Rethinking the domestic during the COVID-19 pandemic
Funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, ‘Stay Home Stories’ has three interconnected strands: Documenting Home, Practising Home, and Mapping Home.
We are working with Queen Mary University of London, University of Liverpool and National Museums Liverpool on the Mapping Home strand which encourages children to map and record their experiences of home during the COVID-19 crisis.
For the Mapping Home strand pupils across Key Stages 2-4 are being invited to create and submit a map of their home. The maps will help the project team gain a better understanding of how children and young people’s experiences of the home space may have changed during the COVID-19 restrictions, while at the same time helping to develop mapping skills and encouraging engagement with a sense of place.
There are five themes for the resources, each of which can be done separately or as part of a longer unit. All of these themes have activities suitable for KS1 and 2. In this series of lessons, we will explore how children might perceive and map their homes, their lived experiences within them, and in their home neighbourhood and local area. There will be opportunities to dip in and sample resources from different lessons or start at the beginning and work your way through to build a coherent and longer unit of work. Ideas will be provided for both KS1 and KS2.
Lesson 1: Home is where the heart is
Lesson 2: Window on the world
Lesson 3: Meaningful Maps
Lesson 4: Missing places
Lesson 5: Future places
Dr Paula Owens is a former deputy head with many years' experience teaching children from the Foundation to Key Stage 2 age range. She completed a PhD that focused on how children develop environmental values in the early school years (ages 4– 7) and lectured part time on primary geography courses for students completing QTS and PGCE. She previously worked for the Geographical Association and now works as an independent education consultant specialising in primary geography and curriculum development.
Featured image: Street map drawn onto skin, Hand Drawn Histories, Artist Waldock, J. 2016
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