This session explores traditional toys from the past. Pupils will look at what the toys are made from, what they represent and who would have played with them in order to find out more about life in the mid to late 1800s. This is a very hands-on session in which pupils are encouraged to handle, play with and discuss the toys.
KS1 pupils will focus on similarities and differences between their lives and those of children in the past, including identifying differences in the materials used to make toys. Just like children from the past they will have the opportunity to make a simple moving toy that doesn’t require electricity.
Older pupils will have more opportunities to explore the technical side of old toys, examining the forces and materials used. They will also get the chance to think more about what the toys tell us about Victorian life and consider the chronology of design and technology.
Target Age: Key Stage 1 and 2
Duration: 60 minutes
Group size: Maximum 33 pupils
Topics: Science, History, Design and Technology