The Diary as Teaching Resource in schools
The Madeleine Blaess diary and Phoney War letters are an exciting resource usable in classrooms across all key stages in History GCSE and A level curriculum. We are currently examining how the Blaess material can be introduced into the curriculum with the help and assistance of teachers and educational specialists in Yorkshire and the Humber. The diary fits well with the local history project brief at both Key Stages 2 and 3 as well as a channel for understanding historical events of global import which is a more clearly delineated expectation at Key Stage 3. The early stages of work to design school packs for use in the GCSE and A level classroom will largely be done in collaboration with schools in areas with a connection to the Blaess diary (Sheffield, Leeds and York).
We already have a number of teachers committed to the Project but would be glad to hear expressions of interest from anyone else who would like to be involved in the design of study materials for schools.