Diversity of wealth, poor access to services,
lack of affordable housing, problems of employment and low pay,
uneconomic production, food security and immigration are only a few of
the issues faced by communities in the countryside. The same issues
affect urban communities as they rely on the countryside for their food
supply and many of their leisure activities . This learning package
offers examples of how using archival materials can help children, both
rural and urban, understand some of these difficult and often
This Learning Package is designed to link
historical information to the present-day issues of diversity and
citizenship in the countryside. It provides access to archival material
which can be used to stimulate both interest in and ask questions about
these issues both in the past and today.
WHO IS THE MATERIAL FOR?
The material is designed to be managed by
teachers within classroom situations. It is not designed to provide
detailed lesson plans but is a resource from which teachers can select
material for KS3 and 4 students.
WHAT'S IN THE LEARNING PACKAGE?
There are 4 SECTIONS:
- Introduction to the site's aims and objectives and how it can be used
- Sample Learning Activities based on the Dorset Coast Digital Archive provide examples of how to use archival material from the DCDA site for National Curriculum Key Stage 3 in
a) Citizenship b) History c) Geography
It includes possibilities for cross-curricular work
- Sample Learning Activities specifically for National Curriculum KS4 Citizenship and beyond
- Countryside Resources provide links to other supporting material.
The first 3 Sections provide LINKS to supporting material and other sites.
The learning package also contains two types of boxes :
STARTER ACTIVITIES are in yellow boxes = investigation leading to discussion
KEY QUESTIONS are in blue boxes which provide structure for a series of lessons or PLENARY SESSIONS
Finally, where original documents are shown, a transcript link is also provided on the side panel.
You may print any of the material, provided that the DCDA is acknowledged as the source.