Houses And Homes (Old Curriculum - Please note that this Topic will be phased out in December 2017)

Houses then and now (Old Curriculum)

This topic is based on children's own experience. Looking at homes in their locality, exploring the influences of time, climate and environment. They compare housing around the world and in other times including the Iron Age. Science includes a creature homes study.

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This Topic was written for the old National Curriculum of England.  We have left it on the website so that teachers unconstrained by the new National Curriculum can continue to access this material.  Teachers in England would have to adapt this Topic to the new curriculum or use some of the new Topics available on the website. 

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01: Inside our homes - now and then

Children think about houses they know well and identify different rooms. They consider the purpose of each room and discuss the household items / furniture to be fund in them. Children sort and display information in categories.

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02: Planning and designing a room

Children consider some differences between bedrooms then and now. They discuss furniture, then look at some room plans – bird’s eye view – and how to design a plan. Children draw a for the shoebox room they will make in later sessions.

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03: Make wallpaper, design a room

Children continue to plan their own shoe-box room, thinking about interior decorations. They consider different patterned wallpapers and then work at designing their own wallpaper patterns for their shoebox rooms.

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04: Design/make a shoebox room

Children continue the work on their shoe-box room by creating the actual room. They base their layout on their plan from session 2, and then they make and decorate the interior of their room. They can also create furniture.

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05: Poem - houses

Children share the poem Houses, which describes many different types of houses which children then consider and discuss. The teaching concentrates on initial sounds and alliteration, as children write their own version of the poem.

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06: Comparing new and old local houses

Children look at differences in architecture between old and new houses. They go on an outing round the locality and look at the ages of different houses, asking how we can tell if they are old or new. They sketch houses seen.

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07: Homes - rich and poor in the past

Children consider what it was like to live in the past in a house in our locality. They discuss what people need in order to stay healthy, for example clean water and warmth. Children handle historical domestic artefacts and discuss their purpose.

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08: Day in the life of a poor child in 1900

Children are told an oral story which describes a day in the life of Rosie, a Victorian working class girl living in a poor area. Children compare her life with their lives, especially in relation to domestic artefacts and living conditions.

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09: How artists see homes – Klee

Children compare different paintings/sculptures of buildings and concentrate on shapes and patterns, as well as on the difference between warm and cold colours. Children make a Klee-type painting using either cold or warm colours.

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10: Day in the life of a rich child in 1900

Following work on how artists see homes, children look at pictures of large old houses. They hear about the life of a rich Victorian girl, think of role play questions and list which elements of her life they would/would not enjoy.

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11: Living in the Iron Age

Starts a raft of work on the Iron Age, its roundhouses and life within them. Children learn how archaeologists fit clues together to find out how people lived and they apply similar detective work to a variety of objects.

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12: Introduction to chronology - Iron Age on a timeline

Following the introduction to the Iron age, children are shown a variety of timelines and how to read and interpret them. Children reinforce the concept of a timeline by making their own timeline of their lives.

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13: Build an Iron Age roundhouse 1

Continuing the work on Iron Age dwellings, children look at a BBC animation of the construction of a roundhouse, concentrating on the order in which the materials are added. Children write labels and captions for a roundhouse.

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14: Build an Iron Age roundhouse 2

Following their study of Iron Age roundhouses, children are shown how to construct their own roundhouse. They use design and technology skills to plan and then construct their own roundhouse following the BBC site plan.

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15: Diary of an Iron Age child

Children hear an oral story outlining a day in the life of an Iron Age boy and discuss similarities and differences between life then and now. Children make a story book of his day.

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16: Cave painting – replicating this

Children are told the story of the boy who found the Lascaux caves and they then look at the amazing cave paintings. Children design and create their own ‘cave painting’ on to a clay slab.