Local history can provide rich resources and opportunities for primary schools. Examples of how local places, events and people are inter-connected through time can bring history to life in a meaningful way. The work of television historian Michael Wood, in his recent work on England (set in Leicestershire) and in his programme and book on China, has shown that the ‘view from the village’ can demonstrate how national history is experienced on the ground by people at all levels of society, and this would be true in any jurisdiction. Clearly not all primary schools are in villages, and the view from the town, city or even street would be equally valid. This is reflected in the national curriculum non-statutory examples for Key Stage 2: a study over time tracing how several aspects of national history are reflected in the locality (this can go beyond 1066); and a study of an aspect of history or a site dating from a period beyond 1066 that is significant in the locality. See details here:

In support of these and other approaches, primary history has seen many developments over the last 50 years, especially in pedagogy and curriculum studies. This website might be able to offer not only some ideas and examples, but some ways of facilitating dialogue between practitioners, in order to share, explore and develop good practice at a local level in the Exeter area and beyond. Within its ageing framework of the so-called ‘national’ curriculum the primary stages (Key Stage 1 and Key Stage 2) ironically together account for the greatest number of years of study in the scheme, so the primary phase is important for young learners, indeed young historians. It is hoped that creative ideas for the use of the imagination, in role-play, drama, dance and re-enactment will be included here.