The Family and Industrialisation

Quizlet ( is a free resource that can be used by both teachers and students to create flash cards, quizzes and other study aids to help with learning.

Here is a set that has been shared by a member on the topic of family and industrialisation. Students can access these, print them off onto index cards and/or create their own for this and other topic areas:

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Many teachers begin delivering this topic with an assumption that students will know what ‘industrialisation’ is. Given the changes to the History curriculum in the UK, it’s worth spending some time finding out what your students do know and work from there (before starting any of the ‘actual’ Sociology!)

Simple starter questions like, “When was the Industrial Revolution” may leave you a little worried about gaps in knowledge but it’s good to build a secure foundation with the students as they’ll be able to hang so much of their learning on this.

This Guardian Teacher Network article considers a range of strategies teaching industrialisation with classes. These range from drawing on Dicken’s “Hard Times” to looking at the London Olympics opening ceremony featuring grey chimney stacks speckled across the rolling countryside:

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After spending some time learning this background content, ask students why they think that they are learning about industrialisation in their study of the family. Engaging them in this way should help drive their understanding of the topic.

Here’s a great summary of the family and industrialisation that has been mapped to AQA, OCR and Eduqas specifications

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After reading the outline and evaluation, students could consider the extent to which other family types are a ‘functional fit’ with the needs of wider society.

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