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History/interactive: 1950s semi-detached house

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By John Davisteacher and freelance writer

Explore this iconic British home – a familiar sight on many of today’s streets

Illustration of 1950s semi-detached house

We continue exploring homes from the past in the final of our interactive history series by taking a look inside a 1950s semi-detached house. Using the Interactive resource children can take a virtual tour around the house to look at different rooms and floors, zooming in to discover more detail to get a taste of Britain during the 1950s.

A floor plan is available as part of the resource (with a separate downloadable plan available for all readers – Activity sheet, ‘Plan of a 1950s semi-detached house’) so that children can easily identify the basic features of this style of house.

Delve inside

Discover more historic houses in the rest of our Who lived in a house like this? series in our online archive.

In addition, the 3D version the 1950s semi-detached house will allow your class to delve inside and take a closer look using the ‘zoom’ tool. As the children ‘enter’ the house, encourage them to discuss any items on view – who would have used these and how? The interactive resource aims to give children a taster of what it would have been like to live in Britain during the fifties, and provides an ideal visual stimulus for creative writing and drama work.

This exciting history interactive is exclusively available to subscribers of Junior Ed PLUS. Read the July ‘09 issue of the magazine for activities and ideas to explore what life was like inside a 1950s semi-detached house.