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Spring Primary History Network

This session was recorded on Thursday 22nd February, 2024. Answers and comments may be in reference to the chat feed which you cannot see and therefore could seem out of context. You may use this session in your own school including all approaches, ideas and shared resources. You may NOT share these more widely without express written permission from Mr T does Primary History Ltd. This can be requested by emailing stuart@mrtdoeshistory.com with the subject: Spring Network Sharing.

The sessions are priced so reasonably to ensure as many teachers can access it as possible. This is impossible if people share the resources. Thank you for your cooperation.

I was joined by Leigh from Historic Workshops to discuss how their workshops can enhance primary history. Leigh had recently run a WW2 workshop at the school I teach at so I recounted how we found the day. Please note: the school paid for the workshop and I receive no financial remuneration for the review.

If you would like to see more about workshops from their extensive offering, please take a look at their website. You can also follow them on Facebook and Twitter to see more of what they offer and reviews from teachers who have enjoyed a workshop.

Links and Suggested Resources:
HA in Conversation with Ofsted
My YouTube videos on Historical Concepts
A House that Once Was by Julia Fogliano

This term’s network meeting focused on using technology to support the implementation of the history curriculum through my guests Glenn from History Rocks – Creative Primary Teaching and Stuart from PrimeVR. Alongside this was the discussion between Glenn and Mr T unpicking last Summer’s Ofsted subject report.

The live session was recorded on the 16th November 2023. Comments and responses may be made in reference to the chat box therefore may mean they sound out of context. The book giveaway was done off screen because of time constraints and, because of GDPR, I cannot share the document that the names were linked to.

Book Giveaway:

UK Disability History Month takes place annually from November 16th to December 16th. It is an opportunity to share stories of people, places and events in the past that offer children with additional needs or a disability may see themselves in. The books given away are stunning and are fabulous to have on your book shelves year round. I would heartily recommend both of them!

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PrimeVR:

PrimeVR is the UK’s leading VR workshop company for schools and was founded in 2017 by Stuart Gent, a qualified teacher and passionate EdTech advocate. With the use of immersive technology, PrimeVR is able to bring the outside world into the classroom and transport students through time and space. Imagine visiting the Colosseum whilst learning about the Romans or blasting off into space during a topic on the Solar System. Our team of qualified teachers and passionate educators can deliver a range of workshops within your school to help bring learning to life and create some excitement around your topics.

You can access their workshop catalogue here.

History Rocks’ recommended sites and apps

Websites

Mozaik3D – www.mozaweb.com/mozaik3D

Sketchfab – www.sketchfab.com

Blooket – www.blooket.com

Twinkl AR Resources – https://www.twinkl.co.uk/search?q=augmented+reality&c=244&ca=23&ct=ks2&r=teacher

Thinglink – www.thinglink.com

Apps

History At A Glance – iOS – https://apps.apple.com/us/app/history-at-a-glance/id923296296

Civilisations AR – iOS/Android – https://apps.apple.com/my/app/civilisations-ar/id1350792208

Pose – Android – https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.pose.starter&hl=en_GB&gl=US

Inspire Education

If you are interested in a free trial of inspire, please click here. You can speak to Luke Whitehouse (company director) and discuss the range of options for subscriptions. Please do click how did you hear about us and mention either Glenn Carter, Stuart Tiffany or PrimeVR to support our work.

Spring 2024 Network – 22nd February – content TBC

This term’s session was recorded on July 4th via zoom. We went through the usual features and resource sheet supplied by the lovely Bev Forrest. Comments and answers may appear out of context because you are unable to see the chat feed. The resources and ideas may be used in your school but do NOT share the recording as this damages small businesses even when done with the best of intentions.


Stuart made use of inspire.education during the session. You can arrange a trial for free here:

To arrange a trial or demonstration of inspire.education, please contact Luke here:

Booking calendar:https://calendly.com/inspireeducation/nextsteps?back=1&month=2022-06
Website: www.inspire.education
Email: luke@inspire.education

Inspire have a number of free resources available on their YouTube channel too!


Judy’s Focus:
Digimaps who have a range of videos freely accessible on YouTube.

Daisy’s Focus:
Sharing the brilliant work that the Heritage Schools programme do with schools and the map packs they produce.
Heritage Schools
Archive Education Resources
Enriching the list sample video can be accessed here.

Recommended Books:
Mr T does Primary History by Stuart Tiffany
Amazon
Waterstones

This book focuses on considerations related to the sequencing, planning and teaching of a unit of history in primary schools. It combines general academic research, history-specific research and years of classroom practice. It is designed to start conversations and provoke thinking!

If you’d like to buy a copy from Stuart directly, please email the request over to stuart@mrtdoeshistory.com

If you have a request for the content of the network in Autumn or beyond, please do let me know as I’m always interested in guest speakers and subjects to cover.

I just wanted to send a quick email to say how fantastic the resources and planning are for your recent unit on Ancient Greece. So far, I have only done the first session, but have prepared/read through the second session and it is so pleasing that I have very little to do for it!! The kids loved the lesson style - so much time to chat and dig deep into proper history talk and I feel their learning will progress so much more satisfactorily because of all this.

A. Amos – Teacher, Leeds

Your visit was really inspiring, and having a pair of impartial eyes to look over our curriculum and books is just what we needed. We have really clear points going forward on how we can improve. Staff were so positive about the training too, something for everyone to take away. I'll be doing a follow up staff meeting in a few weeks.   You are genuinely brilliant at what you do and it was great to chat with a fellow history nerd! Really appreciate the documents you have sent over too, very generous.

N. Evans – History Lead

Really informative, great ideas, helpful advise and some fab resources. Thank you so much

C. Fielder, Curriculum Lead, Milton Keynes

We had a training day today; it was both fun and very inspirational. Lots of sensible and clear ideas to make History more engaging and purposeful for pupils.

A. Wells, Deputy Headteacher, Lincolnshire

I can’t recommend Mr T does Primary History enough. I am new to leading this particular subject and I left his training today feeling completely inspired. Thanks again Mr T

Louise Hill, History Subject Lead

Just purchased the Ancient Greek unit plan for 3/4 and its excellent! Certainly made my planning a lot easier! Many thanks, look forward to buying other units throughout the year!

I. Fern, Teacher

Awesome day spent with Mr T today going through our books and curriculum with a fine tooth comb. Great to know we were on the right track and to get clarity and direction on what we weren't sure about. Great staff meeting about how to use historical sources in a range of ways across the year groups.

H. Doust, History Subject Lead, Kirton Lindsey School