Going to school in Victorian times: can pupils write a paragraph for a KS1 textbook using photographs alone? SMART TASK Y3-5

This activity puts pupils in the role as researchers for a new book on Victorian schools. They have been commissioned to write a book for key Stage 1 pupils. Therefore, it needs to be short  and interesting but also accurate. They must show evidence of cross-referencing and checking the sources.

To do this, a series of photographs of classrooms from approximately 100 years ago is displayed around the room as if an art gallery.  Pupils have to use just this information to come up with their special sentences.  For pupils who need more support a structured grid is provided.

When the pupils have completed their comparison of the photographs and come up with some provisional sentences, they are shown examples from two Key Stage 1 books.  Can they do better than this?

Following discussion pupils create their own page, using Desk-top publishing software and including a photographic image of their own choice which shows what they deem to be most typical.

Resources

 Pupil grid: What can we work out from the photographs 

  Going to school 100 years ago (4.14 MB)

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