Homes in the Past – ideal for years 1 & 2
- To provide support for schools studying the QCA Unit 2: “What were homes like a long time ago?”
- To provide an opportunity for children at KS1 to explore history through primary evidence.
- To provide an opportunity for the development of cross-curricula links.
- To encourage the interpretation of a variety of historical material.
- To provide an opportunity for KS1 children to develop and use appropriate vocabulary.
- To provide an opportunity for a local study of homes in the past.
- To promote the Cotswold Museum Service’s collections and education resources.
Structure of the Session in 4 groups: on rotation
- Introductory Talk (10 mins)
A look at homes in the past.
- Mystery Objects (10 mins)
Examining a range of genuine objects, from homes in the past, children will try to discover what the objects were used for.
- Children’s Jobs (10 mins) The children will try their hand at a number of household jobs that traditionally would have been undertaken by children in homes in the past.
- Timeline (10 mins) The children will look at a variety of objects and try to arrange them into the correct date order.
- Where in the home? (10 mins)
Using a number of objects from homes in the past the children will try and work out which rooms in the house the objects belong to.
- Plenary (10 mins)
A summary of what the children have learnt.
- To show an understanding of the differences between homes now and in the past.
- To recognise objects from the past.
- To demonstrate an awareness of how the objects were used and what rooms they belonged to.
- To show an understanding of associated words and phrases.
In addition to the primary focus of history, all the activities provide cross-curricula links. These include: Literacy, numeracy, design and technology, PSHE, art and geography.