Key Stage 1 Activities

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1. Canal Families


In the early years of the canal boom, the cargo-carrying narrow boats were operated by teams of men, who left their wives and children at home. After the advent of the railways, economic conditions became much more difficult, and the boats had to charge much lower prices to compete against the railways. Because the boat owners could not pay their men so much money, many families had to leave their rented houses, and live full time in the small cabins of the boats

National Curriculum & QCA Links

KS1 History Historical enquiry 4. Breadth of study 6
QCA Schemes of Work History Unit 2 What were homes like a long time ago?

Learning Objectives:

Download the KS1 Families activity sheet - PDF format

2. The Ice Man


150 years ago, there were no fridges or freezers, and it was extremely difficult to keep ice, or ice cream, cold. Born in 1817 in the Italian speaking part of Switzerland, Carlo Gatti came to London in 1847, and opened a succession of food stalls and restaurants selling cakes, chocolate, and ice cream. The shortage of ice was always a problem, and soon Gatti had made enough money to invest in importing bulk ice from Norway instead. He built the warehouse which houses the London Canal Museum today, and constructed the first of two huge wells in which to store the ice. It was sold from carts which carried it around London.

National Curriculum & QCA Links

KS1 History Historical enquiry 4. Breadth of study 6

Learning Objectives

Download the KS1 Ice Man activity sheet - PDF format

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