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Put your class in the driving seat by taking them back in time to see how transport and communication technology has evolved


Transport and communication are two aspects of technology that are a part of nearly every person’s life, and have changed and developed vastly and continuously over the last 50 years. Both activities involve the children in practical design work, resulting in a finished product – a car advertisement and a radio broadcast.

For both activities the children should have access to a range of resources, including appropriate people to interview (those born between 1920 and 1965 approximately), and should be encouraged to carry out some of their research outside school. It may not be necessary to bring in adults especially for the project (although this does add a freshness to research and many adults love to be asked!) – adults already present in school who remember previous decades may be sufficient.

You will need to collect pictures of cars and advertisements past and present for the 7-9 lesson – magazines, car showroom brochures, cigarette cards, family photographs and copies of What Car? or Which are useful. For the 9-11 lesson provide, if possible, recordings of radio news broadcasts of the past (Churchill speaking, the coronation, and so on) and TV news of the present (such as a video recording of a news bulletin).

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