Living under canvas

Lesson at a glance

Suitable for: Key stage 2

Time period: Interwar 1918-1939

Curriculum topics: Childhood through time, Diverse histories

Suggested inquiry questions: What can this document tell us about the experience of a group of refugee children?

Potential activities: Follow the videos. Carry out one or more ‘simple acts’ that Refugee Week recommend.

What can this document tell us about the experience of a group of refugee children?

This is a special episode of Time Travel TV to mark Refugee Week.

The episode shares the stories of child refugees who came to Britain, which have been recorded in documents we hold our archive.


Tasks

Part One

Look carefully at the mystery document and think about these questions:

  • What can you see?
  • What is it?
  • When was it made?

Part Two

This time read the documents more closely:

What do you think this document is about?

Part Three

Think on your own or discuss with someone:

What would be important for child refugees coming to a new country?

Additional documents to investigate

Carry on your learning about the houses that Basque children were sent to.

Document A

Report of Baydon Hole Farm, Berkshire. Date of visit:  9th June 1937 MH 37/324

Document B

Report of Roman Catholic Training College, Southampton. Date of visit: 4th June 1937 MH 37/324

Document C

Letter to a Member of Parliament sent on the 23rd June 1937 about Salvation Army Home in Clapton, East London. MH 37/324

Further activities

  1. Carry out one or more ‘simple acts’ that Refugee Week recommend. You can find them at: https://refugeeweek.org.uk/simple-acts/
  2. Make your own miniature doll’s house to think about what ‘home’ means to you.
  3. Discover more about the stories of Basque children by visit this online exhibition: https://havenseast.org/


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Lesson at a glance

Suitable for: Key stage 2

Time period: Interwar 1918-1939

Curriculum topics: Childhood through time, Diverse histories

Suggested inquiry questions: What can this document tell us about the experience of a group of refugee children?

Potential activities: Follow the videos. Carry out one or more ‘simple acts’ that Refugee Week recommend.

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