We had the Beatles in school when I was 11. They were pasted to our notebooks, warbled on the staircases, swooned over during breaks. They were fab and they were ours.
Now they're back in school again, as Unit 20 of the key stage 2 national curriculum history schemes of work - learning about recent history through the life of a famous person. It gives pause for thought. It's odd to think of one's youth as history, but stranger still is the idea that what was once the personal territory of kids is now enshrined in the earnest language of a government teaching document.
We believe our entertaining and thought-provoking feature on the life of John Lennon (page 17) will overcome the weight of officialdom, and help you provide a vibrant and creative focus for learning about mid-20th century social change. As far as we can tell, our article is the first ever teaching resource on the Beatles for primary history.
Much of this month's issue revolves around life stories. Personal tales by three well-known authors' will inspire you to enter you own pupils' work in the Write Away competition. Finally, you will see how past lives can be made flesh and blood through a well-planned graveyard visit.
Editor TES Primary