Lessons - Britain since the 1930s

The Nuffield Primary History project developed a range of approaches and techniques for doing history with children, between and 1991 and 2009. The resources produced by the project are all real lessons which have been taught by real teachers. They include guidance on teaching and examples of children's work. Many of the lessons have been developed by teachers as part of their continuing professional development. A narrative style was used to describe the lesson and what happened. Read more

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  • Take one day: undertaking an in-depth local enquiry

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    Local history units of study provide teachers with valuable opportunities, but these can also seem daunting. Potential challenges for teachers include the perceived overwhelming scope of the topic, difficulties in developing subject knowledge and knowing where to find resources. However, none of these is insurmountable, if teachers identify a clear...

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  • Scheme of Work: The Blitz: all we need to know about World War II?

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    This unit provides children with the opportunity to look at the Second World War as an aspect of British history that extends pupils’ chronological knowledge beyond 1066. This 8-part enquiry is useable in full or to use sections of as stand alone shorter enquiries. Pupils will be encouraged to examine different...

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  • Changes within Living Memory

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    This resource is free to everyone. For access to hundreds of other high-quality resources by primary history experts along with free or discounted CPD and membership of a thriving community of teachers and subject leaders, join the Historical Association today Overview  Post-1930s Britain has been transformed by a technological revolution...

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  • World War II medals at KS2 and Remembrance Day

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    Where World War 2 took placeI wanted the year 5 children to understand World War II in a wider context than just the Home Front in Britain. After reading the lesson on

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  • Children in the Second World War

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    This resource is free to everyone. For access to hundreds of other high-quality resources by primary history experts along with free or discounted CPD and membership of a thriving community of teachers and subject leaders, join the Historical Association today These lessons with Year 6 children at a voluntary-aided primary...

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  • Evacuees: Children during World War II

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    This resource is free to everyone. For access to hundreds of other high-quality resources by primary history experts along with free or discounted CPD and membership of a thriving community of teachers and subject leaders, join the Historical Association today This was a series of three lessons completed in the...

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  • Jarrow Crusade

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    1930s Depression: a case study Bringing this decade of economic depression and hardship to life for the children, using the story of the 1936 Jarrow march. (These resources are attached below) As an introduction to the 1930s the class had already watched the How We Used to Live video. The...

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  • Propaganda and its power

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    My Year 6 class were studying Britain since 1930. I wanted the class to understand the power of propaganda, and of how convincing it could be. The values that underpin democracy were at the heart of the lessons featuring a fictional politician with controversial views, Mr Busterbank. There was throughout...

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  • Magdalen Road

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    We focused on changes in one local set of shops (in Magdalen Road) and looked at the impact of the World War II Exeter blitz on the area. The topic was a local study incorporating history and geography, developing children's historical understanding. To develop as fully as possible the children's...

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  • Detectives: what were schools like in the past?

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    In this lesson we asked what clues (objects and pictures) can tell us about the past. How were schools in the past different from ours? (Resources attached below.) The objectives were: To introduce the children to the idea of history as detective work. To help the children to make comparisons...

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