I created these resources while teaching the Year 3 history topic, 'The Stone Age'. The aim of this lesson was to be able to identify problems and challenges faced by Stone Age people. During the first part of this lesson, the class were split into boys and girls. Each group explored the school grounds with an adult. Scattered around the premises were Problem Cards (included in this pack) explaining various dilemmas that Stone Age men and women would have dealt with. The children loved this activity and when they returned to class, they were able to discuss the similarities and differences between the lives of Stone Age men and Stone Age women. Most children then wrote a diary entry from the point of view of a Stone Age person, explaining the problems they had faced, how it would have made them feel and how they would have dealt with them. The lower ability children used the other resource in this pack and they began by sorting Stone Age problems and Modern Day problems.
During Black History Week, my class learnt about the passengers on the Windrush who were coming to Britain from the Caribbean for better prospects. They thought about how they felt as they were leaving their homes and boarding the ship. Then they thought about what it was like for them when they arrived here. How were they greeted by the British people? I asked the children to write from the perspective of a Windrush passenger stating how they felt whilst on board the Windrush and how they felt when they arrived. My class produced some very sensitive first person pieces of writing.