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The Beatles first recording session at Abbey Road Studios

September 4th| Michael Mountford

The Beatles first recording session at Abbey Road Studios

The Beatles are one of the most famous British bands of all time; with over 600 million albums sold worldwide. They appeared during a time in which Britain, and indeed the world, were going through drastic changes, some of which still affect our day to day lives in the 21st century. Teaching about The Beatles is a great way to learn about life in the 1960’s. Have a read below for some great teaching ideas, videos and more…

Britain in the 60’s

During the Swinging Sixties, Britain was undergoing its biggest reform of day to day life that has not been seen since. Everything from: fashion, entertainment, school life, home life, workplace, music and even the way that we cook food.

Take a look below at some of the ways in which life in Britain during the 1960’s has paved the way for a lot of what we take for granted every day in the 21st century.

Home Life

The photo below showcases a house that was purchased in the 1960’s in London and has been kept in its original design and layout throughout history.

Why not try and design your dream house in the style of the swinging sixties with all of its bright and vibrant colours and outlandish furniture designs.

School

Did you know: There were no nurseries so turning 5 years old was the first time that children and parents would be apart during the daytime.

Take a look at these videos and try and create a list of similarities and difference between schools today and those present in the 60’s.

Events

The 1960’s brought with it very many world changing events that would still be felt today. Things such as the Moon Landing, JFK, Berlin Wall Construction and the FA World Cup. These are just to name a few but there are many more out there to be discovered.

How many of these events in the video can you name?

Can you think of anymore that aren’t in this list?

Why not try and find out how people reacted at the time?

1960’s Predictions about the future

This video is from a BBC show which was first broadcasted on July 7th 1965 and continued for 38 years until it was cancelled at the beginning of 2003. The show primarily showcased any and all technological developments and presented them to the general public in an easy to understand explanation.

This excerpt is about a group of children from the 1960’s making their predictions about what the year 2000 will be like.

Why not try and get groups in the class to create a 2020 revamp of the show and have them make their own predictions about the future and record them and upload them to Youtube or social media and tag us and send it to us and your video may be featured.

Fashion

The 60’s was all about bright colours and standing out from the norm, and clothing mirrored this trend perfectly.

The 60’s came away from the slick business suit style of the 1950’s and into the psychedelic colours and comfy sweater vest. The miniskirt boomed in popularity during this same time.

Why not try and bring back some of these fashionable clothes trends and have a day showing off your creative side, having a go at emulating the looks of the 1960’s at your school.

Music

Many bands that are now in the hall of fame by today’s standards were seen as up and coming during the 60’s. The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, The Who, The Beach Boys, Led Zeppelin and Pink Floyd to name a few.

This video goes through the history and influence of the music scene from the 1960’s.

How many bands can you name that came to fame or started in the 60’s?

Try and see if you can learn some of the most famous songs from this period and maybe perform them in a small band of your own.

Toys

The 60’s most timeless influence, something that can still be seen in the same format now. Toys. Chatty Cathy, Etch a Sketch, G.I Joe, Easy Bake Oven are all toys that have seen to last the test of time in one form or another. But the single toy line that has stood the test of time better than all of them has to be, Barbie.
Why not create a toy timeline, to show how toys have changed over time.

Film and TV

The 60’s brought with it some of the biggest franchise starters of all time, the likes of James Bond, Dr Who and Star Trek. These films and TV shows have managed to stand the test of time, simply changing elements to fit in with the current times.

Can you try and make a list of films you think were from that decade, how many did you get right?

Have you seen any of them? What did you think?

We hope these ideas have given you some inspiration for teaching about the Beatles and the fascinating time of the 1960’s.
If you have any great teaching ideas for this topic, feel free to comment below (they might even get added into the topic calendar!)

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