This Scheme of Work takes a new approach to historical enquiry for 5-7
year olds, offering combined history and literacy learning objectives
led by challenging questions, and a series of engaging activities that
knit together towards a common creative outcome. It focuses very much
on the life and achievements of Olaudah Equiano, a slave who became a
free man and settled in England. He played a key part in the campaign
to abolish the Slave Trade. Pupils are encouraged to interpret visual
and verbal texts, think about the relationship between evidence, fact
and opinion and to reflect upon Equiano's legacy. This is an effective
way to help young children to learn to understand others.
Starting with Equiano's wedding, the activity explores the
events of his life from both contemporary sources and modern
reconstructions, asking the question 'How did Equiano end up in
Cambridgeshire?' It concludes by asking pupils to design a gravestone
for Equiano as, although he was famous for his role in anti-slavery
campaigns when he died in 1797, we do not know where his grave is,
unlike other Abolitionist leaders like Clarkson and Wilberforce.
The Scheme of Work, enquiry questions and activities are
ordered in such a way as to gradually develop essential skills and
build pupils' confidence. Ideally, they would be delivered as a whole,
across separate but interlinking lessons in the order in which the
units are set out. However, teachers can be selective and mediate the
materials as they see will work best in their own classroom.