Exploring a cross-curriculum approach to teaching primary history Dr. Hilary Cooper, from St Martin’s College, Ambleside, is an academic researcher and expert in primary history who works collaboratively with many schools. Jen Ager is a primary teacher with a PE specialism who is teaching history. How can non-specialist primary classroom teachers bring history to life and get beyond dates, events, kings and queens? How do teachers like Jen help their class to explore the nature of change and reveal different perspectives to help their class work as historians? Was Jen’s lesson a success? Having observed the lesson on Tudor values, Hilary discusses the strengths and challenges of the cross-curricular approach. Through analytical deconstruction of Jen’s Tudor lesson they look at key issues, including teaching approaches, historical thinking, questioning, time management and values.

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