History Cheat Sheets – the complete set

A little under a year ago, I set out on a project to provide helpful ‘cheat sheets’ for Key Stage 2 teachers faced with tackling a completely unfamiliar curriculum. I had no idea quite how complex the task would be. I was (and indeed remain) no expert in areas such as 10th Century Islamic Civilizations, or the pre-Roman period of British History.

Thankfully, through the wonder of Twitter, I was able to enlist the generous help and support of a number of willing volunteers, and finally I am delighted to have published a full set of 12 support sheets for each of the statutory and optional areas of the KS2 curriculum.

Credit for their various efforts must go to those who went to the effort of researching, preparing and compiling the sheets for their various strands – it is no mean feat:

Ilona Aronovksy @aron_ovsky

Kim Biddulph @schprehistory

Dr Richard Farrow @FarrowMr

Alison Leach @StoneAgeKS2

Jo Pearson @JoPearson3

Tim Taylor @imagineinquiry

I am eternally grateful for their help, and I know that that will be echoed by many in schools up and down the country. The whole project feels like a testament to the profession, and I couldn’t be more proud!

The final booklet can be downloaded from this link, and can also be found on the Free Resources page along with various other bits and pieces.

I hope folk find them useful.

History ‘Cheat Sheets’

Download the full booklet of 'cheat sheets'

Download the full booklet of ‘cheat sheets (8MB)’

1. Stone Age to Iron Age

1. Stone Age to Iron Age

2. Roman Britain

2. Roman Britain

3. Anglo-Saxons & Scots

3. Anglo-Saxons & Scots

4. Anglo-Saxons & Vikings

5. Ancient Greece

6. Ancient Sumer

6. Ancient Sumer

7. Indus Valley

7. Indus Valley

8. Ancient Egypt

8. Ancient Egypt

9. Shang Dynasty of China

9. Shang Dynasty of China

10. Early Islamic Civilisation

10. Early Islamic Civilisation

11. Mayan Civilisation

11. Mayan Civilisation

12. Benin, West Africa

12. Benin, West Africa



11 thoughts on “History Cheat Sheets – the complete set

  1. S N 22 March 2015 at 8:55 pm Reply

    Thank you! As a student teacher this year this is a massive help 🙂 x

  2. Jan Walker 2 July 2015 at 9:49 pm Reply

    These are great, very useful – Thanks Michael and Co. Any plans for World War sheets?

    • Michael Tidd 2 July 2015 at 9:56 pm Reply

      No particular plan, as WWII is no longer a part of the statutory KS2 curriculum. Of course, if someone wanted to write one, I’d happily add it to the collection.

  3. Fiona Bishop 8 August 2017 at 6:47 am Reply

    Michael, many thanks for sharing. I’m exploring knowledge organisers/cheat sheets for the first time. I’m currently putting some together some for RE Year 5. How do you use your sheets? When do you share them with the children? Are they stuck in their books? Do you write questions to quiz the children weekly?

    Many thanks


  4. Lesley Stella Harsant Pegler 8 August 2017 at 10:02 am Reply

    A great resource, thank you to all concerned.

  5. Lesley Roche 8 August 2017 at 11:48 am Reply

    These are fantastic. Thank yo so much for organising and sharing. I am currently researching ‘stretch and challenge’. One of the strategies discussed is the use of low stakes quizzes. These will work perfectly as an aide memoire.

  6. […] Excellent cheat sheets for Key Stage 2 history teaching […]

  7. Emma 28 September 2018 at 7:25 am Reply

    These are all so helpful and appreciated. Have ou considered completing the same type of document for KS1 subjects (significant events in history and significant individuals)?
    Many thanks

    • Michael Tidd 6 October 2018 at 11:51 am Reply

      Unfortunately it’s very hard to construct any equivalents for KS1 because every school can choose different significant events and individuals.

  8. Jo 2 August 2019 at 11:39 pm Reply

    Thank you so much for these!

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