KS2 History ‘cheat sheet’ resources

This is an old blog post. The full History Cheat Sheet Resource set can now be downloaded from the Free Resources page.

Download the Prehistory example

Download the Prehistory example

With the significant changes coming into the primary history curriculum from September, I am aware that I have several gaps in my own subject knowledge and know of many colleagues who feel similarly. Having been pondering this for a while, I set out to try to create a sort of “cheat sheet” of key facts about some of the historical periods.

I created a sample A4 page of information about the prehistory period to see what people thought, and it was widely welcomed. Since that time, a few other kindly folk on Twitter offered up their time to work on other periods, such that we hope to produce 12 such spreads.

Thanks to the excellent work of Kim Biddulph of @schprehistory, Tim Taylor (@imagineinquiry), Rich Farrow (@farrowmr), Ilona Aronovsky (@aron_ovsky) and Jo Pearson (@jopearson3)many of these have now been completed, and so I’ve provided them here. Hopefully further examples will appear over the coming weeks. Eventually, we hope to complete a full set of 12 spreads about each of the statutory and optional units.

British History (all statutory)

Unit 1 – Prehistory
with thanks to Kim Biddulph of http://schoolsprehistory.wordpress.com/

Unit 2 – Roman Britain
with thanks to Tim Taylor of http://www.imaginative-inquiry.co.uk/

Unit 3 – Anglo-Saxons & Scots

Unit 4 – Anglo-Saxons & Vikings

Ancient Civilizations (schools must teach Greece and one other)

Unit 5 – Ancient Greece


Unit 6 – Ancient Sumer

Unit 7 – Indus Valley
with thanks to Ilona Aronovsky of http://www.harappa.com/teach

Unit 8 – Ancient Egypt

Unit 9 – Shang Dynasty of Ancient China
with thanks to Kim Biddulph of http://schoolsprehistory.wordpress.com/

World Civilizations (schools must teach one)

Unit 10 – Early Islamic Civilisation (Baghdad)
with thanks to Rich Farrow

Unit 11 – Mayan Civilisation
with thanks to Rich Farrow

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9 thoughts on “KS2 History ‘cheat sheet’ resources

  1. Tim Taylor 23 April 2014 at 9:53 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on Primary Blogging.

  2. Andrea Atherton 23 April 2014 at 10:32 pm Reply

    I think that these are a great idea. It gives you a starting point for your topic.

  3. cazzypot2013 24 April 2014 at 12:53 am Reply

    Reblogged this on The Echo Chamber.

  4. primaryblogger1 10 May 2014 at 7:01 pm Reply

    Reblogged this on Primary Blogging.

  5. Elaine Carrahar 6 August 2014 at 8:55 am Reply

    Really useful. When will others be ready? Desperate for some background info on the Bagdad unit!

  6. Tony Sands 29 August 2014 at 7:46 pm Reply

    A great starting point especially for those topics that are unfamiliar to mortal primary teachers.

  7. Books and knowledge. | Pedfed 11 October 2014 at 10:45 pm Reply

    […] later got a bit of stick for publishing one Michael Tidd’s KS2 history cheat sheets, and asking if parents would be happy if this was the extent of their child’s teacher’s […]

  8. gr90 26 April 2015 at 7:24 pm Reply

    Very useful as a starting point to topics previously unstudied.

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