Changes within Living Memory
Introduction to Changes in Living Memory

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!

Session 1 This is what WE do!

Objectives

English

  • Read and spell the days of the week.
  • Write sentences, beginning to punctuate using capital letters and full stops.
  • Use a capital letter for personal pronoun ‘I’, names of people, places and the days of the week.
  • Write narrative about personal experiences.

History

  • Develop an awareness of the past, use common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.
  • Begin to understand chronological framework.
  • Changes within living memory and the ways in which we can find out about these changes.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes
To read a mysterious message and write in sentences using correct punctuation to respond to message.
To create a time line to represent one day and so become aware of how time passes, morning to afternoon to evening to night time.

Children will:

  • Write captions or short narratives using capital letters correctly.
  • Learn the three uses of capital letters.
  • Read the days of the week.
  • Become aware of the passing of time, daily and weekly.

You Will Need

  • Timeline
  • Poster displaying days of the week
  • Poster displaying capital letters
  • Flash cards of morning, afternoon, evening and night-time

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.

Session 2 What did our parents do?

Objectives

English

  • Use discussion in order to learn and become competent in the arts of speaking and listening.
  • Speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using standard English.
  • Justify their ideas with reasons.
  • Ask questions to check understanding.

History

  • Develop an awareness of the past, use common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.
  • Begin to understand chronological framework.
  • Develop a curiosity about changes within living memory and the ways in which we can find out about these changes.

Teaching and Activities

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’.

Teaching Outcomes
To participate actively in a class discussion to set the scene for the topic.
To enable children to participate actively in a class discussion (see above) to stimulate curiosity about their parents’ and grandparents’ childhoods and so motivate enquiry and research.

Children will:

  • Join in the discussion, explaining their ideas clearly, some justifying their ideas with reasons.
  • Use vocabularly to express the passing of time, such as ‘in those days’, ‘in the past’ ‘when they were little’.
  • Feel motivated to discover more about the past.

You Will Need

You do not need any particular resources for this session.

Weblinks

There are no weblinks needed for this session.

Session 3 PEEPO!

Objectives

English

  • Use discussion in order to learn and become competent in the arts of speaking and listening.
  • Speak clearly and convey ideas confidently using standard English.
  • Justify their ideas with reasons.
  • Ask questions to check understanding.

History

  • Develop an awareness of the past, use common words and phrases relating to the passing of time.
  • Begin to understand chronological framework.
  • Develop a curiosity about changes within living memory and the ways in which we can find out about these changes.
  • Identify similarities and differences between ways of life in different periods of time.

Teaching and Activities

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.

Teaching Outcomes
To discuss if the future will see change, or remain the same as now.
To use ‘PEEPO!’ to identify how things have changed and what has stayed the same.

Children will:

  • Join in the discussion, explaining their ideas clearly, some justifying their ideas with reasons.
  • Find 3 similarities and 3 differences to compare and contrast then and now.
  • Think about possible changes in the future.

Provided Resources

This session does not need any provided resources.

You Will Need

  • PEEPO! by Janet and Allan Ahlberg
  • Colour copy of one page from PEEPO! and pre-formed table for each child
  • Timeline demarcated with years, in decades 1940 – 2030
  • Table with 2 columns, ‘similarities’ and ‘differences’
  • Time capsule