Sarah Forbes Bonetta: Scheme of Work

Primary Scheme of Work, Key Stage 1 History (unresourced)

By Alf Wilkinson, published 4th November 2015

Significant Individuals: Sarah Forbes Bonetta

Children are introduced to the idea of significance, and how this might change over time. Sarah Forbes Bonetta  we don't even know her real name – was an African princess, a slave in West Africa, a god-daughter of Queen Victoria, a wife, mother and missionary teacher.

Does that make her a Significant Individual in Victorian times? And today? This unit explores her life and times to try to answer some of these questions.

This unit is structured around 3 sequential history enquiries:

  1. What do we mean by 'Significance?'
  2. Who was Sarah Forbes Bonetta?
  3. Why is she remembered?

Please note: While this unit contains resource suggestions, it is not a fully resourced scheme of work, and the resources it refers to may in some cases only be available to full members of the HA.

The majority of the HA schemes of work were produced between 2014-2019 by members of the HA primary committee and its affiliates. These schemes of work are designed to support your planning and should be moulded and adapted to fit the context and needs of your own school. 

To view a free sample scheme of work, please refer to our Anglo-Saxons unit.

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