Changes within Living Memory
A Day in the Life

Explore different aspects of everyday life, from domestic life, such as clothes and how to wash them, through to school life. Look at the impact of technology and differences related to changes in roles and tasks. Experience a school day as it would have been in the fifties.

Session 1 Domestic life: oral history questionnaire

Objectives

History

  • Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change.
  • Learn about changes in living memory.
  • Identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.

English

  • Say sentences out loud before writing them.
  • Re-read what is written to check that it makes sense.
  • Understand how to use a question mark.
  • Punctuate sentences using a question mark.

Teaching and Activities

Children think about what questions to ask grandparents and great-grandparents in order to elicit good historical information.

Teaching Outcomes
To make a timeline of domestic life from great-grandparents’ era to current time.
To compose questions for older people about domestic life and day-to-day roles when they were children.

Children will:

  • Sort photos of domestic activities and items into old and new and create a timeline.
  • Compose questions to ask parents, grandparents and great-grandparents about day-to-day life when they were a child.

Provided Resources

  • Images of domestic activities to order
  • ‘Hunt the question’ game cards
  • Question cards and activity cards

You Will Need

  • Coloured card to write questions on

Session 2 Day-to-day roles in the past

Objectives

History

  • Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change.
  • Learn about changes in living memory.
  • Identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.

English

  • Read aloud what is written with appropriate volume and intonation to make the meaning clear.
  • Say sentences out loud before writing them.
  • Re-read what is written to check that it makes sense.
  • Write a narrative based on fictional personal experience.

Teaching and Activities

Children interview parents, grandparents and great-grandparents about changes in tasks and roles in and around the house. Children then write diary entries.

Teaching Outcomes
To identify fashions and style trends from various eras.
To paint a portrait of a relative as a child or young adult.

Children will:

  • Organise a range of diary entries by era, according to the day-to-day roles and activities described in them.
  • Interview a great-grandparent, grandparent and parent in class about domestic activities when they were children, and the roles different members of their families had.
  • Write a diary entry about domestic roles from an historic era.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.

Session 3 What will I wear today? Clothes and styles from different eras: portraits

Objectives

History

  • Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change.
  • Learn about changes in living memory.
  • Identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.

Art and Design

  • Use drawing and painting to develop and share their experiences.
  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

Teaching and Activities

Children study clothes and hairstyles over the last fifty years and then paint a portrait of a relation.

Teaching Outcomes
To identify fashions and style trends from various eras.
To paint a portrait of a relative as a child or young adult.

Children will:

  • Identify trends and clothes from photographs of people from different eras.
  • Create a portrait of a parent, grandparent or great-grandparent, based on an old photograph.

Provided Resources

  • Photos and portraits of people from different eras
  • Face proportions
  • Images of fashions from different eras

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Session 4 Wash day collage

Objectives

History

  • Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change.
  • Learn about changes in living memory.
  • Identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.

Art and Design

  • Develop a wide range of art and design techniques in using colour, pattern, texture, line, shape, form and space.

Teaching and Activities

Children look at how ‘doing the washing and the washing-up’ has changed over time. They study advantages and disadvantages of modern methods and make a collage picture.

Teaching Outcomes
Organise, and order chronologically, images of washing equipment.
Identify the methods used to wash clothes, dishes and people in different eras.
Create a collage using cut up images.

Children will:

  • Identify methods of washing clothes, dishes and people past and present.
  • Explore collage techniques and abstract art to create a collage using images of domestic technology past and present.

Provided Resources

  • Images for cutting up
  • Images of washing equipment
  • Examples of collage

You Will Need

  • Paper for collage

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.

Session 5 Domestic machine detective: past and present

Objectives

History

  • Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change.
  • Learn about changes in living memory.
  • Identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.

Design and Technology

  • Design purposeful, functional, appealing products for themselves and other users based on design criteria.
  • Generate, develop, model and communicate their ideas through talking, drawing, templates, mock-ups and, where appropriate, information and communication technology.

Teaching and Activities

Children look at differences in domestic machine technologies over time, and then invent an alarm clock for the future.

Teaching Outcomes
To investigate, and order chronologically, images of technology from different eras.
To design an alarm clock of the future.

Children will:

  • Complete a detective challenge placing images and descriptions of machines in the correct order.
  • Design an alarm clock of the future after exploring techniques for waking up in the past.

Provided Resources

  • Images of machines from different eras
  • Alarm clocks over the past 100 years
  • Images of cutting edge/possible future alarm clocks

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.

Session 6 School life in the past: art lessons

Objectives

History

  • Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change.
  • Learn about changes in living memory.
  • Identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.

Art and Design

  • Use painting to develop and share their ideas, experiences and imagination.

Teaching and Activities

Studying photographs of schools, classrooms and pupils from the 1940s onwards, children re-create an art lesson from the 1950s. What would granny have thought?

Teaching Outcomes
To investigate, and order chronologically, images of schools and classrooms from different eras.
To create a painting using art materials from the 1940s.

Children will:

  • Explore images and accounts of school life in the past and create a timeline
  • Experiment with art materials used in schools in the past

Provided Resources

  • Images of current classrooms, schools and equipment
  • Images of classrooms across the 20th and 21st centuries
  • Images of art lessons in the 1940s

You Will Need

  • Powder paint
  • Poor quality paper
  • Glass jars and paint brushes

Session 7 School life in the past: 1950s school day

Objectives

History

  • Understand historical concepts such as continuity and change.
  • Learn about changes in living memory.
  • Identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods.

English & Drama

  • Participate in role play
  • Say sentences out loud before writing them.
  • Use words to connect clauses in sentences.
  • Re-read what is written to check that it makes sense.
  • Write a narrative based on fictional personal experience.

Teaching and Activities

Give children a 1950’s school day or morning! Boys and girls are segregated, they are doing different tasks and there is NO talking!

Teaching Outcomes
To talk about the key features of day-to-day life in the 1950s.
To write a piece of ‘news’ as a 1950s child.

Children will:

  • Recall key features of day-to-day life in the 1950s.
  • Role play a school day (or morning) as it would have been in the 1950s.
  • Write a simple ‘news’ entry in role as a child of the 1950s.

Provided Resources

  • Images of school life in 1950s
  • Sample diary entries from the 1950s

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.