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Wessex Archaeology Resources January 29, 2010

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The main Wessex Archaeology site features lots of resources that primary teachers will find useful, especially the large gallery of photographs (http://www.wessexarch.co.uk/photos/)which includes brilliant images of coins, artefacts from different time periods and pictures of archaeologists at work.

Time Travelling by Water January 28, 2010

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Wessex Archaeology has produced these great teachers packs containing activities and suggestions to complement the teaching of Tudor seafaring, Local History and World War II at KS2 and KS3. Each pack comes with a small collection of downloadable resources which include worksheets and artefact photographs.

BBC: Heroes of Troy January 12, 2010

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Heroes of Troy, from the BBC School Radio service, is a music resource for school children aged 9 to 11 and offers 7 songs to learn, each linking to an episode of the Trojan War. The website is audio-based, but also includes Teachers’ Notes, words and music for the songs and backing tracks. Well-known music presenter David Grant is on hand to teach all of the songs. It’s intended to target a range of music objectives at Key Stage 2 but also links to the history topic Ancient Greece while offering opportunities to link music with literacy and performance.

Engaging Places September 19, 2009

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This site, managed by CABE and English Heritage, has been designed to help schools teach by using the buildings and places around them. Although developed for KS3, you can access plenty of useful information aimed at primary students by using the  nationwide directory of organisations and venues, the searchable database of curriculum resources and the collection of case studies from teachers.

NMOLP WebQuests September 17, 2009

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Nine different British museums and galleries have collaborated on these webquests which cover subjects including How do we Remember? (KS1), Number Rhymes (KS1), Hide and Seek (KS1), Toys from the Past (KS1), The Children’s War (KS2), Chinese New Year (KS2), The Radiant Buddha (KS2), Henry VIII’s Next Wife (KS2) and Exploring Light (KS2). All the WebQuests incorporate resources from at least three museums/galleries.

English Heritage TV September 2, 2008

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This site, from English Heritage, houses a collection of The History Channel videos, some of which may be useful for primary history lessons, particularly the how-to guides. You will definitely need to watch them through first as some of the videos contain language or information that you would probably not want to discuss with primary students.

Heritage Explorer February 4, 2008

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English Heritage Education have just launched this new web site which over 360,000 rights-free images, lesson plans and interactive resources for history teachers.

I’ve noticed several useful worksheets on the site as well as some brief teachers notes, timelines and a small selection of interactive whiteboard files (Smart Notebook format). It’ll be interesting to see how the web site develops, at the moment it’s worth checking out for the selection of photographs.

Bedford Bytes November 22, 2007

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This site, based around two museums in Bedford, contains really useful material to help teachers cover some of the QCA units of work.

‘Toys of the Past’ (KS1 History) features several toy sorting and describing activities as well as a wonderful gallery of old toys.

‘Mother Nature, Designer’ (KS2 Art & Design) has art examples, photographs of both natural and designed objects and an online pattern making activity.

Finally, ‘Take a Seat’ (KS2 Art & Design) contains photographs of chairs from the museum collection, art featuring chairs and two interactive activities.

Each section of the site also includes a introduction for teachers, a scheme of work, some activity sheets (where appropriate) and examples of pupils’ work.

Moving Here November 7, 2007

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There is a huge amount of interesting material on this site. As the blurb says…

Moving Here explores, records and illustrates why people came to England over the last 200 years and what their experiences were and continue to be. It offers free access, for personal and educational use, to an online catalogue of versions of original material related to migration history from local, regional and national archives, libraries and museums.

Primary teachers will find the sections linked to topics The Victorians and Britain Since 1948 very useful for incorporating the theme of migration into history lessons.

emsource September 25, 2007

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The emsource project aims to promote the educational use of archives in the East Midland area. Despite the local focus, there are several sections that would be useful no matter where you are in the UK. “What did East Midland children eat during World War Two?” features an adult ration book, advertisements, menus and recipes from the period. “Was it exciting or boring to be a child living in the East Midlands during World War Two?” has quite a lot of material on the evacuation of children.