School children taking part in the Documentary Challenge session
@IWM
Suitability KS3, KS4
Subjects Citizenship, English, History
Topics Cold War
Session Type
On-gallery

Booking Information

Availability
Monday to Friday, 10.30am, 10.45am and 12.30pm
Duration
90 minutes
Capacity
30 students
Price
£100 (£110 from January 2020)

What is Documentary Challenge?

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What is Documentary Challenge?

Documentary Challenge takes students out of the classroom and into IWM’s galleries to explore objects and tell those stories in their own words. Briefed by Reena, a filmmaker for SMASH TV, students are given smart-cameras and tasked with making mini documentaries on the people and objects they feel the world needs to know about.

About this session

Documentary Challenge takes students out of the classroom and into IWM’s galleries to explore objects and tell those stories in their own words. Briefed by Reena, a filmmaker for SMASH TV, students are given smart-cameras and tasked with making mini documentaries on the people and objects they feel the world needs to know about.

Through this digitally–led experience, students develop historical inquiry skills to question, consider, debate and evaluate primary sources, while also gaining a deeper understanding about the impact of war and conflict on people’s lives in the past, and its relevance in society today.  

This activity will take place in both Teaching Room 6 and the American Air Museum. We have allowed additional time to get your group to the American Air Museum in good time.

Learning Objectives

Documentary Challenge allows active exploration of the History curriculum in relation to real historic artefacts within IWM. Through making their mini-documentaries, students will:

  • Use primary sources as evidence to construct, illustrate and present an argument
  • Develop communication and presentation skills through filmmaking
  • Deepen understanding about the impact of conflict on people’s lives in the past and relevance to society today.

National Curriculum Links

  • Key Stage 3 History: Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to the present day
  • Key Stage 4 HistoryEdexcel: Period Study: Superpower relations and the Cold War 1941-1991
  • Key Stage 4 History: OCR: Period Study: International Relations: the changing international order 1918-2001: The Cold War

Testimonials

An incredible way for students to learn. The opportunity to explore, be creative, make choices, voice their thoughts and do so with the rigidness of having to know an examiners mark scheme. Teachers crave being able to support students in learning this way. A wonderful experience!’ – Key Stage 3 Teacher

A thoroughly 21st century learning event which genuinely helps to develop historical and deeper understanding of the past.’ – Key Stage 3 Teacher

Created by digital theatre-makers Non Zero One | Commissioned by Imperial War Museums