I’d been wanting to focus on Place-Based Education for a while, and being at home more has given us lots of scope to immerse ourselves in just that. After a series of Themed Learning Days, we’re spreading our Place-Based learning across a week for each theme, a little each day.
This week, we explored some of the cultural influences on the UK and the region of North-West England (as that’s our local area).
Day 1 – The Big Picture
We used these resources to get a feel for what ‘cultural heritage’ is, and how migration happens:
‘What Is Cultural Heritage?’ (3 mins) – video from a Future Learn course.
Video on migration in European History from Crash Course – migration video, 13mins (as with alot of Crash Course videos, not really suitable for younger children).
Video about migration in the 20th century ‘The Making Of Britain’ (4 mins), from Our Migration Story
Game about the history of immigration into the UK from various countries, which I adapted from a game on TES called ‘Is Britain a Nation of Immigrants’ – I didn’t use the main presentation as the tone didn’t sit well with me, but I adapted the sorting game into a matching game and timeline activity by separating the names from the details.
Day 2 – Indigenous Britain: The Celts
Life-sized board game, with the objective of collecting Celtic artefacts from historic locations. Life-sized board games are one of our favourite ways to engage in embodied learning. I usually create them for historical themes, using A4 pieces of paper on the floor for the board squares, and adding event cards related to the theme that are positive (go forward/extra go) or negative (go backwards/miss a go).
For this game, I added skirmishes with other Celtic tribes to some squares – a dice roll to see if you win & go forwards/miss a go. This game included some maths (calculating points for items collected), writing (adding new event cards to improve the game), and strategic thinking (balancing collecting items against finishing first). Here’s what the board looked like:
(Past themes for life–sized board games have included the Gold Rush and Robin Hood).
Day 3 – Our Industrial Heritage
‘Business Simulation – Cotton Manufacture During The Industrial Revolution’ – a print-and-play game from TES (we do like a bit of gameschooling!). We played a simplified version of the game which still created an opportunity for lots of purposeful maths. Plus it led to a discussion of how the industrial revolution has contributed to our cultural heritage.
Day 4 – Regional Influences
I made a matching game with flags and pictures of items to represent cultural influences for the North West of England – these were Chinese, Italian, Irish, Persian. The boy had to do a bit of research to look up the flags, and then match them to the relevant item photo. I also found articles and videos to explore each item further, including the history of Italian immigrants starting ice cream businesses, the history of the Curry Mile in Manchester, and a video about regional accents.
Day 5 – Musical Heritage (North Of England)
We watched clips of documentaries about music that emerged from Liverpool in the 60s, Sheffield in the 80s and Manchester in the 90s.
If you’re looking for more homeschooling ideas, scroll back through the previous posts…