London Metropolitan University Research Institutes

Why didn't you fight, Ruby? Developing citizenship in infant school through teaching about significant people history

Author(s) Claire, Hilary  
Publisher CiCe Publications  
Year 2002  
Editor Future Citizens in Europe Ed. Alistair Ross  
Language English  
Age group -  
Citizenship, even in KS1, should help children develop their own value systems and understanding about challenging injustice. This paper reports on a small project working with 6-7 year olds through the statutory aspect of the National Curriculum in History (England)? learning about significant people in the past. Children learned about three people whose actions contributed to changing discriminatory institutional structures and attitudes. The children surprised their teachers by their maturity and understanding of issues. The paper describes the processes, identifies some areas of potential misunderstanding and provides examples of the teachers' strategies and support.

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