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Why is an old Scottish cannon displayed in a modern Punjabi village?

Learning Objective; to explain the various historical links between an apparently unrelated artefact and an historical site, weighing reasons for the artefact`s significance.

Learning outcome pupils will have;

  • Drawn inferences about the village of Dulmial today based on contemporary photographs
  • Participated in discussion  about the importance of Dulmial during the First World War from a range of evidence
  • Participated in discussion about the relative significance of the Dulmial cannon over time and reasons for this.

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 have been 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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