Changes within Living Memory

Block C - Transport

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!

Examine different forms of transport.  Understand how transport has changed over time, and begin to develop a chronology of automobiles, trains and space travel. Go on a trip to a museum or on a rail, canal boat or ferry ride. Explore the history of space travel and significant events.

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: Introduction to transport

Children name and describe different types of transport and begin to understand transport was different when their parents, grandparents and great-grandparents were little.
They create a wheel and understand the importance of its invention.

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02: Wheel printing

Children use toy vehicles to identify the features of ‘modern’ and ‘old fashioned’ cars. They then create artwork using printing with toy vehicles. Children recognise the name Jackson Pollock as a famous artist.

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03: History of cars

Children explore the story of the automobile, looking at how the internal combustion engine was invented and how the car developed over time. Children produce a timeline of cars over 100 years.

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04: How wheels work - design a car

How axels and wheels work is described and demonstrated. Children use their new understanding to help them design their own cars which they will make in the next session.

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05: Make a car

Children understand how wheels work by turning on an axel and use this knowledge to make a car with turning wheels. Children evaluate their designs.

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06: Transport trip (day out)

Children are taken on a trip to a transport museum or on a ride on an old train or canal boat or ferry or…. They are thus able to experience directly older forms of transport. They relate what they see and do to their own experiences of transport now.

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07: Space travel

Children learn about space travel and appreciate the significance of space exploration in recent history. They begin to recognise a chronology and then go on to design a rocket/space station, working collaboratively.

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08: Moon landings

Using footage of moon landing and images of the earth from space, children understand this significant historical event. They read Mark Haddon’s Sea of Tranquillity and are able to date the event. They now build their own space station or rocket in the classroom, using their own designs.

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09: The Solar System

Children look at actual pictures of Mars and begin to understand that space exploration is an on-going as well as a historical undertaking. They learn about the solar system and produce a drawing, then learn the names of the planets in order.