Teachers & Group Leaders

Canal Families

Key Stage 1


In the early years of the canal boom, the cargo-carrying narrow boats were operated by teams of men, who left their wives and children at home. After the advent of the railways, economic conditions became much more difficult, and the boats had to charge much lower prices to compete against the railways. Because the boat owners could not pay their men so much money, many families had to leave their rented houses, and live full time in the small cabins of the boats

National Curriculum


  • Significant historical events, people and places in their own locality.

Learning Objectives

  • To learn that canal boats were used as homes by many canal families in the past.
  • To understand how cooking, eating, sleeping and all other daily activities took place on the boat.
  • To find out where these activities took place.
  • To discover what was special & different about the canal way of life.
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