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Topic is Britain since 1930... Book study to start... any suggestions?

Discussion in 'Primary' started by eggles, Aug 5, 2011.

  1. I would like to start in September with a book study unit. I was think Good Night Mr Tom as I've used this book in year 6 before and have thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Does anyone else have any ideas for this topic?
  2. I would like to start in September with a book study unit. I was think Good Night Mr Tom as I've used this book in year 6 before and have thoroughly enjoyed it.
    Does anyone else have any ideas for this topic?
  3. Swallows and Amazons

  4. Lara mfl 05

    Lara mfl 05 Star commenter

    Goodnight Mr Tom & Swallows and Amazons are both good suggestions. There's also Carrie's War, could dip into Enid Blyton Famous Five & Secret Seven to see what children read post war.
  5. Msz

    Msz Established commenter

  6. katielou83

    katielou83 New commenter

    Goodnight Mr Tom has to be the one - so lovely and there is so much out there to use. Great work can be done with the film too. What age group is it?
  7. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Could use any biography of significant people since?
  8. Not used it myself but know that colleagues have used 'The Boy in the Stripped Pyjama's
  9. Someone on here had a lesson plan for Goodnight, Mr Tom a while back if that's any use.
  10. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    'Britain since 1930'? That's 80 years - in how much detail are you meant to cover such a massive period of history?
    Should it be 'Britain in the 1930s'?
  11. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Fairly easily if you do an hour a week of dedicated history for a term (about 15 weeks worth). Plus do some of the writing in literacy lessons, to gain even more study time.

    We did it last year well enough.
  12. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    Seriously - is it on the NC? I'm secondary and a history teacher. It seems a gobsmackingly large period to me - what exactly did you cover?
  13. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    Dunno about the NC, but it is a QCA unit of work. Some schools skip the thirties entirely, do the forties as WW2 (like nothing else happened then!) and so start from the fifties. We had about an hour and a half each week, plus some literacy and some ICT lessons. Odd bits of art as well. So possibly more time than many schools can or will give.

    We did the main events of each decade each week one after the other for nine weeks. Each small group made a small figure who was born in 1930 and they looked at how his/her life would have been in each decade. So we covered events/housing/schools/healthcare/etc. Very much us teaching and children responding.

    We then let children choose an area to research and provided them with laptops and endless books each lesson. They chose things like motor cars, food, clothing, schools, toys, etc. They made a powerpoint showing how their chosen area had changed. Some added why things changed and a few added the impact of the changes.

    It is a whistle stop tour, but designed to give children a flavour of how Britain has changed since 1930 and why. It isn't a detailed study, the way you would (I should hope!) in secondary schools, but it does excite their interest in British history and does a lot to involve parents and grandparents in studying.
  14. Middlemarch

    Middlemarch Star commenter

    I've just had a look on the QCA site - my quibble (as always with the NC orders) is with the so-called experts who designed it. I can quite see how good primary teachers will make something of it, but it's far too big to make historical sense as a topic.
    Don't get me started on history in primary - the team who decided what should be taught were off their heads on something!
  15. minnieminx

    minnieminx New commenter

    LOL Geography, art, music, science and maths are no better! Literacy is made dull and boring. Total nonsense in terms of content and many activities, but a nice starting point for non-specialists.

    Ahhh well...Gove has dumped them all in the archive, well done him.
  16. jarndyce

    jarndyce Occasional commenter

    Goodnight Mr Tom is good but it's quite long. There's a nice example scheme of work for it (geared towards primary, I think, with lots of context related activities), somewhere online.

    With my Year 7s, I ran out of things to do and lost the will to live about two thirds of the way through. I let them keep the book for a couple of weeks to finish in their own time. If any of them asked "Sir, are we going to finish Goodnight Mr Tom?", they got a stern look...
  17. oldsomeman

    oldsomeman Star commenter

    i think i would find the book quite hard to use for a long period......often in primary we only have time to sample and to concentrate on this book is not an overall view of the 1930's.
    Often in primary they have no concept of many items and you might need to show and tell of many uses.......many kids today have not heard of mangles, coal firesm,shorts in school as uniform etc...........the film might help to show this better.
    If you really want to show life in the 30 then find stuff on youtube, or the series of work on Britain on camera being shown on BBC, or the work of the edwardians cinema graphic folk(cant think of name).What ot rambling and bike rides and the socal results of new work times and holidays......its vast......and that book wont cover one small amount of the knowledge base.
  18. nick909

    nick909 Star commenter

    I'd suggest not - it's based in Poland (Auschwitz to be specific), and is told from the point of view of the son of a high ranking SS officer. So, it's not really linked to the OP's topic of Britain Since The 1930s.
    It's also a very challenging book and requires a lot of time carefully discussing the themes (namely the Holocaust and death camps), and much of it is quite shocking and upsetting. The protagonist's limited understanding of what he sees is cleverly delineated so that the adult reading the story, with the benefit of knowing the context of the book, understands everything with mounting horror - this can be quite hard to get across to many children of Y5/6 age.
    You'd need to be very sure of a class before tackling it. I've only ever used it with one particularly mature Y6 class, and that was at the end of the school year, when I knew them well and felt they were ready for it. It was still an extremely difficult book to cover at that age.

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