Key Stage 3 History

Key Stage 3 (KS3) History – Transatlantic Slavery

Paul complements the KS3 history curriculum when speaking about how novel based on the lives of his slave ancestors was informed by historical fact. He delivers inspirational and educational talks touching on the following

  • the slave trade (from capture to disembarkation)
  • the life of a slave and plantation society
  • insights and into the slave registers for the Cousins Cove Sugar plantation (formerly Crooks’ Cove)
  • slavery and resistance
  • insights into slave registers for Cousins’ Cove (1817-1834)
  • compensation payments made to slave owners of Cousins Cove in 1834
Holyhead KS3 Literacy Group

Speaking to the Year 8 History Group at Holyhead School in Birmingham

Students enjoy when he speaks about what inspired him to become an author and how he researched his books.

Paul delivers classroom or school library based workshops. His workshops challenge students to use reasoning and enquiry skills to think critically about the emotive and controversial history of slavery and why it was brought to an ended.

He tailors sessions to suit subject lead school curriculum objectives, which may include

  • helping students develop historical knowledge by encouraging them to take part in wider reading outside of the classroom
  • firing students’ curiosity and imagination, moving and inspiring them with the dilemmas, choices and beliefs of people in the past
  • providing an excellent springboard to support or reinforce cross-curricular topic discussion
  • supporting students to develop skills of critical thinking and stretch pupils understanding of the issues
  • enabling pupils to ask and answer questions of the present by engaging with the past.

Inspirational Educational School Speaker

A visiting author with lots of experience as a speaker in schools and colleges, Paul talks to young people about his personal experiences researching his family tree, slavery the writing process and the importance of reading around the subject.

Being Interviewed by BBC School Reporters at Holyhead School, B'ham

Being Interviewed by BBC School Reporters at Holyhead School, B’ham

Complementing Key Stage 3 English Curriculum

  • combining learning with language and literacy programmes, group work and presentation
  • reading widely and often, for both pleasure and information
    use discussion in order to learn; they should be able to elaborate and explain clearly
  • their understanding and ideas

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