‘What was Here Before?’ for Reception Classes

Hi Jenny,

Thank you so much for a great day yesterday; the children really enjoyed it and were all talking about it this morning!  It’s definitely the best way to learn about the past and bring it to life; the children remembered so much and even showed me the dance again! Nether Green Infants, Sheffield, 3 x Reception classes, ‘The Gingerbread Man’ based in Victorian Sheffield! February 2018





Maya – a new day!

The new History Van day about the life of the Maya people of Central America is now up and running! Here’s the comments from St Catherine’s Catholic School, Sheffield:

Hi Jenny,  

I wanted to say a huge thank you for an incredible day; the children thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learnt so much!

This is what some of the children said:

I liked being able to use a slingshot, I felt like a real Mayan!

I really loved being given a role, it was so fun!

I really liked making the worry dolls, they were nice to keep.

I liked how Jenny told us the story of the Mayans it was really interesting.

I liked that we were able to have a good/fun time while we were learning.

The dressing up as the Mayans and the Spanish was awesome!

Hope that other schools have booked this great experience.  


Y6 St Catherine’s Catholic Primary School, November 2016

BOOK NOW – the dates for next term are filling up fast!




The History Van takes Year Six back in time

The History Van takes Year Six back in time – June 2016, by J Janiszewski, Stocksbridge Junior School

The Year sixes were whisked away back to the time of the Great War today, when Ms Bland came to visit with the History Van.  The children were given the opportunity to learn even more about the harsh realities of the First World War.  There were opportunities to be recruited into the Pals of the York and Lancaster Regiment, prepare a ‘comfort box’ for the soldiers at the front and to design a medal to be worn throughout the day.

The session was paid for through the funds raised from the Poppy Memorial Trail, which Stocksbridge Juniors was proud to be involved in.  We would like to express our thanks to Ms Bland, Bradfield Parish Council and the Peak District National Park Authority for making this event possible – thank you!


Thank you for such a wonderful session today.  JJ SJS


World War 1 – My Village at War

Just wanted to say a huge thank you for the WW1 history morning you delivered at Nook Lane. It was fantastic, everyone learnt so much, with such a variety of activities. The assembly was brilliant too!

Thank you, Katie
Message from school after a recent WWI activity morning as part of the Bradfield Poppy Memorial Trail Project

Queen’s Birthday – 90 Years Young – The Roaring 20s

Last week The History Van ran the first of many bookings for the new session to celebrate the Queen’s 90th Birthday – ’90 Years Young – The Roaring 20s’.

And this is what they said:

‘Thank you for giving the children the opportunity to slide back in time to the 1920’s. I know they were buzzing with excitement and we had lots of very positive comments from parents so they obviously shared their learning at home. Please let us know what other sessions you offer for future use’. Wessington Primary School, Derbyshire.

So that’s a good recommendation! The session is available throughout May, June and July 2016. It can be for one class or a whole school! Contact Jenny on thehistoryvan@gmail.com for more details or to ask about availability and costs.


World War II ‘Blitzed’ session for schools

Message from Whiteways School, Sheffield following their ‘Blitzed’ morning on Wednesday as part of the Sheffield Blitz Memorial Trail project that The History Van is engaged with:

Thank you so much for your time. The children haven’t stopped talking about the day and have produced some lovely work.’ Whiteways Primary School, Sheffield