History KS1/KS2: Industrialisation

This short film gives pupils an understanding of the process of industrialisation and how it impacted on the lives of people in Britain.

It considers how and why the Industrial Revolution happened in Britain, and what life was like before, during and after the process of industrialisation.

The film also considers the impact the Industrial Revolution had on life in Britain in the following years.

Teacher Notes

This short film is an ideal tool to help pupils to understand the process of industrialisation and to think about how their lives might be different if industrialisation had not happened.

It also provides an opportunity to think about some of the negative impacts of industrialisation, for example on the environment.

Points for discussion

  • What is industrialisation?
  • How did industrialisation change lives?
  • What were the factors that started the process of industrialisation?
  • How would life be different today if industrialisation had not taken place?

Suggested activities

After watching the film, you could challenge your pupils to undertake case studies about inventions and discoveries, exploring how their lives would be different if such inventions and discoveries had not been made. Pupils could also consider how these inventions and discoveries impacted on the lives people at the time.

Pupils could use timelines to sequence discoveries and inventions to find out which came first, and determine if there was a pattern to these discoveries and inventions.

They could also consider the positive and negative impacts on all aspects of society during the Industrial Revolution.

Can pupils find out what came after the Industrial Revolution and what were its causes?

Curriculum Notes

This short film is relevant for teaching history at KS1 and KS2 in England, Wales and Northern Ireland and 1st and 2nd Level in Scotland.

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