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GCSE History

GCSE History

The Mass Observation Archive has a wealth of material,  Labour pamphlet for websitedating from 1937 to the present day. It contains 'everday' responses to 20th - century events, such as the Great Depresession and The Second World War and documents social, cultural and technological changes in post-war Britain.

This session focuses on War and the transformation of British Society c.1931-1951 and will enable students to use original source material to develop their understanding of key topics such as; unemployment and the Depression, The Second World War, The Blitz, Dunkirk, D-Day, The Battle of Britain, the role of Winston Churchill, the changing role of women, Labour coming to power and the introduction of the National Health Service.

 

Sessions usually last up to 2 hours and take place at The Keep.

GCSE History

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The Second World War

Leaflet advising on how to care for Your Dog and Cat in WartimeLearning sessions using the Mass Observation Archive's collection of wartime material, dating from 1937, are available for Primary and Secondary school students from Year 5 upwards.

 

Sessions are designed to enable students to learn more about life on the home front and engage in critical thinking and historical enquiry by using primary sources. 

 

Sessions usually last up to 2 hours and take place at The Keep.

 

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GCSE English Language

nella last diaries 1945 1951 1961 010 300DPI

Mass Observation was formed in 1937 and engaged volunteer writers, who kept diaries and responded to questionnaires known as directives.  Perhaps our most well known writer is Nella Last. 

By taking part in this session students will engage in activities that support the development of key English language skills, such as identifying and interpreting information and ideas, explaining and analysing how writers use language and comparing how writers convey ideas.

 

Sessions usually last up to 2 hours and take place at The Keep.

GCSE English Language

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Diaries

What is Happiness poster from 1938 advertising Mass Observations competition in BoltonLearning sessions using Mass Observation's unique collection of diaries, dating from 1937 to present day, are available for Primary and Secondary school students from Year 5 upwards.

Fun diary-focused activities will enable students to learn more about Mass Observation's research methods and also develop skills in historical enquiry, reading for meaning and confidence in spoken presentation.

Sessions usually last up to 2 hours and take place at The Keep.

Diaries session for Primary schools

Diaries session for Secondary schools

12th May diary folder

12th May Diary template

 

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Being a researcher

Britain resizedLearning sessions are available for Secondary school students that support development of key research skills such as critical thinking, analysis and evaluation.

 

Using original primary sources from the Mass Observation Archive students are encouraged to discover and develop independent study skills.

 

Sessions usually last up to 2 hours and take place at The Keep.

Being a Researcher

 

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Being a Mass Observer

 

being a mass observer

 

Learning sessions are available for schools at the Mass Observation Archive, which are designed to support students develop skills in speaking and listening, whilst taking part in fun drama activities, which tell the story of Mass Observation.

 

Sessions are aimed at Years 5 & 6 and usually last up to 2hrs. Sessions take place at The Keep, or can be delivered as an outreach activity in a school hall.

 

Being a Mass Observer

 

 

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Secondary outreach case

Vintage suitcase full of props relating to Mass Observation and the Second World War

 

Our Secondary outreach case is packed full of resources to help bring the Mass Observation Archive to life in your classroom. If you can't come to the archive for a school visit, why not hire the case to use in your school.

The case contains extracts from the Mass Observation Archive, which are themed to support learning in different subject areas at Key stages 3 and 4, along with teachers notes and resources to enable students to explore Mass Observation within the classroom.

Subject areas

Key stage 3 History

Key stage 3 English

Key stage 4 History 1

Key stage 4 History 2

Key stage 4 History 3

Key stage 4 History 4

Key stage 4 Sociology

Key stage 4 Media Studies

 

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Booklets for schools

These booklets were produced at the Archive during the 1980s. They were intended for use by 14-16 year olds but may also be helpful to students at A Level and beyond. Extracts from the booklets may be reproduced freely for educational purposes. 

download icon    The Blitz (22.73 MB)
download icon    Tom Honeyford's Autobiography of a Spinner (8.52 MB)
download icon    Evacuation (14.85 MB)
download icon    Postwar Hopes and Expectations and reaction to the Beveridge report (Paul A Thomas) (20.69MB)
download icon    Children at war (25.50MB)
download icon    Bolton Working Class Life in the 1930s: a Mass Observation anthology (ed. Peter Gurney) (50.82 MB)
download icon    Mass Observation in the 80s: Special directive, 19 April 1982: The Falkland Islands Crisis (3.30MB)
download icon    Mass Observation in the 80s: Spring directive 1987: AIDS (2.66MB)
download icon    Children's essays 1937: 'The finest person that ever lived" (11.50MB)

Primary outreach case

primary case imageOur Primary outreach case is packed full of props and resources to help bring the Mass Observation Archive to life in your classroom. If you can't come to the archive for a school visit, why not hire the case to use in your school?

"It really bought our History element alive." Teacher, Chyngton Primary School, Seaford.

The case contains extracts from the Mass Observation Archive, which are themed to support learning in different subject areas, along with teachers notes and lots of ideas for activities in the classroom.

Themes 

The Battle of Britain                                                                                

Being Prepared                                                                                     

Everyday Life                                                                                

Is it Fair?                                                                                      

New Opportunities                                                                         

Air raids

Spender's Photography

Bird Nesting Surveys

The Great Margarine Debate

What is Happiness?

What's the Weather?

MOA Wordsearch

 

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