I have spent the last few days dissecting the new primary history curriculum, to see the impact it will have on our North Lincolnshire Museum Service and of course our local schools. After worryingly reading the earlier drafts, I have to say that this final draft isn’t so bad at all.
The final draft can be found on https://www.gov.uk/government/organisations/department-for-education/series/national-curriculum
As a Museum Service, we will be working with our local primary schools to offer support and guidance on areas unfamiliar to our local teachers. The introduction of prehistory is welcomed and we are already working on new ideas and resources for 2014. The emphasis on the Anglo Saxons and Vikings are also welcomed, as many of our visitors still unsure of the difference between them and the order in which they come!
The new curriculum goes beyond giving us chance to continue to deliver our successful existing museum learning programme. It offers us the opportunity to deliver new workshops and be more creative in what we offer.
However, partnership working is the key to the success of the new history curriculum and we need to work directly with our primary school history co-ordinators. The next history co-ordinators meeting is open to all primary history co-ordinators in and around North Lincolnshire. The date is Monday 14 October 2013, 2pm or 4pm at NorthLincolnshireMuseum. If you would like to attend, please book a place in advance.
We look forward to working in partnership with our local teachers in providing inspiring workshops and resources that assists them with delivering the new curriculum.