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Free History KS2 Teaching Resources for Primary Teachers

Learning about History at KS2

At Key Stage 2, children learn about significant people, events and places from the recent and more distant past. They look at change in their own area, in Britain and other parts of the world. During Key Stage 2, children look at history from different perspectives. For example, technological, scientific and religious points of view. They continue to use different sources of information to find out about the past and consider different interpretations of events.

Children extend their chronological understanding by placing events and people into correct periods of time. They gain knowledge of historical periods and past societies and their characteristics. As part of this, they learn about important changes during a historical period.

The Breadth of Study

The breadth of study includes British History, a European History Study and a World History Study. The guides, activities and resources in this section are useful for supporting teaching and learning within the National Curriculum breadth of study. They could be used to complement a scheme of work that is already in place or provide a starting point for planning a unit.


To help support the teaching of KS2 History we have found a selection of sites that provide images, lesson plans, videos and more. They can aid a class and also they can provide interactive opportunities to engage students.

National Archives has a bright Home Front site that covers 7 sections of that time. There are worksheets, activities, videos and timelines that aid these sections. Images are provided to explain points made and there is a glossary that will help children who don’t understand some of the wording.

The British Museum is an interactive site that helps pupils in different areas of study. They can choose a theme they want to look at, choose from a list of cultures they wish to study and choose a period of time on the timeline.


12 Key Free Teaching Resources

BT Connected Earth

BT Connected Earth has lesson support material (for KS2 History) about life changes in Britain since 1948.

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Explore Parliament

Lesson plans for KS2, 3 & 4 for History and Citizenship lessons as well as providing games, videos and many more resources.

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Birmingham Museum

History Teachers can use this site to explain Roman remains and images are provided.

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School History

Teaching Ideas, Lesson Activities and Resources for Key Stage 2 History

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British Postal Museum and Archive

A variety of learning packs and lesson plans that teachers can use for educating about British Postal History.

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British Museum

The British Museum site has a section for history students learning about Ancient Civilisations in detail.

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National Archives

Resources For Britain Since The 1930s To Support Teaching And Learning In Key Stage 2 History

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Heritage Open Days

Heritage Open Days has a pack for helping teachers plan a trip/visit to different places and how to base class-work around it.

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Official Website of the British Monarchy

The British Monarchy site is a brilliant source of information when studying the Royal Family, their history and much more.

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Schools Tube

Schools Tube is a great way for teachers and their students to submit audiovisual content for it to be shared and used by others.

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Selection of Free Resources related to the 2012 Olympics from LCP.

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BBC Titanic

BBC Titanic contains a lesson plan and worksheet that covers the topic for the Titanic which can be used in KS2 Science and History classes.

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