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Learning and teaching resources

A number of useful learning and teaching resources have been developed in association with research conducted within the ‘Diasporas, Migration and Identities’ programme.


Moving People

A new website, is a companion to, but for a wider audience. Alongside a small book of the same name, it explores issues of migration and identity, and presents important information and stories about diaspora communities and the experiences of migrants. It features research findings from the programme’s many projects, networks and workshops. Produced in collaboration with the web and print design company, Millipedia, and the Citizenship Foundation, it also includes resources and links for teachers of Citizenship Education, History and Geography for use with Key Stage 4 students and those at the top end of KS3. It will be launched in November 2011.

BANGLA STORIES, produced by Claire Alexander and Joya Chatterji with the Runnymede Trust, is a website of stories told by people who left Bengal after Independence in 1947 when the state was divided into West Bengal and East Pakistan (later Bangladesh). These are stories of people who left behind home and family, people who crossed new borders and travelled overseas, people who made new lives. includes a down-loadable teacher resource pack and lesson plans ‘designed for teachers, youth workers and any other professionals interested in young people growing up in Britain. The lesson plans are for KS3 students (11-14 years), though they can be used with older students. Although the resource pack is based on material from the Bangla Stories website, it is not aimed solely at young people of Bengali/Bangladeshi heritage. It is hoped that the themes, suggested research and projects will stimulate thought and discussion among students of all backgrounds.

The lesson plans are primarily focused on KS3 English but they also provide a cross-curriculum experience linking Citizenship, History, Geography and PSHE. Because of the nature of the content of the lesson plans and the website, the resource pack provides many opportunities to consider extensive and stimulating cross-curriculum cohesion. [From the website] Lesson plans, devised by Anusree Biswas of the Runnymede Trust, include the following themes: identity, home, family history, migration, generation, prejudice, and celebrating Bengali culture.

EVERY OBJECT TELLS A STORY, produced by Kate Pahl in collaboration with MLA Yorkshire, Rotherham Open Arts Renaissance, Burngreave Community Learning Campaign and Sheffield City Council, is a website for family learning through objects in the home and museum. It is based on a research project which aimed to look at the relationship between objects in the home and the narratives of migration of families of Pakistani heritage. The project involved five families who were able to share their stories and objects with the team (Kate Pahl, University of Sheffield, Andy Pollard, Sheffield Hallam University and Zahir Rafiq). The stories and objects that were collected were displayed in an exhibition in Rotherham Arts Centre in March 2007. includes a down-loadable teachers’ pack with resources focused on three themes: Every object tells a story; Interests and Passions; Sharing family memories. From the website:

  • How are objects in the home and objects in museums connected?
  • How can you use objects to develop family learning?
  • How are stories linked to objects in the home?
  • How can family stories be used to develop literacy and language?
  • How can this way of working engage diverse communities and cultures?

Taking existing research into family objects and stories as a starting point, this resource pack offers a variety of practical activities, ideas and resources for working with family learners.

  • The activities can be used by family learning practitioners or by museum staff.
  • Some of the activities take place in the classroom, some involve a visit to the museum.
  • The activities assume that adults and children are learning together in the same classroom, although they can be adapted for adults only.
  • The activities are most suitable for Key Stage 2 age children. However, they can be adapted for working with older or younger children.
  • The activities have been piloted with a group of learners from Burngreave Community Learning Campaign.

AN ARCHAEOLOGY OF RACE was devised and produced by Divya Tolia-Kelly in association with Durham County Council’s Ethnic Minority and Traveller Achievement Service as part of a large research project within AHRC’s ‘Landscape and Environment’ programme (‘Tales of the frontier: political representations and practices inspired by Hadrian’s Wall’,

From the website: Part of race equality teaching is helping pupils to understand their multicultural origins, and dispelling the myth that Britishness is synonymous with a white, mono-ethnic, religious and cultural background.

This teaching pack ( attempts to explore the reality of multi-cultural Britain, which reaches far back into history. It examines the Northern Frontier of Hadrian’s Wall as being, in Roman times, a site of multicultural flows, and residency of the African Emperor of Rome, Septimius Severus who lived and died in York (211). It also explores the resultant benefits of this to British society, as we know it today. It links with the Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 in the History and Citizenship curriculum. This teaching pack can be used as a stand-alone resource. It can be used in conjunction with a visit to the Archaeology of ‘Race’ Exhibition, or with the e-version of the Archaeology of ‘Race’ Exhibition.

Lesson plans include the following themes: what it means to be British; immigration to Britain over the centuries; what the Romans did for us; how the Romans influenced the food we eat; how the Romans influenced the language we speak; How Roman were the Romans on Hadrian’s Wall?; Emperor Septimius Severus; the North East of England, now and in Roman times.