I've been scouring the reclamation yards to find materials suitable for our Britain from Above garden.
The pupils decided that bricks and tiles are common materials both then (1920's) and now and that these should be in our garden...OK, easy enough to find, I agreed.
A big change is seen in the form of chimney pots - we can use these to literally illustrate the change in chimney pots in terms of industrial decline and metaphorically in terms of a change in the 'roots' of families now living in houses in the area. The chimney pots have quite literally changed and so have the origins of those living within the houses. Also easy enough to find, I agreed.
Another big change is in the type of fruit or vegetable that may be grown in the back yards around the school. Given a more favourable climate it is likely that we would see a very eclectic mix ranging from potatoes and carrots to kiwi, grapes, olive, mango, papaya and oranges. Some of these are not so easy to find...I'll try my best!!!
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