M&S Virtual Outreach Workshops

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Time travel with Marks & Spencer!

Meet our Founder Michael Marks and hear his fascinating story, or chat to his son Simon Marks, known as the Retail Revolutionary, and find out how he led M&S through two World Wars and into the swinging 60s. You can also join us for M&S Time Travellers and whirl through over 130 years of food and fashion history, discovering some mystery objects along the way.

All three workshops are interactive and engaging, and will support your pupils in using different sources to find out about life in the past. They can also practice their listening and speaking skills, and pose their own questions to our historic figures. Our workshops support teaching in history, English, IT, PSCHE and Enterprise.

For a wealth of free online resources relating to a range of curriculum areas please visit the M&S Company Archive eLearning Hub.

These workshops are provided by the M&S Company Archive – home to the Marks in Time Exhibition and an award-winning (and free) schools programme. The archive contains over 70,000 items relating to the past and present of M&S; from documents to dresses, from pudding to pants – it’s all here.

Each session will last approx 45 minutes and  will connect via the national Videoconferencing network v-scene.  YorkshireVC will support any schools new to the technology and will run test calls prior to the session. All you  need is a PC connected to the internet with a webcam and speakers. see our getting started with v-scene page. To enhance the sessions we also use our bespoke slider system which allows your students to see the images used in the sessions in detail either on other computers or mobile devices.

Workshop 1 : Making Marks & Sparks: Michael Marks

Covers the dates and events 1880 to 1906

Arriving as a Russian immigrant in England from Belarus, Michael Marks set up a market stall at Leeds’ Kirkgate market, his Marks’ Penny Bazaar. Hear his story, what people liked to buy and how he looked after his employees.  Find out how he met Tom Spencer and how they created the Marks & Spencer partnership.

Michael will ask pupils about Plan A, the M&S eco and ethical plan to help look after the planet, our wildlife and the people who work with and for M&S. Plan A was launched in 2007, but the ideas and aims behind it started with Michael Marks back in 1884.

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The class will be challenged to think about how they can look after their community and the environment at school/home.

During the session children will be able to share any work they have prepared, with time at the end to ask questions. 

Learning Objectives

  • Ask relevant questions to extend understanding and knowledge
  • Maintain attention and participate actively in a collaborative conversation
  • Understand historical concepts of continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance
  • Understand that M&S is a business that has grown from being a market stall in 1884 to present-day global retailer
  • Learn what M&S Plan A is and how everyone can make a positive difference
  • Have fun

Session Date: On Demand – Contact info@yorkshirevc.co.uk

Times available:

Cost: FREE

Download the workshop outline HERE (in .pdf format)

 

 

Workshop 2 : Making Marks & Sparks: Simon Marks

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Covers the dates and events 1907 to 1962

Simon Marks tells his remarkable story, from his father’s arrival in England and early market stall, through the First World War and the transformation of M&S from a Penny Bazaar to the department store we recognise today. Simon talks about how M&S played its part during the Second World War and the resulting new technology, fabrics and food. Find out how he believed that “We can make it better”.

Simon will ask pupils about Plan A, the M&S eco and ethical plan to help look after the planet, our wildlife and the people who work with and for M&S. Plan A was launched in 2007, but the ideas and aims behind it started with Michael Marks back in 1884.

The class will be challenged to think about how they can look after their community and the environment at school/home.

During the session children will be able to share any work they have prepared, with time at the end to ask questions.

Learning Objectives

  • Ask relevant questions to extend understanding and knowledge
  • Maintain attention and participate actively in a collaborative conversation
  • Understand historical concepts of continuity and change, cause and consequence, similarity, difference and significance
  • Understand that M&S is a business that has grown from being a market stall in 1884 to present-day global retailer
  • Learn what M&S Plan A is and how everyone can make a positive difference
  • Have fun

Session Date:On Demand – Contact info@yorkshirevc.co.uk

Times available:

Cost: FREE

Download the workshop outline HERE (in .pdf format)

 

 

Workshop 3 : M&S Time Travellers

Marks and Spencer Time Travellers

Travel through time and find out how M&S stores and products have changed. From beginning as a market stall in 1884, through a huge transformation into a department store in the 1920s and pulling together during the Second World War, to fabric innovation in the 1950s and food innovation in the 1970s, M&S has an amazing story to tell! You’ll be brought right up to date with some of our most recent innovative products.

The class will be introduced to some original objects at each stage and will be asked key questions to identify mystery objects and their purpose.

Learning Objectives

  • Ask relevant questions to extend understanding and knowledge
  • Maintain attention and participate actively in a collaborative conversation
  • Understand historical concepts of continuity and change, similarity and difference through changes to the high street
  • Understand methods of historical enquiry – how we can learn about the past from historical artefacts
  • Understand that knowledge of the past is constructed from a range of sources
  • Have fun

During the session children will be able to share any work they have prepared, with time at the end to ask questions.

Session Date: Run on Demand please contact info@yorkshirevc.co.uk

Times available:

Cost: FREE

Download the workshop outline HERE (in .pdf format)

Pre-workshop Tasks:

Work can be emailed to YVC in advance of the workshop (info@yorkshirevc.co.uk)

Workshop 1&2 : Making Marks & Sparks: Michael Marks or Simon Marks

Future History – Find out what an archive is. Pupils choose an everyday object that they would add to an archive to represent the year 2016. They could draw a picture of it, take a photograph, make a digital picture etc and explain why it represents everyday life in 2016.

Research – Find out what M&S’ Plan A is http://www.mylearning.org/mands-making-a-mark–plan-a/

Workshop 3 : M&S Time Travellers

Gather evidence – What is M&S? Pupils ask family and friends what they know and think about M&S, how long have they been shopping there, their earliest M&S memory, favourite products etc. Their findings can be presented on paper, film or digitally.

Research – Find out what M&S’ Plan A is http://www.mylearning.org/mands-making-a-mark–plan-a/

Further information and resources to support these sessions:

https://marksintime.marksandspencer.com/home

and  the mylearning website

http://www.mylearning.org/the-mands-company-archive/

 

Images copyright M&S Company Archive