What impact did the railways have on Britain 1840 - 1900?
These outstanding resources look at a key turning point in both British history and World History. They have been tried, tested and adapted over the past 25 years. They are fully interactive and designed to promote debate, discussion and opportunities for assessment.

The aims and objectives are:

Theme: The Transport Revolution 1750 - 1900
Know: What changes took place as a result of the railways?
Understand: What economic, political, social and environmental changes took place?
Evaluate: Which changes were the most significant?

WILF - What Am I Looking For?
Identify & Describe: The changes that took place as a result of the railways 1840 - 1900?
Explain: The impact of the railways on the economy, society, environment and politics in Britain?
Analyse: which changes were the most significant?
Synthesis: Analyse & Explain how the changes were interconnected?

The PowerPoint includes ten activities which can be customised for your students, including the card sort activity that I have also included in this package. In addition, the PP includes 15 information slides that are linked to the activities.

Activity 1 is a simple snowing balling starter using the key words. Activity 2 is an alternative starter centered around two images of the ancient world and a picture of the building of the railways and asks which one required the greatest achievement using muscle power alone? Activity 3 is designed around some map work looking at the impact of the railways on the environment and landscape. Activity 4, is focused around the economic impact of the railways and the jobs they created in other industries. Activities 5 and 6 are numeracy tasks that get students to calculate how much businessmen could save transporting goods by railways in todays money - all calculations / answers are included. Activity 7, looks at the impact of the railways had on literature and culture. The rest of the PP includes the card sort activity and as well as the extended writing and pupil mark scheme, which could be used for peer assessment if you wish.

As with all my resources they are designed to engage and provide students with steps to access the higher grades. This is reflected in the prompts that have included both in the card sort and the extended writing task / essay for their assessment.

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Created: Dec 28, 2016

Updated: Feb 18, 2019


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