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Stolen History (KS2/3)

by Sathnam Sanghera

An accessible, engaging and essential introduction to the British empire for readers aged 9+, by bestselling author of Empireland, Sathnam Sanghera.

You've probably heard the word 'empire' before. Perhaps because of the Roman empire. Or maybe even the Star Wars films.

But what about the British Empire? Why don't we learn much about this? And what even is an empire, anyway?

This book will answer all the important questions about Britain's imperial history. It will explore how Britain's empire once made it the most powerful nation on earth, and how it still affects our lives in many ways today - from the words we use, to the food we eat, the sports we play and even to every grown-up's fixation with a good cup of tea.

Because how can we ever make the world a kinder, better place for the future, if we don't know the truth about the past?

Sunday Times Book of the Week

'Something that really comes across in the book is Sanghera's faith in young people...to form their own judgements about the British Empire.'

The Bookseller

'Stolen History is the perfect book for every school. All our young people need to know the truth about the British Empire. This book is accessible, expertly written and hugely important.'

Jasbinder Bilan - Award Winning Children’s Author


Age: Key Stage 2/3 (middle grade)

Subject: English Language & Literature

Non-fiction Text: Stolen History

These resource activity packs give KS2-3 students opportunities to engage with non-fiction text all about Britain's former empire. Students will be encouraged to explore ideas around culture, identity and belonging, and build their comprehension skills. There are activities for reading, speaking, analysis and comprehension.

The activities in the resource pack are designed to be used alongside the videos of Sathnam Sanghera which give additional context about the subjects discussed in the book. There are downloadable worksheets and PowerPoint activities.

What's included in the resource packs?

- Sathnam Sanghera interview video and explainer video (see below)

- Activity PowerPoint

- Additional activity PowerPoint

- Activity worksheets PDF

How to use the pack

- Review all videos below

- Download resource pack which includes the activity PowerPoints and activity worksheets

- Take students through activities using the videos and worksheets to support corresponding tasks

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Stolen History resource pack

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