Using history to inspire young people into active citizenship
This simple three step model enables schools to work with museum and archive collections, and get involved in local issues. It is suitable for KS2, KS3 and KS4. A cross-curricular programme of activity includes:
- Exploring historical campaigns to show how people changed things in the past.
- Investigating how historical campaigners got their message across. Comparing these methods to modern day campaigning and media techniques.
- Developing campaign skills, enabling and inspiring children and young people to run their own campaigns about issues that affect them today. Encouraging them to get involved as active young citizens within their own communities.
The programme enables and empowers young people, raising self-esteem and building confidence in their ability to make a valuable contribution and to change things within their own lives and communities.
Useful booklets to download
- KS2 Curriculum Links (PDF) - How CMAI is relevant to the National Curriculum, from numeracy to citizenship
- KS3 Curriculum Links (PDF) - lists concepts, processes, range and content relevant to the National Curriculum
Resources for teachers
- CMAI - a short guide for schools (PDF) - how to plan and top tips for a successful project
- What and Why (PDF) - includes links to the British Library's Campaign! Make An Impact website
- CMAI - teachers handbook (PDF) - lays out how to run a project in clear steps. Includes case studies for inspiration.
- How to run a CMAI project using Hadrian's Wall (PDF) - includes planning grids and suggestions
Resources for students
- CMAI - student handbook (PDF) - covers everything from how to set your goals to how to work the media.
- Looking at Historical campaigns grid (PDF) - helpful in evaluating the process and result of past campaigns
- Linking old and new campaigns grid (PDF) - provides a structured way to compare current and historical campaigns, from listing allies to tactics
Focus on Arbeia
- Arbeia - How the People's Roman Remains Park was created in the 1870s (PDF) - a structured teaching resource packed with copies of this historical campaign's original letters, newspaper articles and documents
- Arbeia - project planning grid (PDF) - how to approach investigating the 1870's campaign to excavate the Roman fort at South Shields
- Arbeia - a case study of home educated children (PDF) - how the Northumberland and Durham Home Educated Children's Group studied Arbeia
Focus on Roman Archaelogy
- Roman Archeology - project planning grid (PDF) - how to approach studying Roman Archaeology, including steps and suggestions
- Roman Archeology - Tullie House visit booklet (PDF) - a handy booklet to print out for younger children to fill in when visiting Tullie House
- Roman Archeology - KS2 case study by Ivegill C of E Primary School (PDF) - the context, processes and creative outcomes of studying roman archaeology with Key Stage 2 pupils