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1 What was it like to arrive in Britain? L/O – To discover how peoples’ experiences of an event can differ and how we can try to understand their experiences Starter – Brainstorm reasons why people come to Britain. How many can you think of?

2 What was it like to arrive in Britain? SS Empire Windrush short of factory workers In June 1948, 500 West Indians arrived in Britain on board the SS Empire Windrush. It was 3 years after the end of WW2. Britain was short of factory workers, but other kinds of workers as well. West Indies 125,000 was it like arrive live They advertised in the West Indies (the Caribbean). Over the next ten years, 125,000 West Indians came to Britain. What was it like for these people to arrive and live in a new country? EMPATHY We call working out what people in the past thought and felt ‘EMPATHY’. That is what this lesson is all about. extracts from interviews 1940s and 1950s You will be using extracts from interviews with people who came to Britain in the 1940s and 1950s to help you find out what they thought and how they felt. Think about how people might feel: Jot down a few words (5-10) that best describe what it might have felt like to have arrived in Britain from the West Indies on the Empire Windrush in 1948.

3 What was it like to arrive in Britain? sources A-I list of the words and phraseswhat it felt likeWest Indian immigrant You are going to study sources A-I. For each source, use some of the words in the source to make a list of the words and phrases that describe what it felt like to be a West Indian immigrant. Then jot down any other words that you’d use to describe those feelings. Source A Immigrants from Jamaica arriving at Newhaven, 22 September 1958.

4 Source B – Euton Christian – Town Councillor

5 Source C – Cecil Holness – Motor Mechanic

6 Source D – Berris Anderson & Pearline Wynter

7 Source E – Connie Mark - Nurse

8 Source F – Ivan Weekes – Local Councillor

9 Source G – Vince Reid – Teacher

10 Source H – Aldwyn Roberts – Singer

11 Source I – Tryphena Anderson – Nurse

12 What was it like to arrive in Britain? As a class, now compile a complete list of words and phrases that describe what it felt like to be a West Indian immigrant in 1948: WordsPhrases Compare the class list with your words from the sources. Are they different? Why?

13 The Big Ideas empathy Part of History is empathy – using sources to work out people’s feelings and experiences. NOT imagine use sources feelingsexperiences You will use empathy a lot in History, but you do NOT just imagine what life was like for people. In History you use sources to find out their feelings and experiences.

14 The Big Ideas have enough It’s harder to find out the feelings of some people than of others – because we don’t have enough sources to tell us what they were thinking. 1.What kinds of sources have been used in this lesson to find out about the experiences of the people on the Empire Windrush? 2.Are people’s memories, such as those you’ve read in Source A-I, likely to be trustworthy evidence?

15 The Big Ideas feelings easy to find out about difficult 3. Here are five people. Whose feelings do you think it would be easy to find out about and whose would be difficult? William Gladstone, Prime Minister when Queen Victoria was queen. Robert Blincoe, a young factory worker who lived around 1900 Thomas Woodcock, a brewer who lived in Wymondham, Norfolk, when Elizabeth I was queen Harald Hardrada – King of Norway Queen Elizabeth Remember! There is always more than one answer to ‘What was it like to…’ different experiences Different people have different experiences. You have already worked this out for yourselves from the sources in this lesson. different experiences and attitudes Whenever you study and event in history, you need to remember that people have different experiences and attitudes.

16 The Big Ideas Norman Conquest One of the first topics you’ll investigate in Year 7 is the Norman Conquest. Your teacher may ask you a question like this: What do you think of the students answer? What should she think about or do to improve her answer?

17 Plenary 1.What was the SS Empire Windrush? 2.Why did West Indian’s come to Britain? 3.Did West Indian’s experience any bad things? 4.Did West Indian’s experience any good things? 5.What is empathy? 6.Why is it important in History? Did we meet our learning objective? L/O – To discover how peoples’ experiences of an event can differ and how we can try to understand their experiences


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