CITIZENSHIP: USING THE EVIDENCE OF THE HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT – A TEACHER’S GUIDE
CITIZENSHIP: USING THE EVIDENCE OF THE HISTORIC ENVIRONMENT – A TEACHER’S GUIDE written by members of the English Heritage Education Team, 2004, English Heritage, ISBN 1 – 85074-857-8
is an imaginative, well thought-out cross curricular resource. It starts with local history, which is relevant in the Foundation Stage and part of both KS1 and 2 primary history PoS, and demonstrates citizenship education working from the past to the present and into the future.
The book shows how to use old maps, street furniture, art and photographic evidence from the locality, documents and newspapers, as well as buildings and landscape themselves, to understand the history of one’s environment. This is all grist to the mill of citizenship education as children learn to be diligent researchers, equipped to make informed decisions about our environment. Children find out how buildings are listed and the classification of buildings at risk. They discover how archaeological findings determine the speed and extent to which the environment can be altered. They learn about conservation areas and regeneration, not just in the context of preserving the past, but with respect to a desirable future.