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Suitcase Stories. Learning Activity Key Stage 2 Stories of migration and the search for a better life. Activity 1: Introduction. Facts: At the beginning of the 20 th Century, one quarter of the world’s population lived in the British empire

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suitcase stories

Suitcase Stories

Learning ActivityKey Stage 2Stories of migrationand the search fora better life

activity 1 introduction
Activity 1: Introduction

Facts:

  • At the beginning of the 20th Century, one quarter of the world’s population lived in the British empire
  • The British empire covered one quarter of the world’s land surface
  • At the end of 20th Century Britain had 14 dependent territories outside the British Isles, small islands with a combined population of just over 2 million.
  • There are 54 Commonwealth countries, over half in thedeveloping world.
  • After the 2nd World War the British government encouraged immigration to Britain under the European Volunteer Workers Scheme

Look at our interactive map:www.commonwealthonline.org.uk/learning-teaching/learning-country/

facts continued
Facts continued….
  • Many non-white people also began to migrate toBritain from the Caribbean, South Africa, and India
  • Some of the immigrants served in the British forces duringthe 2nd World War
  • Others came in search of better opportunities
  • Many immigrants were skilled or professional people and there was plenty of work for everyone
task 1

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Task 1

Reasons why people leave to live in another country:

task 2
Task 2

Suitcase stories: What do I takewith me?

task 3
Task 3

Investigate your characters through your objects/ image cards

Mohindra Chowdhry

Roy Hackett

Sheila Mitchell Bane

Precious McKenzie

task 4

Is your charactermale or female

  • Why did he/she cometo England?
  • What ethnic group /culture did he/she belong to?
  • What job/skill didhe/she have?
  • Any other findings?
Task 4

Discuss the following questions in your group:

task 5
Task 5

Present your characters toyour class

task 6
Task 6

Watch and listen to your character tell their story

(Watch videos on this page or click here to view the files on our website)

http://www.commonwealthonline.org.uk/learning-teaching/learning-key-stage/key-stage-2-video-archive/

Mohindra Chowdhry

Roy Hackett

Sheila Mitchell Bane

Precious McKenzie