WHAT DOES MILL ROAD CEMETERY REVEAL ABOUT THE VICTORIANS?

This enquiry has been written for use with Key Stage 2 classes, although it could also be used (or adapted) for Key Stage 3. It draws principally on the knowledge, skills and understanding of History as a subject but Geography forms a component of the enquiry and links can be easily made with other curriculum areas to create a cross-curricular approach
The planning follows a pattern of historical enquiry where a series of enquiry questions knit the suggested activities together, culminating in a substantial and motivating conclusion. Learning outside the classroom, in the form of site visits to Mill Road cemetery are essential to the successful completion of the work.

The overarching enquiry question is “What does Mill Road Cemetery reveal about the Victorians?” The aim is for pupils to investigate the characteristic features of a period (in this case the Victorian period 1837-1901) through analysing original sources that date from that time (eg. features of the cemetery such as graves, original plans, photographs, newspaper reports etc) They will also produce their own interpretation of history (a museum display) as a result of their research, justifying their choice of material in its production.
Each of the following sub questions can be completed in turn to prepare pupils for the final learning outcome of the enquiry. (The Enquiy’s Learning Outcome is described in the download on the righthand side). Click on each question for suggested activities and resources.

Why did the Victorians build Mill Road Cemetery?
How do we know how Mill Road Cemetery has changed since 1848?
What evidence can tell us about the people buried in Mill Road Cemetery?
What did the Victorians think about life and death?
What shall be the future of Mill Road Cemetery?