Jewish Emigration to Britain

Teachers' notes, activities and linked resources

Curriculum links:

KS2-3 Citizenship – Promoting fundamental British values as part of SMSC 
KS2 History – Local History Study; Extending chronological knowledge beyond 1066 
KS3 History – Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901 to present; social, cultural and technological change in post-war British society 
KS2-3 Literacy - Writing for different audiences

Aim of resource: 

To explore the history of the Jewish community in Hull 

Learning objectives:

Knowledge of the Jewish community in Hull 
Understanding of social and cultural change within a local context
Skills to interpret and analyse historical change over time

Discussion ideas:

  • What issues do you think new Jewish immigrants might have experienced after arriving in the UK?
  • What challenges might they have faced?
  • Why was Hull such a busy port during the eighteenth and nineteenth century?
  • Why do you think relatively few people chose to stay in Hull?
  • In what ways was Jack Symons important to Hull and the Jewish community?

Activity ideas:

  • Citizenship/History  – Debate using evidence

    Split the class into groups and ask them to consider both the positive and negative views new Jewish immigrants and people from Hull might have had about each other. Create two lists of prejudices each group might have had and positive benefits from the Jewish and other new communities settling in the city.  
    Each group should then swap their list with another group and find evidence, using this resource and wider historical sources, to counter others groups’ arguments and to try to prove their own. They can stick post-it notes on to each point briefly covering their argument, then swap back and counter-argue. The class can then vote for the group whose arguments they find the most convincing.
  • Creative writing:

    Using this resource and online research as inspiration, pupils could create a piece of writing based on the experiences of a Jewish immigrant arriving in Victorian Hull. Pupils might write a script, a poem, short story, or even a series of Facebook status updates.

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