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Research the 1950's.


In preparation for our work on the Ali Sparkes book - Frozen in Time, this week we are going to research life in the 1950's.


The 1950's was a period in history of great change. The world was still recovering from the effects of WWII and the Cold War. Many goods were still rationed during the early part of the 1950's - which meant they were in short supply and you could purchase a small amount or trade coupons for items, such as sugar and meat.


Ordinary families had little spare money for treats like cinema trips and holidays. Most people did not have televisions, they listened to the radio, for news, music and programmes. Families spent time together listening to the radio in the evening, reading, playing board games and spending time outside. They didn't have computers and games consoles!


Food choices were more limited than to day, but you could have fish and chips as a take away.


We would like you to create a Power Point, fact file, explanation text about life in the 1950's.

There are some comprehensions in the reading section, that will help you.


Possible areas to research:


What was family life like?

What were houses like in the 1950's?

What did the inside of the house look like?

What electrical appliances did they have? Did they have things like kettles and irons?

What food did they have? including sweets.

What was fashion like in the 1950's?

What music was popular in the 1950's?

What jobs were popular?

What inventions were designed and produced in the era?

What were the cars, bikes like?

What sports were popular?

What games did children play?

What was happening politically?


Task 1

Create a Mind map initially to record strands that you want to research and investigate. Choose things to investigate that interest you. Make it personal to your likes/dislikes and interests. Use the sheet below in the resources section or create a Mind map of your own design.


Task 2

Once you have created a Mind map, research the areas you have identified and make notes.

Create a PowerPoint with the information you have researched.


Task 3

Use the Power Point to create an information text - fact file or explanation text - to tell everyone about life in the 1950's.


Check and edit the accuracy of what you have written. Remember to share the work with your teachers, so we can see what you have been doing and we can add it to the website.


Success Criteria:

Remember to include facts and accurate information. Use pictures to support your writing. Think about layout - fact bvoxes, Did you know boxes, call outs or  wow facts. Subheadings, columns, inroduction...

Think about grammar features:

Rhetorical questions, rage of clause structure, adverbials and prepositional phrases, paragrahing and punctuation for accuracy and to avoid ambiguity in your sentences.