Havering | Barking & Dagenham | Greenwich | Newham | Bexley

What is work?

Lesson Objectives:

  • To understand where and how people used to work
  • To explain how people work today

2 minutes

  • What work do your family do?
  • Where do they work?
  • Do they wear special work clothes?

Greenwich Gas Company


Watch the video and listen carefully.


  • What job did John Atkins have?

  • Think of one reason why you would like to do his job and one reason why you would not!

Where did John Atkins Work?

How to make Town Gas

From coal to gas

Alfred Payne

Alfred Payne working at the Tar works.

Look at this photograph.

Use your five senses to describe working at the Gasworks.

The Gasworks Now

Why would you go there?

Plenary  •  Write a story

Imagine you work at the Docks

Describe the differences between the site of the Gas Company and the O2 Arena.

  • What do they provide?
  • Why do people go there?
  • Who works there?

Homework  •  Ask your family

Produce a poster that describes in words and pictures where your family work.

Please include:

  • The hours that they work
  • The clothes that they wear at work
  • What they like about their work