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Lesson plan and outcomes

The idea of the project is to research, film and create a PowerPoint presentation about Britain since 1948 through digital video clips. Children interview parents, grandparents, friends and staff about life during this period.

Curriculum learning objectives and ICT resources used to achieve this:

* To recognise and form open and closed questions

Discuss the difference between open and closed questions. Write and say a selection of closed questions for the children to change to open questions on their whiteboards.

* To listen carefully and ask questions that are responsive to the views of others Discuss the types of questions children will ask the people they interview.

Open or closed? Why?

Will they plan them completely? Do they need to be aware of changing questions to adapt to their interviewee?

What are the rules for a good interview? Create a checklist of types of questions and ways of showing someone you are listening to what they are saying.

In groups of four, children create a list of starter questions that relate to a particular aspect (home, school, holidays, technology, transport, work) of Britain since 1948.

They need to be applicable to life in 1950 or 1990. In pairs, pupils interview each other about their area of interest in 2003 using sound recorder or audio rack on Windows 98 laptops to record their interview. The children can save or discard interviews as appropriate, trying again if necessary

* To learn about changes that have occurred in Britain since 1948 and reasons for these changes

* To compare sources of information for the study of the past When they are not practising their interview technique, the children work in pairs listening to selected oral history accounts related to their area of focus on the BBC History website.

To finish, a selection of the interviews are listened to and discussed as a class, particularly noting where children have obviously listened to answers and adjusted their next question as appropriate.

As a class, discuss how filming an interview may be different from just a sound recorded interview. An interview is set up with the class making decisions on camera location and position of interviewer and interviewee.

The children watch the video on iMovie considering which aspects worked and which needed to be changed.

Jacqui Sinkins

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