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2nd Edition

Teaching Primary Humanities

ISBN 9781138635289
Published October 3, 2018 by Routledge
302 Pages

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Book Description

The second edition of Teaching Primary Humanities, which focuses on history, geography and religious education, has been fully updated to reflect policy developments and recent curriculum changes throughout the United Kingdom. The authors reaffirm the importance of teaching the humanities in a fast-changing world. This is a book packed full of practical ideas to make learning enjoyable, challenging and relevant.

This revised edition features:

  • An extended critique of fundamental British values and how these could be taught
  • The role of the humanities in teaching critical literacy skills in an era of 'fake news'
  • A focus on the key concepts of time, place and community in the Early Years
  • New suggestions for professional learning and development
  • Guidance on realistic planning and assessment for busy teachers
  • Links to the most useful, updated websites and resources

Chapters include tasks, research briefings and points for reflection to stimulate further thinking. Teaching Primary Humanities should be essential reading for trainee teachers and experienced practitioners looking for support and inspiration to showcase the contribution of the humanities to children’s all-round education.

Table of Contents



Chapter 1 The meaning, origins and contribution of the humanities

Chapter 2 Cross-curricular learning and teaching in the humanities

Chapter 3 Play-based provision in the Early Years

Chapter 4 Exploring the locality

Chapter 5 Making the most of our inheritance

Chapter 6 Who do we think we are? Britishness, identity and values

Chapter 7 The wider world and children’s spiritual, moral, social and
cultural development

Chapter 8 Education for sustainable development and global citizenship

Chapter 9 Planning and preparing to meet the diverse needs of learners

Chapter 10 Progression and assessment in the humanities

Chapter 11 Humanities and professional development



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Russell Grigg is an Education Inspector for the Ministry of Education in the United Arab Emirates. He was previously Associate Professor at the Wales Centre for Equity in Education. He has written widely in the field of history and primary education.

Sioned V. Hughes is a Senior Lecturer in Initial Teacher Education at the Athrofa: The Institute of Education, University of Wales Trinity Saint David. She has published many education materials, especially in primary geography. Her work on Patagonia was recognised by the Welsh Books Council as the Bestselling Children’s Book in 2011.