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History 5–11

A Guide for Teachers, 3rd Edition

By Hilary Cooper


254 pages | 16 B/W Illus.

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Now in its third edition, History 5-11 aims to make teaching about the past exciting and stimulating for both teachers and children. Focusing on the English National Curriculum for History (2013), and with an emphasis on the importance of learning about the past through the processes of historical enquiry, History 5-11 contains case studies, lesson planning guidance and methods to develop pupils‘ historical understanding. It offers creative and innovative ways to teach the subject of history, refreshing teachers‘ confidence in teaching the 2013 curriculum, and is illustrated by new case studies and research.

This fully updated third edition includes:

  • References to the 2013 National Curriculum, its aims and purposes, and its content and processes for Key Stages 1 & 2
  • Guidance on making local, national and global connections between societies

over time

  • Planning for assessment and progression
  • New research and illustrative case studies
  • New sections on local history and links to oracy
  • Updates to all existing chapters
  • Reflection on practice and research: undergraduate, Masters level and PhD.

This textbook is an invaluable resource to all trainee and practising primary teachers interested in teaching history in an accessible, dynamic and above all, enjoyable way.


"This is the third edition of an invaluable guide for all primary school teachers - practical and comprehensive, it's an excellent resource… a valuable resource for both trainee and practising primary teachers, giving a comprehensive overview that covers everything needed to study history in the primary phase. Importantly, the ideas make history lively and enjoyable, increasing children's enthusiasm for the subject."— Parents in Touch

Table of Contents

Introduction Part 1: Teachers’ Pedagogical Knowledge: Understanding the Processes of Historical Enquiry Chapter 1: Changes in the Teaching and Learning of History Chapter 2: Historical Sources Chapter 3: Interpretations and Accounts Chapter 4: Chronology, Time Concepts and Other Concepts Part 2: Connecting with the Past Chapter 5: What Makes History Enjoyable Chapter 6: Connections Between Historical Enquiry and Creativity Chapter 7: Connections Between History and Other Subjects Chapter 8: Local, National and Global Connections Over Time Part 3: Planning Assessment and Recording Chapter 9: Whole School Planning Chapter 10: Medium Term Planning Chapter 11: Assessment, Monitoring and Recording Pupil’s progress Part 4: Practitioner Research Chapter 12: Doing Research into the Teaching and Learning of History

About the Author

Hilary Cooper is Emeritus Professor of History and Pedagogy at the University of Cumbria, UK. She has published numerous books on history teaching and is an internationally renowned keynote speaker.

About the Series

Primary 5-11 Series

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Subject Categories

BISAC Subject Codes/Headings:
EDUCATION / Elementary
EDUCATION / Teaching Methods & Materials / Arts & Humanities