Why is diversity so important? How can we approach it?

Alison Gove-Humphries, Paul Bracey, Darius Jackson

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Imagine what the following tell you about the past - a Tudor role play of Queen Elizabeth visiting Kenilworth Castle; a photograph of London during the Blitz; a picture of Viking warriors attacking Lindisfarne monastery. The first of the images can perhaps draw on a family visit to an event or a school trip, provide a sense of fun and relate to ways in which the past is typically presented to people. Each image provides a vivid picture of a time in the past and is a great lead into a topic. However, if they are the only images which children have of different times in the past they would clearly present a stereotypical view of the periods in which each event happened. We believe that teaching diversity provides an essential means of ensuring that children and adults can critically evaluate how well such images relate to different times by providing insights into the lives of different people who lived at different times in the past. This article seeks to indicate practial ways by which this can be undertaken in the Primary School classroom.
Original languageEnglish
JournalPrimary History
Publication statusPublished - 1 Mar 2017


  • Diversity
  • primary
  • history


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