Washday and toys

Outstanding KS1 history lessons on Washday and Toys in  the past.

Washday is one of the best topics there is for young infants. Whether you teach it as a stand alone topic or as part of a broader theme of homes, you will find that it excites the children and gives them plenty of hands-on experience. Artefacts are cheap and easily obtainable and there are clear modern comparisons to help consolidate the idea of then and now. Pupils’ ability to sequence will be strengthened by excellent lessons such as helping the Hopeless Mr Lather. Pupils of all abilities love the topic and many children with profound special needs respond very well. Many are fascinated as much by the language of dolly or posser, as by the ability to actually do some ‘old fashioned’ washing.

The topic on TOYS was completely revised in  June 2020 with its rationale, own planner and set of new enquiry questions:

There is also a great assessment task to diagnose whether the pupils have grasped the slippery concept of ‘old and new’.

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