History KS1/KS2: Migration

This short film is intended to help pupils explore both historical and current patterns of migration and immigration within, to and from the United Kingdom, and to think about how the movement of people affects a country.

It can be used as an introduction to the topic, and to raise some issues that might require pupils to think critically, helping to ensure appropriate understanding of the different reasons for migration and immigration.

Teacher Notes

Points for discussion

  • What is migration?
  • What is immigration?
  • How does migration affect people?
  • How does migration affect a place or a country?
  • How have patterns of migration in the United Kingdom changed over time?

Suggested activities

After watching the short film, pupils could explore patterns of migration into the United Kingdom from other countries, and explore what changes those migrants have brought to the country.

Can pupils investigate migration trends for countries other than the United Kingdom?

What is home? Can pupils explore what ‘home’ means to them and how this can mean different things to different people?

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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