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KS1/2 History - Wolfgang's Story

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Summary

In this programme, we see how one Year 6 teacher in Middlesex has developed a fictional character to engage pupils in the learning of history.

Graham Hicks from Eastfield School has created the on-going tale of 'Wolfgang', a fictional German WWII soldier whose adventures are based upon real sources and real historical events.

Hicks' inspiring approach to teaching combines literacy and history to help pupils grapple with the complexities of the past and improve their writing.

The story picks up when Wolfgang's regiment enter the Ukraine. Pupils hear about the soldiers' experiences, sample food, read Wolfgang's letters from home, and watch archive film and photographs. The pupils then ask questions and are set a writing task.

Hicks explains his approach and provides advice on this kind of teaching whilst history consultant Bernie Ashmore observes the lesson.

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