You’ve never had it so good?

This lesson sequence for Year 9 students was written by Tom Haward from Oriel High School in Crawley.

Overall enquiry question

‘You’ve Never Had It So Good?’ How can we ‘know’ how affluent or poor a society is?

Learning objectives

To be able to:

  • generate questions to test the validity of a hypothesis
  • interrogate evidence
  • show an understanding of what a ‘cost of living’ index is
  • make predictions
  • identify describe patterns in household expenditures and explain them
  • reach a judgement on the validity of a hypothesis, and show an awareness of issues surrounding the collection of data and the ability to reach substantiated conclusions from it


The teacher’s notes, contextual essay and lesson plans for this topic will be available in the near future