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Building Narratives and Curriculum Coherence

Session recorded 27.9.22 as part of a live zoom session. You cannot see the chat feed so certain responses may seem out of context. This video is only to be used by the single person who purchased it. It must not be shared more widely without express written permission.

A possible curriculum taught using a common curriculum model of alternating history and geography emphasis.

Supporting Documents:
These supporting documents provide examples of what concepts could be run through the curriculum in a substantive and disciplinary sense. They may be used in one school and not shared more widely across a MAT/Federation or other partnership of schools without express written permission from Mr T does Primary History Ltd. This can be requested by email from

Any questions? If you have watched the recording and have a question, please do get in touch! I’d be happy to try and help. Email with the subject Building Narratives Question and I’ll get back to you as quick as I am able to.

Useful links:
Michael Fordham – substantive concepts

If an HA member, Andrew Wrenn’s article on teaching concepts is brilliant but only for members

History in Outstanding Primary Schools by Ofsted

Ofsted Research Review – NOT geared towards primary teachers but may be of interest for some

Ofsted webinar – Tim Jenner, History HMI

Teach Primary article by me on coherence

Book Recommendation:

Retrieval Practice: Primary: A guide for primary teachers and leaders

Retrieval Practice: Resource Guide

This session ran live on 18/3/24 via zoom. Some of the comments, answers or interactions may seem out of context for this reason. The contents of the recording may not be shared beyond those who bought a ticket but the ideas may be used in singular schools. If you would like to use these more broadly, you must email to request permission. Please do not harm small businesses like mine.

​Please see PPT for references on individual slides.

Session recorded 23rd March, 2023. Please note: delegates are NOT permitted to share this recording with anyone that did not purchase a ticket. Resources and ideas may be used in the delegate’s school but not across a federation, MAT, partnership of any kind without express written permission from both hosts.

The aims of the deep dive session were:

  • Understand the requirements to prepare for a successful deep dive in history
  • Ensure the history provision in your school has the desired impact on learning and is in line with the Ofsted ‘approach’
  • Share experiences of a deep dive in history
  • Consider your next steps to outstanding history provision in your school

The live session was recorded on November 30th 2023. Messages including questions were sent via the chat feed which does not appear on the recording. Therefore, comments may appear out of context. If you are watching the recording and wish to ask questions, please do via email: with the subject Making the Most of the Subject Lead role webinar. This webinar should NOT be shared with anyone other than the ticket holder without express written permission. Breaking of rules such as this harms small businesses such as mine.

Pre-recorded Curriculum Video:
This video explains the opportunities provided with the current National Curriculum. It should be viewed as framework from which we construct a curriculum; this was the intention upon launch and offers a way to personalise the curriculum for your specific school. If you did not attend the live session, watching this video first may be helpful.

Subject Leader Folders:
Many people asked what they ‘should’ have in their leader’s folder; there is no definitive list but below is a great start point. Think about how it showcases the work you have done and therefore impact you are having in your role.

  • Curriculum Rationale
  • Current action plan
  • CPD I’ve completed
  • CPD I’ve delivered
  • How I’ve raised the profile in school
  • Diversity
  • Knowledge 
  • Skills
  • Disadvantaged/SEND
  • Assessment

Further Support and Suggestions:
The subject association for history is the Historical Association. There are two memberships available:

Individual – 1 login, access to all schemes of work, the journal and other useful benefits including local individuals to study.
Corporate – 12 logins, all of the above, and access to the corporate member area which has lots for subject leaders.

Discount Codes:
If you would like to teach Early Islamic Civilisations in UKS2, you can use the code: IslamPromo to reduce the cost to £2.00. Please click here to buy it.

Some people asked about enquiry questions; if you would like access to my web CPD session on an introduction to Historical Enquiry, there is a 75% off code you can use: MasteringEnquiry. Please click here to buy it.

Video Recorded 20.5.21

​Please see PPT for references on individual slides.

OFSTED blog referenced

National Curriculum

​The three PDFs on the right of the screen are the documents referenced in the session. 

If you’re a new subject leader for history or are just interested in knowing more about teaching history. I would absolutely recommend the following:

Join the Historical Association – the subject association for history with a wealth of knowledge and experience. 

Mastering Primary History – a great read to gain a deeper understanding of the subject and pedagogy.

Understanding and Teaching Primary History – another good read which explores primary history in lots of depth.

Early Islamic History Planning – Use the code IslamicFree to reduce the price to £0.

I just wanted to send a quick email to say how fantastic the resources and planning are for your recent unit on Ancient Greece. So far, I have only done the first session, but have prepared/read through the second session and it is so pleasing that I have very little to do for it!! The kids loved the lesson style - so much time to chat and dig deep into proper history talk and I feel their learning will progress so much more satisfactorily because of all this.

A. Amos – Teacher, Leeds

Your visit was really inspiring, and having a pair of impartial eyes to look over our curriculum and books is just what we needed. We have really clear points going forward on how we can improve. Staff were so positive about the training too, something for everyone to take away. I'll be doing a follow up staff meeting in a few weeks.   You are genuinely brilliant at what you do and it was great to chat with a fellow history nerd! Really appreciate the documents you have sent over too, very generous.

N. Evans – History Lead

Really informative, great ideas, helpful advise and some fab resources. Thank you so much

C. Fielder, Curriculum Lead, Milton Keynes

We had a training day today; it was both fun and very inspirational. Lots of sensible and clear ideas to make History more engaging and purposeful for pupils.

A. Wells, Deputy Headteacher, Lincolnshire

I can’t recommend Mr T does Primary History enough. I am new to leading this particular subject and I left his training today feeling completely inspired. Thanks again Mr T

Louise Hill, History Subject Lead

Just purchased the Ancient Greek unit plan for 3/4 and its excellent! Certainly made my planning a lot easier! Many thanks, look forward to buying other units throughout the year!

I. Fern, Teacher

Awesome day spent with Mr T today going through our books and curriculum with a fine tooth comb. Great to know we were on the right track and to get clarity and direction on what we weren't sure about. Great staff meeting about how to use historical sources in a range of ways across the year groups.

H. Doust, History Subject Lead, Kirton Lindsey School