Developing Historical Enquiry through Quality Fiction - Romans - Webinar

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8th March, 2022 - 14:00 pm to 16:00 pm
Price: £50.00

Taught in collaboration with established children’s author, Leila Rasheed, this webinar explores what it means to be historically literate and how to use historical fiction to develop a cross-curricular unit of work. Inspired by Leila Rasheed’s Empire’s End: A Roman Story and the associated historical era, this course will offer teaching approaches to support improved attainment in literacy and to teach history effectively.

What will participants gain?

This course will be delivered by one of CLPE’s expert teaching team alongside author Leila Rasheed and has been designed to cover:

  • How to select and integrate high quality fiction into teaching history.
  • Critical reading skills and how to evaluate sources.
  • Incorporate creative teaching approaches to history.
  • Consider authentic approaches to writing in the classroom by engaging with an established author

Through a range of interactive activities, we will investigate how engagement with a high quality text can support children’s development within and beyond literacy; consider what progression in history might look like across the primary years and the approaches that will support children’s understanding of historical concepts; as well as how we can support children to engage critically with text, both fiction and non-fiction, and a variety of historical sources.

About Leila Rasheed:

Leila Rasheed is a British-Asian writer of mixed heritage who grew up in Libya. Her first book, Chips, Beans and Limousines, was published by Usborne in 2008 and won a Red House Read of the Year award. Recent publications include The Smiling Stones, biographies of NASA mathematician Katherine Johnson and U.S. Politician and Vice President Kamala Harris (both for Scholastic’s ‘A Life Story’ series), and Empire’s End, a novel set in the late Roman period.


In addition to writing, Leila teaches creative writing in universities. She also created the Megaphone development scheme, an Arts Council England funded project which offers a year of one-to-one mentoring and small group masterclasses to people of colour based in England as they write a novel for children or teenagers to a publishable standard.


Leila’s novel, Empire’s End, is part of the Voices collection, a series of historical novels for Scholastic which are edited by Tony Bradman and also feature writing by authors such as Bali Rai, Patrice Lawrence, E.L. Norry and Benjamin Zephaniah.