Magical history tour

21st September 2001 at 01:00
At the height of Beatlemania in the mid-Sixties, no one could have imagined that the Fab Four would gain official status in the classroom. But Unit 20 of the optional history Schemes of Work shows Year 5 and 6 teachers how to use the story of John Lennon and the Beatles to raise the question: "What can we learn about recent history from studying the life of a famous person?" John Lennon is "an example of someone who made a significant impact on popular culture and entertainment, and whose life portrays some of the key social and cultural changes of the post-war period".

The Beatles offer a way in to learn about the transformation of Britain between the 1950s and the 1960s - and between then and now; to use vocabulary such as flower power, transistor radio, media, cause and effect; and to compare primary and secondary sources. The unit brings together music, design, fashion and politics.

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