Including larger than life, interactive performances, open-ended workshops and more intimate classroom-based sessions, our unique range of Creative History Workshops and Shows for Primary Schools offers pupils privileged perspectives on the lives of people in the past – and asks important questions about ways that the past has affected the present. And there are four exciting options awaiting you: The Brilliant Britons, Time Travel Theatre, Time Travel Tourists and Historical Maths.
The Brilliant Britons
Ten thousand years of British history in just an hour and a half!
Join our quarreling historians, Professor Past and Dr Dunne, as they trace their families’ roots from the dawn of the Stone Age to the end of the Second World War – taking in over ten thousand years of British history in a fast-paced and action-packed hour and a half. This hilarious and highly interactive presentation has the unique feature of covering key features of every age demanded by the National Curriculum, from the birth of civilization to the Roman invasion and from the Viking incursions to the rise of the Saxons – as well as paying brief visits to the bakery at the heart of the Great Fire of London, St Paul's Cathedral in Victorian times and the Home Front in World War II. Not only that, of course, but the experience can be enjoyed by up to 420 pupils in a single day - as well as supporting schools approaches to teaching British values.
"The students gained knowledge about WW1- how it began and life as a soldier, they developed their role play skills in the scenario workshop and learnt about how valuable team work is. We would definitely recommend you to other schools around the area, as well as other teachers who we are friends with. It was a really successful day and the children haven't stopped talking about it." (Class Teacher, Ditton Primary School)
Time Travel Theatre
Time Travel Theatre sees your school hall being turned into an historical playground, with up to 180 pupils being treated to an interactive performance. You then have the option of either up to six follow-up drama-based workshops exploring some of the themes in more detail, or hosting two different performances in a single day, exploring two different periods of history!
We've got packages exploring all of the areas covered by the National Curriculum - and more! Knowing the Neolithics explores the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages, whilst The Garrulous Greeks, The Rumbustious Romans, The Versatile Vikings, The Amazing Anglo-Saxons, The Tumultuous Tudors and The Vanglorious Victorians all speak for themselves! Living with the War looks at the causes, course and consequences of World War I through the eyes of two families - and Homing in on the Home Front investigates the impacts of World War II on those who remained in the UK.
"Ten out of ten! I was taken aback by just how good the Time Travel Theatre actors were – and by the impacts the workshops had on the pupils!” (History Co-ordinator, Christ Church Primary, Leigh)
“The feedback from teachers and pupils has been brilliant!” (Assistant Headteacher, Sudley Junior School, Liverpool)
Time Travel Tourists
Sees you inviting an influential figure from the past visiting one or more classes, taking part in a Q&A session with pupils – and telling their story through a range of drama activities. Visits can last from an hour to a whole day, depending on the number of classes you wish your visitor to meet – and are differentiated for age. Vincent Van Gogh, Kitty Wilkinson, Sir Walter Raleigh and King Henry VIII himself have all recently visited schools on our behalf – but let us know if you’ve got somebody else in mind!
“The interactive performance was brilliant and the children thoroughly enjoyed it. The actors were lovely and worked really hard during the day - Thank you!” (Headteacher, Weston Primary School, Runcorn)
“The children have learnt more from than this than from a thousand worksheets!" (Assistant Headteacher, Holy Family Primary School)
These uniquely cross-curricular programmes see children using a range of age-differentiated mathematical skills to solve problems from the past – whilst at the same time learning a wealth of new historical content. Lasting 90 minutes upwards, they can all accommodate up to 30 pupils at a time. You can choose from …
The Viking’s Quest –a mixture of myth and maths from the North!
CSI: Ancient Greece – who lifted Zeus’s Lightning Bolt?
CSI: Saxons – was it really Alfred the Great who burnt the cakes?
“As part of our Maths week, all KS2 children in the School had the CSI:Maths workshop. The children were buzzing about it all week and realised that Maths can be fun! I would highly recommend it and would not hesitate to use you again in the future." (Maths Teacher, St Benedict’s Primary)
Exploring the World of Explorers KS1
From Leif Erikson to Neil Armstrong, and led by our modern day explorer, Major Tom, this workshop introduces KS1 pupils to some landmark people and moments in the history of global exploration. They’ll consider what it takes to be a great explorer (including remembering the need to respect other cultures), engage in drama activities unveiling some set-piece expeditions and complete beautifully illustrated Timelines to record and celebrate their learning.
"The sessions were really hands-on and interactive and the children were always switched on. I feel they have learned a lot from the sessions and it will show in their upcoming history work. I know from discussions with the staff and pupils that it was an entirely enjoyable experience and you will be our first port of call for any future history topics. Thank you very much." (Rob Nixon, History Subject Leader, The Berkeley Primary School)
1066 and all that: A History of Britain
Extending children’s learning beyond the national curriculum, while also exploring British values, this KS2 workshop sees pupils working in teams of Historical Ambassadors to teach each other about some of the important moments, both famous and infamous, of British History since the Battle of Hastings. Armed with enticingly designed Fact files, teams will explore moments from the Black Death to the Second World War, selecting key facts and preparing and presenting short dramas to bring them to life. During the workshop, pupils will annotate our beautifully illustrated Timelines - which can either be taken home or used for displays.
Duration: Workshops last for 1-hour to half a day and preferably using the hall space.