Review: Primary Humanities: Learning Through Enquiry, by Pickford, T., Garner, W. and Jackson

The book sets out to provide a broad and balanced overview of the teaching of primary history and primary geography, published by Sage in March 2013.  ‘Primary Humanities: Learning Through Enquiry’ aims to become essential reading for all primary teacher education students wishing to develop their understanding of teaching humanities subjects. There are other recent texts in this area: Teaching Primary Humanities by Grigg and Hughes (Pearson, 2013) and Humanities in Primary Education: History, Geography and Religious Education in the classroom) by Kimber, Clough, Fforest, Harnett, Menter and Newman (Routeldge, 2012). The book attempts to bring together the traditions of historical enquiry and geographical enquiry. At its heart is the belief in children’s capacities to be enquiring historians and geographers, enabling them to develop a sound base of historical and geographical knowledge and understanding.

Reynolds, A. (2014) Review of Primary Humanities: Learning Through Enquiry, by Pickford, T., Garner, W. and Jackson. Educationalfutures, [online] Vol. 6(2). Available at:

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