This is a mini scheme of work of 4 lessons, the resources and ideas are taken from Re-discovering Britain, 1750-1900 by Colin Shephard and Andy Reid.

  • The scheme starts with an overview lesson, centered around the task of building up a paragraph about transport in industrial revolution Britain by exploding a sentence.
  • The second and third lessons follow activities in the book very closely, and ask “why did Manchester need a railway”, building on knowledge from the first lesson to increase the students empathy in understanding different views on the need for a railway and their understanding of the cause and effect causes of innovation in transport by writing speeches from different viewpoints.
  • The final lesson aims to enable students to understand the impact of the change and continuity changes on life in Manchester and Liverpool.

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