Industrial Britain

Industrial Britain 1750-1900: KS3 outstanding lessons

We all know that this is a vast topic and one that some colleagues have difficulty with  motivating some students. You will find very little on the Four Field crop rotation here, or mules and Spinning Jennies, but there are a number of really good enquiries on life in Industrial Britain. Now that pupils coming from KS2 no longer have to study Victorian Britain, thanks to Gove’s revisions of the NC for 2014,there is an argument for giving coverage of the Industrial Revolution, its significance and consequences even more status.

The outstanding lessons that follow are all enquiry-led and each focus on one of the main second-order concepts such as change and continuity in the case of Did the Factory Act really make much difference?

The third enquiry into the high infant death rate in Bradford involves pupils in a history mystery: if the death rate for adults dropped why did very young infants continue to die in such large numbers? A similar questioning style is used to explain the conundrum of people leaving the countryside in droves (where life expectancy was 38), to work and live in Manchester where life expectancy in 1842 was about 18!

Court of King Cholera: Where am I in the picture?

This activity works in two ways; it activates pupils’ prior knowledge in a fun way and raises questions about conditions at the time the chosen image, A Court for King Cholera was produced, i.e. September 1852. Students work in pairs.  They are each given a copy...
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Teaching Industrial Britain to Key Stage 3

We all know that this is a vast topic and one that some colleagues have difficulty with in motivating some students.  You will find very little on the Four Field crop rotation here, or mules and Spinning Jennies, but there are a number of really...
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What’s the truth behind the Suffragette derby of 1913?

This lesson is always popular. By adding newsreel footage and facsimile artefacts to the usual array of photographs and documentary sources, this lesson aims to capitalise on pupils' innate interest in the event.  They are encouraged to carry out an evidence-based enquiry in which they...
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The Peterloo enquiry; who was to blame?

The 'Peterloo massacre' was one of the defining events of its age. You could almost draw parallels with Amritsar, Sharpeville and Soweto.  This enquiry spans three lessons during which pupils look at the reasons for the march, and the conflicting accounts of the events of...
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