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Later on today you will be writing a letter about what life was like 100 years ago in Britain.

I would like you to research what life was like living in the country side.

Consider how it was different for men, women and children.

Write up what you find in your post.

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“Blogging lesson- History research”

  1. July 14th, 2015 at 12:21 pm      Reply Rachel.s and Liam Says:

    Many farm workers had left their families to go and fight. They had also left their cows, sheep, ploughs and fields, and there were not enough workers to keep the farms going.

    At first, some farmers did not want women from towns coming to help. They thought the work would take too long to teach and women would not be strong enough to do all the heavy work around the farm.

    The women proved them wrong. They were quick to learn and glad to be in the countryside with plenty of fresh air and good food.

    With air raids on towns and cities, the countryside was a much safer place to be.

    As the fighting dragged on, fresh fruit, vegetables and meat got harder to find. There were even stories of butchers selling dead cats!

    Bread and flour were very hard to get. By 1916, bread was being made from ground-up turnips. The new Ministry for Food put out a leaflet with ideas for making pastry, cakes and buns from potatoes, and even ‘chocolate potato biscuits’.

    Mothers had to be inventive in the kitchen. Wartime cookbooks had ideas for foods like ‘potted cheese’ – leftover crumbs of cheese, mixed with mustard and margarine, baked in the oven and served with biscuits or toast. Another recipe used cooked fish, rice, and breadcrumbs to make ‘fish sausages’.


  2. July 14th, 2015 at 12:21 pm      Reply Luke and Ella Says:

    When war was declared in 1914, many men chose to go away to fight. However, many other men decided to stay at home and to continue to work and to look after their families. Then in 1916, a law called conscription was introduced because the Army needed more men to fight in the war. Conscription meant that men aged 18-41 were told to join the armed forces rather than it being their choice. At the beginning, only single men were conscripted but many married men also joined up as they felt it was their duty. Before World War One began, women often worked as servants and cleaners. Once a woman married she was expected to give up work and to become a housewife. Her role was to look after the children and to cook and clean the family home.

    However, as men left to fight in the war, women had to take on jobs outside the home. Many women went to work in munitions factories making explosive ‘shells’ for big guns. Others went to work on farms in the countryside as Land Girls or in hospitals as nurses.

    As the war went on, women took on more and more men’s jobs just to their country, but to their family too.When war broke out, many more children lost both parents and became orphaned. Some would have a father who had died on the front line. Mothers or fathers could die due to illness or occasionally, women were killed due to working with explosives in munitions factories. If there were no other family members (such as an aunt or uncle) to look after the children, the orphans would go to live in an orphanage or a poor house with other people who did not have a home.


  3. July 14th, 2015 at 12:22 pm      Reply abbie Says:

    Suffragettes were members of women’s organisation (right to vote) movements in the late 19th and early 20th century, particularly militants in Great Britain such as members of the Women’s Social and Political Union (WSPU). Suffragist is a more general term for members of suffrage movement.
    They wanted votes for women.


  4. July 14th, 2015 at 12:25 pm      Reply Jessica w. Lily Says:

    100 years ago on the country side
    They took up new roles in the workforce but also in society, changing ideas about what people were capable of and how they should live.

    Women from country areas went to the towns and cities looking for jobs they could not do before the war. Having grown up in small, quiet villages, they suddenly were surrounded by lots of people, vehicles and noise. There were lots of places to visit and things to do and it was very exciting.

    In July 1914, only 2,000 women were employed in dockyards, storehouses and factories, but by the end of the war there were 247,000 women in these jobs – over twelve times as many.
    In total, over a million women joined the workforce during the course of the war.Learning new skills

    Many women went to help farmers and were happy to learn new skills, like milking and ploughing. It was very peaceful in the countryside and there was enough food. They felt safer too as air raids were unlikely, unless the farms were near the coast. But these women missed their families too.

    Male teachers from small country schools had gone to fight in the war, and so well-educated women got jobs in the village schools as teachers. People had to find new ways to pass the time outside school hours. Sometimes the village hall or church had dancing or an interesting talk to go to.


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