As part of our First World War centenary project, Museum of Richmond has produced formal resources for schools.
Enquiry sessions at the Museum of Richmond have been designed for Upper Key Stage 2 pupils, and are particularly recommended for Stretch & Challenge or Gifted & Talented groups. Also suitable for Lower KS3 or as a History Club activity.
The session uses historical resources to explore the experiences of six Richmond men who died in 1916. Presented as portfolios of documents, photos, and objects, pupils are guided through the evidence by the museum education officer and through a series of enquiry questions to piece together the stories of each man.
Each portfolio investigates a different experience, including the boy soldier who lied about his age to enlist, the young man who died serving in India, and the family man who left behind a wife and daughter. This approach will enable pupils to develop their understanding of the war and its impacts by connecting with the personal stories.
Designed for group work, pupils will develop their skills in investigating primary and secondary sources. At the end of the session pupils will present their findings back to the rest of the group followed by a facilitated discussion of their findings.
For further information on learning provision at the museum visit: http://www.museumofrichmond.com/learning-activities/schools/
Aimed at Key Stage 1 – 3, although they can be adapted by teachers, the resources are designed to provide opportunities for using local stories to explore national events. As well as helping pupils engage with history in their local area, this supports national curriculum targets for developing understanding of national and international history through local contexts.
The PDFs are not detailed lesson plans, as we are sure the talented teachers of Richmond will have their own ideas on how to use the material and integrate studies into their class schemes! They provide background information to enable teachers to orientate themselves and pupils, with facts and images to build understanding of the impact of the war on the borough. As well as images, the Powerpoint resource offers enquiry questions to encourage further study.
The PDFs provide short case studies on people and objects with suggestions for cross curricular activities and links to supporting websites.
There is also an emphasis on using this blog as a teaching resource, to access more local stories, images, audio, and video material to enhance class learning.
Additional resources are available in the Poetry Burst post.