

Drop-in session: Primary subject leadership
Live session: Wednesday 26 May 2021, 7:15 pm

Developing an LGBT+ inclusive history curriculum
Damienne Clarke and Gary Pykitt
Birmingham City University
This session will support primary teachers and history subject leaders in developing their school’s LGBT+ primary history curriculum. It will consider the reasons this is important in terms of: the duties of schools, history teaching and learning, diversity and inclusion, and representation. It will consider some general principles and provide practical suggestions for teaching and learning.
Live session: Thursday 27 May 2021, 4:30 pm

Local history: engaging young children
Sue Temple
University of Cumbria
We will explore activities and approaches to engage EYFS and Key Stage 1 children in exploring their local history. These will include using maps, aerial photos, oral history, local trails and artefacts. We need to use activities that rely on speaking and listening, visual images and tactile approaches rather than reading and writing with these younger children.
Live session: Thursday 27 May 2021, 4:30 pm

Drop-in session: Initial teacher education
Live session: Thursday 27 May 2021, 7:15 pm
An opportunity to meet colleagues involved in History Initial Teacher Education and to begin to develop a supportive and collaborative network. Feel free to bring questions along. This session will be hosted by HTEN (History Teacher Educators Network). HTEN represents those who work with and have responsibility for the professional education, development and training of beginning and serving history teachers. This is an opportunity to meet other people who are involved in Primary History Teacher Education and to ask any questions you may have.

Drop-in session: Primary independent schools
Live session: Thursday 27 May 2021, 7:15 pm

Significant individuals, events and the lives of ordinary people (the Bristol Bus Boycott)
Sarah Whitehouse
University of the West of England
How did people campaign against racism in the 1960s? This workshop will explore a range of challenging sources that will support children in thinking critically using the Bristol Bus Boycott. The 1963 Bristol Bus Boycott arose from the refusal of the local bus company to employ Black or Asian bus crew. It drew national attention to racial discrimination and is a highly significant event in the history of race relations and equality in the UK.
Live session: Friday 28 May 2021, 4:30 pm

A mirror and a window: towards a more diverse and inclusive primary history curriculum
Andrew Wrenn
If we want to create a more diverse and inclusive primary history curriculum, then we need to carefully consider whether our pupils’ identities are represented and mirrored in the curriculum that we teach them and whether pupils are given a window into the wider world beyond their locality and identity. This practical session will show how the primary history curriculum can be reviewed to weave in more diversity and make it more inclusive, while at the same time broadening its scope and ambition.
Live session: Friday 28 May 2021, 4:30 pm

Drop-in session: Primary new and novice
Live session: Friday 28 May 2021, 6:00 pm

The role of knowledge for progression in the primary history curriculum
Alex Pethick
Knowledge Schools Trust
In this session we will discuss the importance of knowledge in the primary curriculum. We will look at how we can design a curriculum that builds substantive and disciplinary knowledge and how we can provide meaningful opportunities for historical enquiry. The session will encourage delegates to reflect on the role that history plays in understanding the stories of the past and how these relate to world events and the challenges that society faces today.
Live session: Saturday 29 May 2021, 11:30 am

Supporting trainee teachers of primary history: how can we strengthen partnerships between university providers and schools?
Helen Crawford
University of Northampton
Paul Bracey
This presentation is based on an investigation of our ITE student perceptions of issues and opportunities for developing knowledge and expertise in history – alongside other subjects – through university-based training and school placements. This presentation will provide a basis for discussion with providers from other contexts.
Live session: Saturday 29 May 2021, 11:30 am

Are knowledge organisers the best thing since sliced bread?
Chris Trevor
Some people think that knowledge organisers are the key to children acquiring and retaining knowledge, but Chris will be offering a different perspective: that they are not all they are cracked up to be! They can kill curiosity! She will present an alternative, which allows for greater child ownership, deeper understanding in an historical enquiry, and acknowledging the importance of the development of concepts, skills and the ability to ask perceptive questions to enhance learning.
Live session: Saturday 29 May 2021, 1:00 pm

The Great Exhibition 1851: teaching a significant event at Key Stage 1
Heather de Silva
Haringey Education Partnership
This session will explore providing a framework for teaching a significant event, using substantive alongside second-order concepts to enable pupils to develop an early understanding of the processes of history, supported by rich visual sources. The session will also look at the story of the Great Exhibition and how it reflected a changing world, and consider ideas such as empire, technology and ideas of globalisation. The session will hopefully present a number of practical resources that can be used in the classroom.
Live session: Saturday 29 May 2021, 1:00 pm

History, itself and its relations with other subjects
Karin Doull
University of Roehampton
History is eclectic, reflecting human experience in the arts and sciences as well as other humanities subjects. We should seek to exploit such rich resources to bring colour to our explorations of the past. Concerns have been identified by Ofsted, however, that there is insufficient understanding of the essence of the subject – of what makes history what it is. With this focus, it is possible that history lessons will become sterile, fact-based input, cumulating in extended writing exercises, with a focus on subject knowledge. While it is important to recognise that achievement is linked to ‘knowing and remembering more’, how we find that knowledge and what we mean by ‘knowing about a period’ are shaped by rich historical investigations. This workshop will consider how to identify valid historical enquiry questions and then how to plan activities that will maintain historical authenticity while still utilising a range of strategies and linking effectively with other subjects.
Live session: Saturday 29 May 2021, 3:00 pm

Practical approaches to chronology progression
Stuart Tiffany
The session focuses on hands-on approaches that teachers can use to actively teach chronological progression throughout the primary phase, including challenging the more able.
Live session: Saturday 29 May 2021, 3:00 pm


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