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By Robert WattsProgramme Convener for the MA Art, Craft and Design Education at Roehampton University

History doesn’t just mean things that happened in the distant past. It can also be about capturing the here and now

Child Education January -  history now

As teachers we’re used to using books, videos and the internet to bring the past to life. But have you ever considered challenging your class to create their own historical resources? This might seem to be a peculiar task to set children, but it’s a great way of reminding them that history is happening here and now. Children often perceive that history is concerned with important events that shape the lives of millions. Few will recognise that sometimes it is the evidence of familiar activities that can really bring the subject to life.

This project is all about recording and celebrating the everyday moments of school life that are often overlooked and easily forgotten. Through drawing and painting their own personal plaques, children will create a unique record of their experiences in school. And who knows, one day they might be looked back upon as valuable evidence of school life in the 2000s!

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