Family Life in the 1950s
Children in the 1950s were rather different to children we know today in 2007. The clips associated to this page look at children across Yorkshire in the 1950s and aim to give us an insight into what life might have been like for them.
A number of important issues and talking points can be raised out of watching and discussing these clips.
Students from St. Barts Primary School in Armley watched the film 'English Children'. They imagined that they were members of the family. This is what they thought they would...
See: Women cooking tea, with food like cake, jam and meat. The men wearing suits are coming home from work, and tuning in the radio. A girl is in the garden picking flowers.
Hear: The family having a conversation. The sound of the radio and the clock ticking.
Smell: Garden flowers and fresh bread baking.
Taste: Tea, cake and bread.
Touch: The kettle, teapot, radio, food and the dog
The children then used information they had collected from the video, plus what they had learnt from Janet Leverage's scrapbook and the Leeds Children's Day video clip to write a description of a child from the 1950s. They thought about:
- Are they a boy or girl?
- How old are they?
- What do they look like?
- What clothes do they wear?
- What do they enjoy doing?
- Who do they play with?