If you are looking to extend learning beyond the classroom, create home projects, or add something a little different to your teaching of history then I am compiling a list of resources here for you.
- Local History Resources
- Stone Age
- Ancient Egypt
- Ancient Greece
- Anglo Saxon
- Knights & Castles
- World War Two
- Moon Landings
MORE COMING SOON
Local History Resources
- Sheffield Libraries blogspot focuses on different periods in the city’s past.
- An amazing Viking site to visit in nearby Sherwood Forest.
- Why not make write a letter to an older member of your family, or even to a local care home with older residents. Ask them questions about what your town or village was like when they were your age. If you are writing to a local care home, include a stamp addressed envelope and you might get a reply!
- Why not make a time capsule about you, your family, and what is happening at the moment. You could use an old plastic bottle or a tin. What could you include? A letter? A photograph? A printout of the newspaper headlines? What would you want someone from the future to know about what is happening today?
- You can use THIS LINK to make your own VIRTUAL MUSEUM. Choose a topic that interests you, research interesting objects, people or photographs to include. You could make your exhibition all about yourself or your local area.
- This link takes you to a video that tells you lots about the early cameras and the Victorian photographers that used them!
- Make your own pinhole camera – a Pringles tube looks like good material for this.
- This link has some information on where specific street names in Sheffield have come from. For those local to Sheffield some of these are REALLY interesting.
Some fabulous learning resources are here by Creswell Crags.
Meet a prehistoric flint miner in this video clip by English Heritage.
Join these children on a trip to the Museum of London to find out how Stone Age tools were made.
Dress up like someone from the Stone Age using these downloadable props.
Watch about Skara Brae, a Stone Age village
- Explore ancient Egypt, make a mummy and see your name in hieroglyphs.
- Watch a video clip about how mummies were made
- See inside a pyramid. (Click on “Launch Interactive” and select “Khufu Pyramid”. This activity uses Flash and may not work on all browsers.)
- Meet an Ancient Egyptian pharoah
- Watch a video clip about everyday life in Ancient Egypt
- Dress like an Egyptian and find out more about life in ancient Egypt. (Scroll down and click on “Dress like an Egyptian” or try a different activity.)
- Listen to a scientist answering questions about mummies from children
- Watch a clip about how they built the pyramids.
- Take an Egyptian art lesson – lots of creative ideas and resources
- Meet the Gods!
- Meet the Gods and Goddesses of Ancient Greece and explore tales of Odysseus, Jason and other heros
- Find out how the Olympic Games began
- Find out what the Greeks did for us in the video clip
- Learn about Greek theatre in this video clip
- Make your very own scratch art Greek Vase
- Watch a day in the life of a young man in Roman Britain
- Lots of downloadable and printable activities
- Learn about mosaics and then make your own
- Learn how to put on a toga
- Find out how the Romans conquered Britain
- Watch the clip to learn what the Romans did for Britain
- Play a Quiz with Horrible Histories’ very own Rattus Rattus
- https://www.bbc.co.uk/bitesize/topics/zxsbcdm A series of clips and interactive activities about all aspects of Anglo Saxon life.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=t-gUVHKR_qI Meet an Anglo Saxon soldier as he guards Offs’s Dyke
- https://ashmolean.web.ox.ac.uk/anglo-saxon-chronicles-887-ad Read a translation of a Viking Raid into Anglo Saxon lands AND hear the original being read aloud!
- https://www.english-heritage.org.uk/members-area/kids/anglo-saxon-england/ Lots of activities including some Anglo Saxon feast recipes for your to try at home.
- https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uoy-FmhNmSI Did King Arthur really exist? Watch this clip and find out more.
- http://www.bl.uk/turning-the-pages/?id=fdbcc772-3e21-468d-8ca1-9c192f0f939c&type=book Have a look at this amazingly illuminated book, made by the monks at Lindisfarne in the 700s.
A great short video clip explaining a little more about Viking Runes – and interestingly the origin of the bluetooth symbol (FUN FACT TIME!)
Listen to some of the Viking Sagas, adapted for younger audiences, with English tasks attached too!
How to make your own Viking Longship!
All about a real life Viking Sock. I am just going to leave that description there, because it is brilliant.
A Viking Bread recipe and some colouring sheets.
A look at how the Vikings fought.
A video clip of the day in the life of a Viking.
Knights & Castles
To learn more about the recent discoveries from Sheffield Castle visit this site. It is a bit grown up but the information is fascinating.
Find about about a day in the life of a knight.
How much do you know about defending a castle?
A video clip on how to attack castles – useful to test if your castle design would survive!
World War Two
You could do a scavenger hunt with a difference. Use this list of items an evacuee was allowed to pack to take with them. Give the child a small bag/case and ask them to go and find the items on the list to take with them.
If you are able, take a walk to your local war memorial, or you could search for a picture of it online. Find some names of those who lost their lives in the Second World War and then use the Commonwealth War Graves Website to research a little more about them.
- Download this FREE guide to being an astronaut, especially written for children from Your Book Corner – an Independent Usborne Organiser
- Watch this short video all about the Apollo 11 flight from Nat Geo Kids
- Meet a friendly alien called Paxi and find out what you need to live on the Moon
- This National Geographic Video is all about the Space Race
- Go on a tour of the International Space Station
- Explore the Constellations with Mindy and learn to name the stars you can see in the night sky.
- In 1969 Astronauts wore a type of nappy to deal with going to the toilet in space. Learn how they go to the toilet now.