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Food in the 1950s


Over a period of 6 weeks, Yorkshire Film Archive and Leeds Industrial Museum worked with pupils from St. Barts Primary School in Armley to investigate how the people of Leeds would have lived in the 1950s. During the workshops the children used original documents, photos, film resources and interviews to discover the similarities and differences between life in the 1950s and the present day.


This learning journey is designed to provide resources for you to use in the classroom to support history, literacy and citizenship education. It can also be used to develop pupil's understanding of local history in the Yorkshire Region during the 1950s. Included in this learning journey are film footage from the Yorkshire Film Archive, images, worksheets, activity ideas, pupil's responses and a quiz.


This learning journey is one in a series titled 'Back to the 50s' and can be used to look at food in the 1950s. Other learning journeys in the series include; Work, Family Life, Hobbies and Entertainment and Fashion.


Kay Stage 2 Curriculum Links

This learning journey can be used as a resource to help meet the following learning objectives. Some objectives are addressed directly through activities, others can be addressed by using the materials as a resource or case study.



1a, 2e, 4b, 4f and 5f.


1a, 2a, 2c, 4a, 4b, 5c, 7 and 11b.


1e, 2b, 2c, 2e, 3a, 3b, 8b, 9a, 9b, 9c, 10a and 10c.


Inspiring Learning For All - Learning Outcomes


Attitiudes, Values, Knowledge and Understanding

Through investigating the resources, children will have a greater understanding of how life was in the 1950's. They will be able to appreciate how and why events happened and understand the attidues and feelings of those in the 1950's.



Children will know how to use primary resources to learn about the past.


Enjoyment, Inspiration and Creativity

Both teachers and pupils will enjoy and be inspired by the resources. They will gain knowledge of the application of museums and Yorkshire Film Archive collections to the Citizenship curriculum.

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