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From the Flintstones to the Jetsons: technology

Teachers: Silvia Insley and Garry Taylor


Year: 10

Level: 5

Duration: 3 weeks

Achievement objectives

Social Studies:

  • Time, Continuity and Change
    How the ideas of individuals and groups that have changed the lives and experiences of people are viewed through time.
  • Resources and Economic activities
    The changing nature of work and the consequences of this for individuals and society.

Language and learning outcomes

Students will:

  • understand technological development
  •  understand the impact of technology
  • identify technological changes over time
  • understand how technology assists, aids and supports society or not.

Achievement objectives


Social Studies:

  • Inquiry
  • Social decision making


Language and learning outcomes


Students will:

  • collect, process and communicate information about society
  •  make decisions about possible social action.



acceleration, affordability, ancient, basic, BC, comfort, the impact, an invention, a laser, locomotives, means of transport, negative impact, performance, positive impact, reaction to, a runway, significant, a symbol, a tally chart, technology, a windsock

Teaching and learning activities

Learning task 1

Learning task 2

Learning task 3


Assessment activity

In groups of three, create a collage poster to show either the help or harm that technology has on people's lives. You have one period to plan and collect resources for your poster. You will be allocated your topic - either help or harm - by lot.

From the Flintstones to the Jetsons-Assessment (RTF 27KB)


Follow up

Research the technological changes in measuring time over the ages The Evolution of Time: Measurement through the Ages

Published on: 09 Jan 2018