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Resource 1

The Historical Association History

Community cohesion and the prevention of violent extremism
A resource for teachers to use in the classroom

Resource title
How does Olaudah Equiano deserve to be remembered?
Source: – The resource is part of the 'Slave Trade Abolition in Cambridgeshire and Suffolk' website.
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.
Links across other subjects within resource
Additional support
There is a multiplicity of materials developed to support study of the Slave Trade and its abolition:

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