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KS4 History - The Legacy of Coal

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Summary

Exploring the streets, interviewing ex-miners and visiting local resources are all part of learning history for a group of Year 10 pupils in Nottingham.

Mike Endy, history teacher at Holgate School, decided that the OCR GCSE History Pilot would benefit some of his students, making the subject feel more relevant to them and enabling them to develop a sense of their own community's past.

In this programme, look at three key lessons in a 12-week local study, exploring the legacy of coal mining in Nottingham from the 19th century to the pit closures in the mid 1980s.

Pupils study archive maps, interpret local trade directories and interview ex-miners as they work towards their three assessment tasks, while Mike talks of the challenges and rewards of this kind of history teaching.

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