This morning we kicked off our new inquiry topic
LEISURE AND ENTERTAINMENT
First we read a text called 'Leisure and Entertainment in the 20th century.
This told us all about what life was like in the 1930's and some important things that happened.
A big change was in 1939, when a law was introduced in Britain that allowed workers one week paid holidays every year. Before this, people didn't take holidays as they couldn't afford it. This launched the new entertainment industry.
We learnt about Billy Butlin, Oswald Stoll and Oscar Deutsch who helped build this industry in Britain. You can read more about them here.
Another change that happened in the 20th century was that people worked less and were paid more. In the 1900's, the average working week was 54 hours. By the 1980's, this was down to 39 hours. In New Zealand in modern times, 40 hours is considered the normal working week. We get four weeks of annual leave (paid holidays) as well. It is much better now!
Next, we researched when different entertainment technologies were invented.
For example, TV was invented in 1927, radio was invented in 1895, the internet only came in 1983 and the first commercial flight was in 1914.
We learnt lots of new words from our readings..
exotic, disposable income, century, salary, annual, silent films, Charlie Chaplin, BC (before Christ) and AD (anno Domini).
Next, we had a look at what entertainment was like in the early 1900's.
We watched a few clips like these..
The wizard of Oz was the first colour movie EVER - it came out in 1939.
Our class found Charlie Chaplin HILARIOUS! We learnt that movies didn't have the actors talking, (if they had any noise at all, it was music over the top) and were filmed in black and white.
The Royal Variety Performance was invented by Oswald Stoll. This theatre is still going today.
We also talked about the Roaring 20's, and how people were more rich after WW1. They had big parties and dressed very differently than we do now. We looked at clips from The Great Gatsby to help us understand.