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These books are great to have in the class library and quite often, I have had to make a waiting list for children that want to read them! They all have a different focus and can be used to enhance the children's understanding of chronology and links between periods of history.

A great book to link to local history and continuity and change. 

Love this book to allow children to explore timelines for ... everything!

Unrolling this book to reveal enormous timelines that interact and relate to each other is a great way to help explain the complexity of studying the past. There are a number of these books that explore different aspect of history that are worth investing in. I like to use these as a way to explore chronology in different contexts and reinforce key terminology and concepts.

With the new focus on themes through the history curriculum, this book allows an easy and effective way to explore how childhood has changed through history. It also allows another way to teach continuity and change through time.

This beautifully illustrated book is a really great resource to understand how significant monuments may have looked in the past compared with how they look now. It features a range of sites that tie into the curriculum and others which aren't.

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Historic Fiction:

A great text is something I often get asked about. Creating a balance between an engaging narrative and historic 'accuracy' is something I find a challenge. Below are books that I have really enjoyed reading either in class or personally. I will only add books I have enjoyed and explain with a positive review and make a point of buying all books even when occasionally an author offers me a free copy. 


I have read this book with several Year 3 classes and each of them have adored the narrative based around Joe and Lucy. It is meticulously researched, set in and around Fishbourne Roman Palace and features some glorious factual details. It allows children to apply their knowledge of the Romanisation of England into the text to understand the setting in more depth. I'd suggest ensuring the children learn about bathhouses etc before encountering in the story to promote application and give contextual information. 

I have also read the 2nd book in the series (Saving the Unicorn's Horn) which is set in Viking Jorvik and would similarly recommend that too.
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Books for the Library:

These books are ones which I would have in a class or school library. While they may not directly relate to the NC2014 for history, they are brilliant representations of people, events or periods in wider history that help children to understand more about the past. A number of them add a greater sense of diversity by providing role-models that children can relate to or represent them.  


This book is visually stunning. The illustrations are absolutely beautiful! There are monarchs in the book that can feature when studying the Egyptians, Vikings or a simple comparison to significant individuals in Key Stage 1. The Queens come from around the world and are an interesting way to broaden children's understanding of monarchs through time and around the world. 

This book is brilliant to learn about inspirational people who did amazing things and happen to have a disability. It could provide an initial stimulus to then study some of these significant individuals in more depth or to provide wider reading during disability history month.