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Celtic Harmony Prehistory Inset Training Day - Tuesday 8th May 2018

Celtic Harmony experts in primitive skills and archaeology of the period have come together with Learning Outside the Classroom to bring you ‘Teaching Prehistory Outside the Classroom’ inset day on Tuesday 8 May at Celtic Harmony Camp, the UK’s largest Iron Age settlement, in Brickendon just outside Hertford.

Celtic Harmony Prehistory Inset Training Day Flyer

Inspire your prehistory topic at:

History Competition for Schools - My EPIC Era 2018

Following last year’s EPIC success, My EPIC Era 2018 once again launches its competition for schools and pupils throughout the UK.

Brought to you by 60 second histories My EPIC Era aims to encourage pupils interest in history.

The winning entry will have their EPIC era made into a 60 second history film, or series of films. Together with the 60 second histories crew, the winners will help write, direct and star in the film/s. The films will then be loaded onto the website for the whole teaching world to see and use in their classrooms.

The second prize winner will receive a half-day workshop at their school delivered by The History Squad (worth £350) and three runners up will receive an EPIC History goody bag for their class.

Entries will be judged by a panel of top educationalists including;

  • Kate Jones - Head of History at Brighton College
  • Juggy Chima - Author of Teaching Primary History
  • Kevin Hicks – The History Squad

My EPIC Era competition is open now and entries will be accepted until the 31 March 2018.

Entry is online at:

School’s fallen heroes remembered through competition winner’s films

In January 2016, Squaducation announced a new competition for schools, My EPIC ERA. Launched as a national history based competition, its aim was to enthuse children and help them create and develop a passion for history. And it did exactly that! Brendan Ind from Wycliffe School in Stonehouse, Gloucestershire was the outright winner with an incredibly moving entry, having researched and written about the lives of two Old Wycliffians who met at the school, grew up and later fought in the Great War.

Now, to mark Remembrance Day, Squaducation is delighted to re-release six of the WW1 60 second histories films that were created by winner Brendan and fellow pupil Ben Matthews. These EPIC films are once again available as a FREE resource that can be used by schools throughout the country and to inspire more young people to dig deeper into history.

Julie Hicks, Director of Squaducation says, “The films are beautifully simple in their format but very moving; they promote an empathy and understanding of the fears and horror the young men experienced.”

Brendan’s teacher, Steve Arman quotes: “Making these '60 second' history films, is a memory they will never forget and as a result will hopefully enthuse them to see the personal stories of people from the past, who have lived through a diverse set of historical events and social settings. We love the films we’ve created, we all learnt so much through doing this.”

In January 2018, My EPIC ERA competition will be launched again and it is hoped to make it even bigger and better. It’s a tough act to follow.

To watch the films go to:

 

First World War Support for Schools

As part of the Army’s commemorations of the centenary of the First World War, the MOD has developed a programme of support to schools. This has two major elements:

  • First World War learning resources aimed at secondary school learners
  • Soldiers to Schools: the option for secondary schools to request a soldier to support teaching activities within the classroom

Our other forms of school support can be found on our Teachers page

For further information please visit:

 

Wordbank for London

Wordbank for The London Pass, the sightseeing city card, have created five teaching resources on the history of Tower of London, Westminster Abbey, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace and Tower Bridge.

These include interesting facts, the people and the history behind these landmarks and can be accessed through the links below which are embedded with multimedia infographics.


World War 1 Christmas Truce Commemorations

The Northumbria and Newcastle Universities Martin Luther King Peace Committee have produced some teaching resources to help schools, churches and civic institutions mark the December 1914 Christmas truces.

The December 1914 Christmas Truces, when British, French and German soldiers stopped fighting to celebrate Christmas, exchange gifts, sing carols, and even play football, are one of the most extraordinary episodes in modern military history. They are worth teaching about not only because they are so remarkable and evocative, but because in recognising a common humanity that transcends even belligerent nations they can teach an important message that may otherwise be overlooked in the centennial commemorations.

Christmas Truces

The resource pack contains lesson plans, hand-outs, worksheets and PowerPoint slideshows for a range of subjects including history, English/literacy, geography, RE/PSE, art, PE and even cookery. It also contains complete outlines and materials for Christmas Truces-themed assemblies and school carol services. They are aimed primarily at Key Stage 2 and 3, but can be adapted for younger children and older students.

The resource pack is available to download below and further resources including powerpoints are available to download free from their website:

Christmas Truce Flyer

Martin Luther King Peace Committee website

 

Black History Month Resources

  A list of useful web links to help you find resources for all key stages to support work during Black History month.