The National Archives

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If it’s too far to Kew? Join The National Archives for a videoconference and They will come to you. The  sessions are free for UK schools, fun and interactive. Here is a selection of the sessions.

Please contact the museum directly if you would like to take part. A link to the session and booking  details are at the top of each workshop. (Details correct as of July 2017 and may be subject to change)

Would you like to meet our tommy, Henry Fairhurst?

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/sessions/allpals/

Students share an hour in the life of a soldier from a Pals Battalion, Private Henry Fairhurst (played by a professional actor), as he talks about his experience of life in the trenches. Students are invited to chat with Henry during the session. Was it really all mud and blood in the trenches, or did Private Fairhurst see some benefits in what he was doing?

This session supports schools studying Challenges to Britain and the wider world, 1901 to the present day.

Connections to the curriculum: History.

Dates: Tuesday 7 November-Friday 10 November 2017

Suitability: Key stage 3

Cost: Free to UK schools

 

Britain and the Holocaust – How much did the British government know?

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/sessions/holocaust/

Students study telegrams, radio intercepts and reports received by the Foreign Office between 1942 and 1944. They learn about how the events in Nazi occupied territories unfolded and the subsequent reactions of the British government.

This workshop supports schools studying the Holocaust as part of ‘Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world 1901-present day’.

Connections to the curriculum: History

Dates: Available all year

Suitability: Key stage 3 – 4

Cost: Free to UK schools

 

What was life like for a Victorian child criminal?

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/sessions/childpoetry/

Photographs, reports and drawings from our prison records are used to explore the lives of Victorian children who were classed as criminals. Pupils investigate Victorian attitudes to crime and punishment, and explore the cases of children imprisoned at Wandsworth Prison in the mid 19th century.

This session supports schools focusing on a thematic study in British history (beyond 1066).

Connections to the curriculum: History, English (spoken language and writing – composition).

Dates: Available all year

Suitability: Key stage 2

Cost: Free to UK schools

 

The Great Fire of London – How can we know what happened back in 1666?

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/sessions/great-fire/

This session introduces pupils to The National Archives and to some of the famous documents connected with the Great Fire of London. Pupils are introduced to primary source material as they investigate what happened in 1666 and develop their skills of historical enquiry.

This workshop supports schools focusing on significant events beyond living memory. It also has a focus on spoken English.

Connections to the curriculum: History, English (spoken language).

Dates: Available all year

Suitability: Key stage 1

Cost: Free to UK schools

 

Henry VIII: image of a king – Was appearance everything for a ruler in the 16th century?

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/sessions/henryviii/

Henry VIII used symbols and images to display royal power. In this exciting session, pupils work with original documents from Henry’s reign to investigate how he was portrayed as a great monarch.

This workshop supports schools focusing on a thematic study in British history (beyond 1066).

Connections to the curriculum: History, English (spoken language).

Dates: Available all year

Suitability: Key stage 2

Cost: Free to UK schools

 

Propaganda and the art of war – How did the British government encourage people to support the war?

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/sessions/propaganda/

Pupils explore original propaganda posters, photographs and film to compare their effectiveness in conveying powerful messages to a mass audience.

This session supports schools focusing on a thematic study in British history (beyond 1066).

Connections to the curriculum: History, English (spoken language).

Dates: Available all year

Suitability: Key stage 2

Cost: Free to UK schools

 

The sinking of the Titanic – Why were so many lives lost in the disaster?

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/sessions/sinking/

Exploring information and testimony submitted to the British government inquiry into the sinking of Titanic, students investigate why so many passengers and crew lost their lives in the early hours of 15 April 1912. Through close analysis of these documents, students link causes, reaching a conclusion about which factors were most significant.

This workshop supports schools studying challenges to Britain and the wider world, 1901 to the present day.

Connections to the curriculum: History

Dates: Available all year

Suitability: Key stage 3

Cost: Free to UK schools

 

What is history? (KS2) – How do historians know what to believe?

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/sessions/what-is-history-ks2/

This exciting session gives pupils the opportunity to work with a range of primary documents selected around a specific theme. Pupils will gain an understanding of how different types of sources can be used to find out about the past, and how historians can use these sources as evidence.

This session supports schools focusing on a thematic study in British history (beyond 1066).

Connections to the curriculum: History, English (spoken language).

Dates: Available all year

Suitability: Key stage 3

Cost: Free to UK schools

 

See them all here and for further information:

http://www.nationalarchives.gov.uk/education/sessions-and-resources/?resource-type=video-conferences