2.5 million years of historical learning in the comfort of your school
As well as this workshop, I also offer the following wide range of workshops for history, science and sport that you may want to consider. These span a range of topic areas which are all designed exclusively for primary schools and are tailored specifically to the 2014 National Curriculum as per this Stone Age workshop. Each workshop also has a dedicated website, often with free teaching resources.
In addition, many of my workshops (including the space science workshops) are firmly centred around a timeline of the events covered to enhance pupils' all important chronological knowledge of key events and the people involved.
Other History workshops
My Roman Britain school workshop is a full day, fun experience through the whole timeline of the Roman occupation of Britain.
Beginning with an interactive timeline, pupils them move on to sorting real Roman artefacts; trying on the armour and seeing what was in a Roman soldier's kit bag; throwing spears and marching.
This is all done with the timeline in the background running as a narrative throughout the day in order to consolidate pupils' knowledge oif what happened when, where and why.
My Second World War school workshop is the first workshop I devised and it is still the most popular. Using over 60 genuine WW2 artefacts and delivered in the form of a 'Blitz school', the workshop begins with an interactive WW2 timeline followed by a series of activities throughout the day related to role of an Air Raid Warden in WW2.
For example, pupils learn how to bandage each other WW2 style, blackout windows in a team competition and also fire water from stirrup pumps at targets to mimic their use against the incendiary bombs of WW2. All in all, quite a contrast to having a Roman in school!
My Victorian Inventions school workshop takes pupils on a journey of discovery through the wondrous age of Victorian Invention with over 50 genuine Victorian invcentions such as cameras, a typewriter, a sewing machine, a 1890s stereo viewer and much more.
After a timeline and a look at the artefacts, pupils then undertake a series of themed activities including dressing as Victorians and having their picture took with an 1880 real lens; powering a working model of Stephenson's Rocket, and finally an end of day 'race to the great exhibition' quiz.
This workshops offers pupils the chance to have a 'spaceman' visit your school (i.e. me, in a highly detailed A7L moon-landing replica space suit) or to learn about the history of the space race.
For Key Stage 1, this is delivered in role as a spaceman, while for KS2 I teach it as a teacher with a detailed presentation about the history of the science and the suit.
The Key Stage 1 version involves me arriving in their classroom in the suit, pretending that my rocket has crashed nearby. I then tell them the story of rescuing my faithful astronaut friend Spaceted from the moon and we finish by launching some (very safe) foam rockets across either the classroom or your school hall.
For Key Stage 2, it is much more factually based and it begins with a discussion about the science of the suit as I wear it, leading on to a detailed presentation about the space race of the 1960s.
In addition, if the Key Stage 2 version is just for a single class, the pupils also enjoy another two activities of rocket making and driving a remote control moon rover replica.
My primary science workshops website offers a wide range of science workshops for the National Curriculum topics of electricity, forces, light, sound, human body, space, evolution, fossils and rocks and much more.
The workshops are either for a full day per class or modular, where you can choose up to four difefrent topics for different classes throught the day.
In addition, I offer an "Incredible Inventions" workshop which can be delivered as a one-off science wow day, when pupils look at a range of different inventions from a choice of Morse code, Steam, Photography, The Ipad, Aeroplanes, Automobiles and Rockets.
have been a sword fencing coach for many years and I have put all this experience into coming up with what I believe is an excellent sporting experience that is entirely different to any other sports that pupils may have tried.
Ideal for boys or girls, each session starts with a fun warm up followed by fencing games, ending with a medal for the best fencer and an end of day trophy for the overall winner.
Causing just as much as a buzz as when you have a Roman in school, my First World War school workshop takes pupils on a journey through the key events of WW1 in an exciting workshop designed to commemorate the centenary of the conflict.
Told via the story of my Grandad, a real WW1 stretcher bearer who wasn't allowed to carry a weapon, the workshop is ideally suited to the primary school environment as we spend the day looking not only at the expetcted soldier's tasks such as investigating a kit bag and marching, but also on stretcher bearer first aid.