Section 5. Which written sources can we use?
Children should learn:
- to find out about the local area in the past from different written sources
- that different kinds of written sources provide different information about the local area
Use part of a census form to find out about ONE local family in a particular house, their names, ages and jobs. Encourage the children to make deductions about the family structure, their lifestyle, home, where they went to work, school or shop.
Help the children to identify differences in a shopping street in the past by using extracts from a trade directory. Ask the children questions, eg What shops/businesses were here? Who worked here? What could be bought here?
Choose an event from a school log book to provide background information for the children to write their own account of the incident, eg from an eyewitness or participant’s point of view.
Use inventory lists to help the children see what possessions people in the past owned and kept in certain rooms of a house. Discuss the contents of a particular room for which details are available and compare with the modern equivalent in the children’s homes. Children could use ICT to sort information and present it on a database.
- demonstrate knowledge about the way of life of people who lived in the area in the past, orally or in writing
- make comparisons between lifestyles today and in the past