Training Days Developing Historical Knowledge

Any Ideas What This Poem (Sung to the tune of Good King Wenceslas ) Is Teaching ?

Willie, Willie, Harry, Stee,
Harry, Dick, John, Harry three;
One, two, three Neds, Richard two
Harrys four, five, six… then who?
Edwards four, five, Dick the bad,
Harrys twain VII VIII and Ned the Lad;
Mary, Bessie, James the Vain,
Charlie, Charlie, James again…
William and Mary, Anna Gloria,
Four Georges I II III IV, William and Victoria;
Edward seven next, and then
George the fifth in 1910;
Ned the eighth soon abdicated
Then George the sixth was coronated;
After which Elizabeth

And that’s the end so catch your breath!

Teaching historical knowledge can be done in many ways. However, it assumes a firm grasp of the facts about the time, as they are currently understood. Therein lies the difficulty – history, or rather our knowledge about the past beyond Georgian times, has a habit of changing as new information comes to light. Changes in interpretation, access to new evidence and improved technologies like CT scanners, better microscopes or satellite imaging lead to history books needing to be rewritten. Which can make teaching about the subject somewhat challenging.

Recognising most primary phase teachers are not history specialists; these historical knowledge focused days are designed to improve teachers own knowledge. Some courses, like Famous Faces and Events look at how to design a unit on a historical topic. Others seek to add to attendees own knowledge by:

  • giving an overview of the subject;
  • as well as a detailed look at significant aspects;
  • examine how the time or theme fits into the 2014 curriculum;
  • and, if time some ‘quirky’ facts or recent knowledge about the days focus…

If by chance you would love to come on a training day and the dates or themes don’t suit consider booking a 1:1 or small group session. These can be more closely tailored to your needs. Costs are similar to a booking a character visit.

[Poem answer:Mnemonic verse of monarchs in England,Source: Wikipedia]