Changes within Living Memory

Block A - Introduction to Changes in Living Memory

Be introduced to historical concepts, vocabulary and representations through exploring the ways in which life has changed over the time of our parents, grandparents and great-grandparents.  Develop a chronology of domestic life, clothes, transport, communication methods, toys and books, food and music.  Experience a school day as it would have been in the 1950s and create Acoustic Telephones. Cook up a food festival and create a museum in the classroom!

Think about the rituals and routines of contemporary lives. Contrast these with those of parents and grandparents, prompted by the questions of ‘Little Mouse’ who lives in the corner of the classroom!

This Topic is written for Key Stage 1. If you want to use this Topic for a different Key Stage, you will need to consider how to adapt the outcomes, content, delivery methods, resources and differentiation, as well as the relevant National Curriculum objectives.

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01: This is what WE do!

Children think about what they do when they leave school at the end of the day. They create pictures and write captions to represent their lives today and start a timeline to represent a typical day.

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02: What did our parents do?

Children discuss and write down what they think their parents did at the end of their school day and how this is similar or different to today’s children. Children can be introduced to ‘Travelling Ted’*.

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03: PEEPO!

Children read ‘Peepo!’ by Janet and Allan Ahlberg and compare and contrast similarities and differences between then and now. Children then create a time capsule using their pictures and writing from Session 1 for future generations.