1st Edition

Jumpstart! History
Engaging activities for ages 7-12

ISBN 9780415729024
Published November 17, 2014 by Routledge
152 Pages 12 B/W Illustrations

USD $19.95

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Book Description

This collection of simple to use and fun activities will jumpstart pupils’ understanding of the historical skills of chronology, enquiry, historical inference and knowledge and understanding of people, places and time.

History is an effective way to engage pupils in a topic and can act as a fantastic hook for learning. This book will enable you to make history a fundamental part of your classroom, to enhance not only the pupils' historical understanding but also to deepen their understanding in other subjects.

Areas covered include:-

    • Egyptians
    • Ancient Greeks and Romans
    • Saxons, Vikings and Normans
    • Stone Age
    • Bronze Age
    • Iron Age
    • Tudors and Stuarts
    • Victorians
    • World War Two
    • Post-War Britain

This indispensable classroom resource will celebrate history and give children the opportunity to experience the thrill of finding out about the past. It will be a lifeline to any classroom teacher looking to teach history in a fun and exciting way.

Table of Contents

Chapter 1: Stone Age, Bronze Age, Iron Age  Chapter 2: Egyptians, Ancient Greeks  Chapter 3: Romans  Chapter 4: Saxons, Vikings, Normans  Chapter 5: Tudors, Stuarts  Chapter 6: Victorians Chapter 7: World War II  Chapter 8: Local History



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Sarah Whitehouse has worked in the primary classroom for a decade and was the first teacher in Wales to be awarded the Gold Quality Mark for Geography for her school. She has a number of publications specialising in primary history and geography and is currently PGCE Primary Programme Leader for Primary and Early Years (Humanities Specialist) at the University of the West of England in Bristol.

Karan Vickers-Hulse has been a primary school teacher for 15 years, most recently as a Deputy Head. She has written a number of publications for KCP Publications and is currently Senior Lecturer in Primary English and UG Programme Leader for Primary and Early Years at the University of the West of England in Bristol.


"These engaging activities focus on the new curriculum for history and will be welcomed by teachers who are looking for a fresh approach to the subject. We need to do more than teach facts - we need to encourage pupils to delve beneath the surface so they know why events took place." - Sarah Brew, Parents in Touch