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Is this really the end of the Tudors, Victorians and WW2 at Key Stage 2?

Aside from Ancient Egypt, these are the three best taught history topics in KS2 so it is madness to ditch them in favour of Gove’s untested , unresourced and uneducated choices. The first, an obvious poin,t is to carry on teaching them any way. You won’t go to the Tower. So where does [...]

Rationale for teaching Benin (West Africa) c. AD 900-1300 as your non-Western society in the KS2 history National Curriculum for 2014

There are two principal reasons why I think Benin was included as one of only three optional non-Western societies.
The first is the period covered. It is, very roughly, covering the same period of time as the last British history topic pupils will have studied. This invites the question, ‘What was happening elsewhere in the world [...]