Poetry, Charcoal and a Requiem: An Interdisciplinary Approach to Teaching the Holocaust to Primary Students

  • Graham Duffy
  • Paula Cowan
Part of the The Holocaust and its Contexts book series (HOLC)


Duffy and Cowan investigate the interdisciplinary learning teaching approach in teaching the Holocaust to Primary 7 pupils (aged 10–11 years). In this study, focus is placed on integrating history, poetry, art and music over a period of eight weeks. In doing, so the authors provide new insight into classroom teaching approaches adopted in teaching the Holocaust in the primary teaching context. This chapter demonstrates the importance of teacher preparation prior to teaching the Holocaust in terms of classroom ethos and identifies several features of good practice. It concludes that interdisciplinary learning is an effective means of engaging primary pupils in their first encounters with the Holocaust and in developing their historical knowledge and critical thinking.


Holocaust Interdisciplinary learning History Poetry Art Music 

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Authors and Affiliations

  • Graham Duffy
    • 1
  • Paula Cowan
    • 2
  1. 1.Bridge of Weir Primary SchoolRenfrewshireUK
  2. 2.University of the West of ScotlandAyrUK

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