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How would you restore the Woking burial ground?

Learning objective; to compare how historic sites and memorials commemorate people of a particular period.

Learning outcomes pupils will have;

  • Considered how personal dates and events might be commemorated

  • Compared and contrasted different memorials (some built on historic sites) commemorating soldiers of the British Indian Army during the First World War

  • Devised and presented a restoration plan for Woking Burial Ground built for Muslim soldiers of the British Indian Army who died of their wounds in Britain

  • Compared their designs with the actual restored
    burial-ground (now called the Islamic Peace Garden)

This lesson could contribute to teaching about British Values where pupils are required to learn about mutual respect for and tolerance of those with different faiths and beliefs and for those without faith. Its methodology also supports the aims of character education in considering  how soldiers from differing cultural backgrounds have been and might be commemorated through pedagogy that encourages autonomy and reflection. This lesson also supports the teaching of citizenship, in particular “to weigh evidence, debate and make reasoned arguments”

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