Teachers' notes and linked resources

This resource is one of a series entitled 'Back to the 50s' intended to develop pupils' understanding of life in the 1950s using resources on the Yorkshire region. Other resources in the series include:

- Work

- Entertainment and Hobbies

- Food

- Fashion

The resource includes film footage from the Yorkshire Film Archive, images, worksheets, activity ideas, pupil's responses and a quiz.

Curriculum links

KS2 Citizenship - Transition - Community; Living in a diverse world - Culture 

KS2 English - Non-fiction texts - First person reports; Speaking and Listening - Group discussion

KS2 History - Life in Britain Since 1930 - Home Life; Local Study - Life in the Past

Aim of the resource:

To help pupils discover the contrasting living conditions between 1950s and modern Britain.

Learning objectives:

Knowledge of life in the 1950s and activities people enjoyed

Understanding of the differences between modern and post-war Britain  

Skills to draw on primary resources to learn about the past

Case study: 

Over a period of six weeks, Yorkshire Film Archive and Leeds Industrial Museum worked with pupils from St Bart's 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.

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Young man tuning in the radio at home during the 1950's