Resource bank

Planning to teach a lesson or unit on migration, immigration, emigration, multiculturalism or cultural diversity? Looking for good resources to support you? Short on time? Overwhelmed by the amount available out there and reluctant to start from scratch? We are here to help! We have searched widely and selected some of the best resources and useful websites on these themes. Use our simple search boxes to locate the right resource for you and your pupils. Please review any you’ve used and write to our head of learning and partnerships to recommend any others at emily@migrationmuseum.org.

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  • Patterns of Migration – Spitalfields (OCR History GCSE)

    Produced byMartin Spafford and OCR
    SubjectHistory
    Topics/keywords-
    Age rangeKS4 (ages 14–16)
    SummaryA free-to-download history of migration to Spitalfields written by our education committee member Martin Spafford for the OCR A ‘Migration to Britain’ GCSE course. Read more
    Description

    A free-to-download history of migration to Spitalfields written by our education committee member Martin Spafford for the OCR A ‘Migration to Britain’ GCSE course.

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  • No Turning Back – schools resources

    Produced byMigration Museum Project
    SubjectCitizenship, English, Geography, History
    Topics/keywords-
    Age rangeKS3 (ages 11–14), KS4 (ages 14–16)
    SummaryA range of self-directed activities for school trips to the exhibition, encompassing KS3 and KS4 resources co-designed with teachers for before your visit and to follow up in the classroom afterwards. Read more
    Description

    Our new exhibition No Turning Back: Seven Migration Moments That Changed Britain focuses on seven pivotal moments when migration shaped the history of Britain.

    We are coordinating a range of workshops and self-directed activities for school trips to the exhibition. Below you will find KS3 and KS4 resources co-designed with teachers for before your visit and to follow up in the classroom afterwards. Whilst these resources cater for KS3 and 4, we are also working with year 5 and 6 pupils so please also get in touch if you are a KS2 teacher. We welcome your feedback on these resources.

    Click here to view and download resources

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  • Exodus: Our Journey to Europe

    Produced byDoc Academy
    SubjectCitizenship, English, Geography, History
    Topics/keywords-
    Age rangeKS3 (ages 11–14), KS4 (ages 14–16)
    SummaryA scheme of work across five lessons supporting the English Language assessment objectives for GCSE. Follow English teacher Hassan, from Syria, as he leaves his war-torn country and attempts to travel to the UK. Using phone cameras, interviews and voiceover, the BBC documentary series shines a light on the untold story of the migrant crisis.… Read more
    Description

    A scheme of work across five lessons supporting the English Language assessment objectives for GCSE. Follow English teacher Hassan, from Syria, as he leaves his war-torn country and attempts to travel to the UK. Using phone cameras, interviews and voiceover, the BBC documentary series shines a light on the untold story of the migrant crisis. His story— dramatic and dismaying by turn—will enable students to practise a range of reading, writing and listening skills while building their understanding of a critical issue affecting people across the world today.

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  • Child Migrant Stories

    Produced byEithne Nightingale, Queen Mary University of London
    SubjectCitizenship, English, Geography, History
    Topics/keywords-
    Age rangeKS1 (ages 5–7), KS2 (ages 7–11), KS3 (ages 11–14), KS4 (ages 14–16), KS5 (ages 16–18)
    SummaryChild Migrant Stories teaching resources have been developed with and for educators for use in classrooms, heritage sites and other informal learning spaces across the UK. They draw on the personal experiences of people who migrated to Britain from around the world from 1930 to present day. Their stories are of loss and reunion but… Read more
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    Child Migrant Stories draws on the experiences of people who migrated under the age of 18 from across the world to East London from 1930 to the present day. Some came on their own; others came with, or to join family members who they may not have seen for years. Their stories are of loss and reunion but of resilience too, often in the face of war, poverty and discrimination. They are poignant, powerful and sometimes very funny.

    The profiles of the people who generously participated in this project came from Turkey, Cyprus, Brazil, El Salvador, Poland, Italy, Southern Ireland, Vietnam, Jamaica, Antigua, Guinea, Nigeria, Rwanda, Yemen, Somalia, India, Bangladesh and Pakistan at different ages between 5 and 17. Some experiences, drawing on child migrants’ own words, have been highlighted in Spotlight Stories. Four films, developed in collaboration with former child migrants and drawing on their creativity, bring these experiences vividly to life through image, music and art.

    The Child Migrant Stories teaching resources have been developed with and for educators for use in classrooms, heritage sites and other informal learning spaces across the UK.

    Click here to view and download resources.

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  • Migration Museum Project scheme of work

    Produced byMigration Museum Project
    SubjectCitizenship, History
    Topics/keywordsCaribbean immigration, Commonwealth, EU, Huguenots, Identity, Immigration, Irish, Jews, Romans
    Age rangeKS3 (ages 11–14)
    SummaryThis scheme of work created by the Migration Museum Project and teachers covers 6 main migration ‘moments’ in British history. To download the powerpoints and the supporting worksheets follow this link.   Read more
    Description

    7 Powerpoints and supporting worksheets and activities

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  • Our Migration Story

    Produced byThe Runnymede Trust, with Universities of Cambridge and Manchester and the Arts and Humanities Research Council
    SubjectHistory
    Topics/keywordsacademics, communities, Early and Medieval, GCSE, Imperial, Industrial, Migration, modern
    Age rangeKS4 (ages 14–16)
    SummaryThis website draws on the research of over 60 historians based in universities and historical institutions and presents the often untold stories of the generations of migrants who came to and shaped the British Isles. While this website is primarily designed to support teachers and students studying migration to Britain, its aim is to be… Read more
    Description

    Website in four time period categories

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  • England’s Immigrants 1330 – 1550

    Produced byNational Archives
    SubjectCitizenship, Geography, History, PSHE
    Topics/keywordsaliens, database, Diversity, Immigration, Medieval, Migration
    Age rangeKS2 (ages 7–11), KS3 (ages 11–14), KS4 (ages 14–16), KS5 (ages 16–18)
    SummaryVarious sets of introductory powerpoints produced for primary and secondary pupils by teachers as part of the teacher scholar programme hosted by University of York and the National Archives. These lessons introduce pupils to the results of the research project into medieval immigration using extensive government records from the time. Read more
    Description4 sets of powerpoints, divided by age. Resource
  • Immigration: A 70-year history in two minutes

    Produced byBBC Radio 5
    SubjectCitizenship, History
    Topics/keywordsWWII
    Age rangeKS3 (ages 11–14), KS4 (ages 14–16), KS5 (ages 16–18)
    SummaryFrom World War Two to the modern day, immigration has been a large part of the Britain’s history. Professor of History David Feldman tells BBC Radio 5 live how the immigration trends have changed throughout time. Read more
    DescriptionSummary of post WWII immigration to the UK, exploring push and pull factors. Resource
  • GLA London Curriculum-History Unit: World City

    Produced byThe Greater London Authority in conjunction with the Museum of London
    SubjectCitizenship, History
    Topics/keywordsDiversity, Economic migration, Empire, Forced migration, Identity, Immigration, Integration, Jewish migration, London, Migration, Refugees, Roman Britain
    Age rangeKS3 (ages 11–14)
    SummaryThis new resource developed with London schools places London at the heart of the History curriculum. This unit for key stage 3 about London as a diverse city has ideas for lesson plans and activities as well as tips about what to look out for a visit in London to cement this learning. Read more
    DescriptionThis new resource places London at the heart of the History curriculum for London schoolsDownload
  • Over Under Sideways Down

    Produced byRefugee Week and British Red Cross
    SubjectArt, Citizenship, Form time, Literacy, PSHE
    Topics/keywordsAfghanistan, Asylum seeker, Discrimination, Journeys, Personal story, Refugees
    Age rangeKS2 (ages 7–11), KS3 (ages 11–14), KS4 (ages 14–16)
    SummaryThis graphic novel sees cartoonist Karrie Fransman produce Ebrahim's story. He was a young unaccompanied asylum seeker from Afghanistan who had to leave due to his family's political activism. The short novel follows his journey across the world and through the arduous asylum system to refugee status here in the UK. Read more
    DescriptionGraphic NovelResource

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