Enquiry 4: Independent Enquiry
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How do we find out about a particular conflict?
About this unit                            
Teaching Ideas
Main Learning Outcome:

Pupils research, evaluate and synthesise a range of material for their chosen conflict.

Learning Objectives:

History 1.2:
• To explore the diverse experiences of people involved in a particular conflict.

History 1.6b:
• To explore the different ways in which that event has been subsequently interpreted by historians and others.

History 2.2a:
• To investigate specific historical questions, identifying, selecting and evaluating a range of historical sources to reach reasoned conclusions.

English:  EN2:
• Reading 4 Printed and ICT-based information texts (develop the reading of print and ICT-based information texts)
(a)  select, compare and synthesise information from different texts
(c) sift the relevant from the irrelevant, and distinguish between fact and opinion, bias and objectivity

Independent Enquirers
• Identify questions to answer and problems to resolve.

• Plan and carry out research, appreciating the consequences of decisions.

• Explore issues, events or problems from different perspectives.

• Analyse and evaluate information, judging its relevance and value.

• Consider the influence of circumstances, beliefs and feelings on decisions and events.

• Support conclusions, using reasoned arguments and evidence.
Give small groups a particular conflict to research using a range of appropriate resources and co-constructed enquiry/research questions (big questions plus “little” questions, generated by pupils within their groups and checked by the teacher/peers).

Interview veterans using questions generated in their own groups, on a conflict they have already researched plus one other. Pupils will need guidance on framing questions (see MLA guidance resources).
Royal British Legion case studies  (see – School’s Pack 2009/10).
 IWM Website - British experiences of living through the Cold War:
IWM online exhibition:
Through My Eyes: Stories of Conflict, Belonging and Identity:
Interviews with veterans (locally, at the Arboretum and IWM Duxford).

MLA guidance on intergenerational work (see Collecting Memories’ and
‘What’s in a Memory?’ )

Synopsis of the work of academic historians (e.g. ‘The Rise & Fall of the British Empire’; ‘Britain’s Small Wars’)

Textbooks: ‘SHP History Year 9’