Session 6: What happened after the London bombings? Can we apply Miriam’s story to our own lives?

History (Ages 11-14)
Session 6: What happened after the London bombings? Can we apply Miriam’s story to our own lives?

The structure of this session is very flexible.  You may wish the students to share the outcomes of Session Five’s Homework task with each other or you may wish to set this lesson aside for the outcome to be completed.  The piloting of the module has demonstrated the fantastic response of pupils to the tasks, whichever option they select, and it would be a shame not to allow the sharing of this during a lesson as a fitting way to conclude.

Towards the end of the lesson, it would be appropriate and powerful to re-show the four-part “Miriam’s Story” video package before discussing what the students feel have been the most significant consequences of 7/7.

If you would like to use this final lesson to apply the learning from the module to students’ own lives, here are some further suggestions.   Although these ideas take the final lesson in a direction more typical of PSHE lessons, you are recommended to consider the ideas below and to try them out if you feel comfortable in doing so.

Focus question: Can we apply Miriam’s story to our own lives?

Return to the purpose of the “Miriam’s Vision” resource.  Although there have been positive outcomes to 7/7, it was a painful and avoidable event.  Reiterate that “Miriam’s Vision: A Response to the 2005 London Bombings” is the Hyman family’s way of contributing towards a safer, more inclusive society.

How can this history module help to do that?  (By learning what happened on 7/7 and understanding its far-reaching consequences, by understanding that people have the choice to influence consequences constructively, by applying lessons learned to future personal and wider situations, etc.)

Students can share personal experiences or knowledge of negative events that have had positive consequences, or that could have had more positive consequences, and how.  This provides opportunities for students to relate the contents of this module to their personal histories and their own lives.  Based on our piloting, sharing in (non-friendship) pairs can sometimes have surprisingly personal outcomes, and as a whole class students may inspire each other.  Be aware, however, of potential sensitivities amongst any children who may have experienced deep traumas in their lives.

End by discussing: Has anything inspired you during this module? What? How?

Please allow 10 minutes at the end of the session for students to complete the Student Survey. Please collect the surveys at the end and submit them by post to the MHMT. Thank you.