History - Immigration in a new light

24th June 2011 at 01:00

What the lesson is about

This collection looks at how people have moved and settled in the United Kingdom and beyond.

How to use it

A useful introduction to immigration and emigration has been uploaded by PJ Taylor, which looks at the push and pull factors affecting people's decisions to move to a new location.

Another resource looks at immigration into London over the centuries and how that reflects the wider history of movement and settlement (Emily Thomas).

Chulmleigh Community College has uploaded a scheme of work on this topic, looking at questions from "How many settlers have come from other lands after 1066?" to "What is Britishness?" and "Has immigration become a problem?"

To incorporate effective essay writing into this topic, annajordan has created an activity using the North American Indians' war against the white settlers. Pupils have to sort the essay parts into introductions, appropriate paragraphs and conclusions.

There are several resources on the Pilgrim Fathers. S Reed has compiled a useful introduction to the journey of the Pilgrim Fathers, which includes a cut-away plan of the Mayflower and the origins of Thanksgiving.

For pupils with behavioural difficulties, streetno9 has put together a straightforward resource on the first English settlers to conquer America, which will also prove helpful when working with pupils with dyslexia.

There are also a number of activities looking at reasons behind emigration, in particular a lesson plan on the evacuation to Canada during the Second World War, supplied by the National Archives.

Where to find it


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