The pack provides material for a unit of work in its own right or an historical dimension to ongoing Citizenship/PSHE work. It is intended to give children the opportunity to examine, question and draw tentative conclusions of their own from a range of historical sources, mostly pictorial. These are accompanied by stories assembled from written sources and some oral history.
Children will develop chronological skills and learn simple techniques for examining historical documents carefully. Ideas of change and continuity will be explored through comparisons between eras and with health practice today. Children will be encouraged to engage imaginatively and creatively with the historical material, form their own ideas and justify these. There are also opportunities to collect oral histories from older relatives and friends.
Each activity is introduced with background notes for teachers. It is up to their professional judgment how much of this they share with children, but it should give enough information to answer questions or to start further inquiries. The activities are suggestions only. The most important elements of this pack are the source material and the opportunity for children to investigate this, become fascinated and discuss their own ideas. The language levels required vary greatly. Most of the activities can be based on visual material alone with the teacher providing factual information or narratives in ways appropriate to their classes.
The nature of this area of history means that some of the material is rather disturbing. The terms used in the past to describe the poor and particularly the mentally ill are, to our minds unsympathetic and downright cruel. This is valuable discussion to be had with children. Most activities have a contemporary dimension to enable children to see that health care for children has improved enormously in the developed world. Care should of course be taken not to cause anxiety or fear.
The pack falls broadly into two parts with slightly different approaches:
Part 1: Going to hospital, focuses on institutional care largely in the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Four case study stories are presented about four different hospitals, The Foundling Hospital, Colney Hatch Lunatic Asylum, Normansfield, a private institution to care for people with mental and physical disabilities, and hospital ships that quarantined smallpox sufferers. This section ends with an investigation into the benefits of fresh air and open-air schools.
Part 2: The doctor comes to school – and the nurse and the dentist, looks at the rise of school and community based health care in the twentieth century. These investigations are largely picture based and encourage the use of oral history to gather the experiences of the older people that the children know. This should make the experience of historical investigation more immediate, more personal and essentially more democratic i.e. ‘history is about me and is done by me!’
An educational pack aimed to KS3 students based on archival documents held at the London Metropolitan Archives. It includes information and activities on:
How English came to be the language of the UK
The Guildhall Scribes
The art of writing and illuminating
Special English Letters
This education session is designed to explore and celebrate the work of Joseph Bazalgette, arguably the most significant engineer of the nineteenth century and certainly the engineer who has had most impact on the lives of Londoners up to the present day.
There are different enquiries and extension activities, using a wide range of historical sources and featuring creative responses, citizenship considerations, brief historical backgrounds and primary sources. The structure of each enquiry is only a suggestion with sufficient flexibility to enable teachers to adjust them to suit their own learning outcomes. The pack can support any investigation of nineteenth century urban life, as it covers such broad themes as civic government, planning, health and engineering. Please contact us for more information and available dates.
ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901
a study of a significant society or issue in world history and its interconnections with other world developments
the roles played by public institutions and voluntary groups in society, and the ways in which citizens work together to improve their communities, including opportunities to participate in school-based activities
the different ways in which a citizen can contribute to the improvement of their community, to include the opportunity to participate actively in community volunteering, as well as other forms of responsible activity
Human and physical geography - understand, through the use of detailed place-based exemplars at a variety of scales, the key processes in human geography relating to population and urbanisation; international development; economic activity in the primary, secondary, tertiary and quaternary sectors; and the use of natural resources
Scientific attitudes - understand that scientific methods and theories develop as earlier explanations are modified to take account of new evidence and ideas, together with the importance of publishing results and peer review
The development of scientific thinking - explaining everyday and technological applications of -science; evaluating associated personal, social, economic and environmental implications; and making decisions based on the evaluation of evidence and arguments
Topic: Biology - Health, disease and the development of medicines
The Campaign! Make an Impact model follows a simple three step plan. The process engages young people with inspiring campaigns from the past, provides examples of campaign strategies and supports active involvement in planning and delivering their own campaign.
The Tolpuddle Martyrs, Clerkenwell Fund, Bryant and May Strike and Mumia Abu-Jamal cover nearly two hundred years of campaign history. They are linked because of the way in which ordinary people have gathered to a cause born out of social injustice. Determination, resolute purpose and courage to stand against what seems like overwhelming opposition mark these campaigns out. The resources, drawn from archive material about each event, provide starting points to help young people gain insights into historical campaigns and to be inspired to create a campaign of their own.
Based on the Eric and Jessica Huntley Archive, this rich and powerful collection of materials covers fifty years of Black History in London. Discover the work of pioneering campaigners and education workers in the Black community and learn about the experience of migrating to London in the ‘50s and ‘60s. The session will also focus on the wide cultural life which grew up around Bogle-L’Ouverture, the Huntleys’ London publishing house and bookshop.