Woven in Ulster: Ulster-Scots and the Story of Linen

Woven in Ulster: Ulster-Scots and the Story of Linen

Lesson 2: The Half-Timers

This lesson will look at the half-timers’ working days, many of whom would have been of Ulster-Scots heritage. Pupils will have an opportunity to compare their day with that of the half-timers. They will also draw a bar chart to show the ages of children who worked in a mill and have an opportunity to comment on the data.

Lesson Plan

Keywords and Phrases

National School half-timer full-timer Education Act poverty

Learning Intentions

Pupils will:

  • understand the working day of a half-timer;
  • show an awareness of how the half-timers were treated by other pupils; and
  • use mathematical skills to interpret a table.

Links to Curriculum

Cross-Curricular Skills

Thinking Skills and Personal Capabilities

Managing Information

  • Comparing and evaluating information.
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