Knowing History


Knowing History is a series of three Key Stage 3 history textbooks, published by Collins. The series seeks to provide a rich historical narrative of British history, which is both challenging and accessible for pupils at all ability schools. It begins with the arrival of the Anglo-Saxons in Britain during the 5th century, and ends with the death of Queen Victoria in 1901.

The Knowing History series is designed to give secondary school pupils an overarching understanding of British history. Such a knowledge empowers pupils to undestand the country they inhabit, but also equips them with the historical knowledge necessary to excel in the new British thematic and depth studies at GCSE. The series consists of three separate books:

  • Knowing History Book 1: Medieval Britain 400-1509
  • Knowing History Book 2: Early Modern Britain 1509-1760
  • Knowing History Book 3: Modern Britain 1760-1900 (to be published 2nd February 2017)

The series has evolved from booklets that I wrote for pupils at the West London Free School, and has a number of distinctive features:

  • Each textbook is split into six units, and each unit has five chapters. Each chapter is presented on a double page spread. This ensures the textbooks are easy for teachers to plan lessons and schemes of work from, and are user-friendly for pupils.
  • Each unit ends with a knowledge organiser, splitting the period into key dates, people and vocabulary – designed to help pupils with their revision.
  • The textbooks provide core historical narrative about each period. Such narratives give pupils the necessary historical knowledge to carry out more complex tasks, such as source analysis, extended writing, or engaging in historical debates.
  • Ideas for how to teach each unit are available in the free teacher guide on the Collins website.

To find out more, visit the Collins.