Tom Hickathrift – Sharing The Plough

Tom Hickathrift (or sometimes Jack Hickathrift) is a legendary figure of East Anglian English folklore. He famously battled a giant, and is sometimes said to be a giant himself, though normally he is just represented as possessing giant-like strength.

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Challenge at Home:

Challenge at School:

  • Take a look at this wonderful website which celebrates the traditions, songs, stories and dances of the Tilney and Walpole villages. 
  • Has your local area got songs or stories associated with it?
  • Have a go at country dancing; here are the instructions for The Norfolk Long Dance
  • Come up with your own stories about how something in your locality came about. 

Putting on a Pageant

Putting on a Pageant in 1578 (POP 1578) is a FREE* online primary school heritage education programme. Through the lens of local history, POP 1578 explores the exciting story of Queens Elizabeth I’s journey across East Anglia culminating in magnificent festivities in Norwich in 1578.

Find out more
*First three sessions are free. The remaining 7 sessions are available for £50 per school.  

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Session One

Session 1: Journey of the Documents
Become ‘Document Detectives’ and discover clues about a very important event that happened in Norwich a long time ago.

Open session 1 on the POP 1578 website check what resources you need then open up the Google Slide Show and enjoy!

Challenge at Home:

  • Choose a treasured possession that belongs to you. (It does not have to be valuable, just treasured!)
  • Show your child your possession.
  • Tell them who gave it to you, why it was given and why you treasure it.
  • Together have a go at putting this possession into a story. You don’t have to write it down just take turns in adding to the story.

Session Two

Session 2: Preparing for a Pageant
In Preparing for a Pageant, students will learn the story of how the citizens of Norwich prepared for a royal visit.

Open Session 2 on the POP 1578 website check what resources you need then open up the Google Slide Show and enjoy!

Challenge at Home:

  • Parent/Carer: please ask your child to choose a treasured object which belongs to them.
  • Sit down somewhere quiet and using the words ‘who, when, why, where, how, what’ ask them to tell you about their treasured object.

Session Three

Session 3: Putting on a Pageant

In Putting on a Pageant, students will learn the story of the ‘Strangers’, Norwich textile worker’s pageant performance for Queen Elizabeth I as she entered the city in 1578.

Open Session 3 on the POP 1578 website check what resources you need then open up the Google Slide Show and enjoy!

Challenge at Home:

  • Parent/Carer: find a treasured possession that belongs to you.
  • Then have a conversation with them about it and set the object in a story. 
  • To further support this task encourage your child to use ‘interrogative words’ such as; who, when, why, where, how, what to create sentences.

Norwich City Football Club & Inspiring Norfolk

Norwich City Football Club:

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Challenge at Home

  • Talk about your aspirations
  • If your family is new to Norfolk, how do you feel welcomed?
  • How is Norfolk different to other counties?
  • What is your family history?
  • Keep up with the club’s news
  • How do you decide which sports team you will support?

Challenge at School

  • Can you map where all the players originate from?
  • What makes a place feel home?
  • Take up the writing challenge from the club’s players!
  • Find out about the Community Sports Foundation

John Paston of Norfolk

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Challenge at Home

  • Upcycle old clothes and use your imagination to dress up in the style of a historical period you are interested in.
  • Does your family have any letters, diaries or photographs from the past that you can explore? What do they tell you?
  • Do you have a family archive for later in life when someone wants to create your family tree?
  • Write a letter to you in 20 years tie to explain what life was like during the Covid lockdown.
  • Is there a site of a ruined castle near you?
  • Investigate the history of a local street, building or place. Many Tourist Information centres, museums and libraries have lots of information to help you.

Challenge at School

  • Examine all the resources on the Paston website.
  • See how many Norfolk places you can list with a Paston connection.
  • Do you think letters are a reliable record of the past?
  • What other families have influenced Norfolk’s history over the years?
  • Find out about Norfolk castles
  • Investigate the school archives – many schools have their old log books.
  • Create a local walk based on the history of your area to share with your community.

The History of Norfolk Migration

One of a series of films produced by Sheringham Little Theatre.

About the Project

We Are One – a Series of Short Films on Norfolk Migration

We Are One is an essential watch in our current times. It is a series of short films which tackle the way migrants can be stereotyped in Norfolk and highlights how important migration has been for the county. 

Drawing on local stories, talent and history, the series takes us on a journey from East Anglia’s beginnings to modern day. It inspires, educates, and entertains.

“All of the problems that people have with migrants, they don’t relate to me, they have created a migrant who doesn’t exist.” 

“We all want the same, we need to find what’s in common and build a better future.” 

Our School: Our World – Bishop Graham Usher

The Bishop of Norwich, Graham Usher, has accepted the invitation of the Archbishop of Canterbury to lead the Church of England’s Environment Programme with a charge to lead bold, deliberate, collaborative action across the Church to tackle the grave existential crises of climate change and biodiversity loss.

About the Project

How can we help to care for the planet?

This updated resource Our School: Our World by the Diocese of Norwich Education team outlines practical ideas from Christian and other perspectives to develop stewardship of God’s world in schools.

Transition Resources: Year 6 – Year 7

A set of ten lessons complete with professional storytelling videos, designed to encourage creative writing in those tricky post-SATS weeks.

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Lesson Resources

A set of ten lessons complete with professional storytelling videos for your Y6.

Designed to encourage creative writing in those tricky post-SATS weeks, the lessons are all based on the Norfolk Hikey Sprite myth and build towards the higher skills and knowledge for their next step at secondary school.

Video of the recent webinar introducing the materials by the teachers that wrote them

Norfolk Welcomes the World

A Day of Welcome is a day of solidarity and learning in schools that aims to build a culture of welcome and understanding for refugees and asylum seekers.
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About the Project

Who is it for?

A Day of Welcome is an opportunity for schools to engage with issues relating to refugee migration, and to understand what it means to be seeking sanctuary. Schools can register to receive exclusive access to resources, suitable for their age group. If you are based in Norfolk, Cambridgeshire or Essex there are also additional materials available which explore refugee histories in your county.

What does it involve?

There is no fixed template for how A Day of Welcome should operate. You can pick and choose what fits your situation from the resources and recommendations that you will receive. It is designed to be a focal point for children and young people to be involved with Refugee Week 2021 (14-20th June).

Storytime with Jonny and Jelly

Jonny and his dairy cow, Jelly, are back for another adventure in a new and free to download storybook. On a mission to help tackle nutrition education, they’ve even teamed up with registered nutritionist, Rhiannon Lambert to help them out!

Loaded with information about why nutrition is so important, children are immersed into Jelly’s inquisitive nature as they discover more. The book even features handy information including exactly what’s in a glass of milk, coupled with fun family friendly recipes to try at home.

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Challenge at home

Challenge at school

Additional Videos

Additional Videos

How Kettle Chips are Made

We follow the journey from farm to factory and from potato to packet and get a behind the scenes look at how Kettle Chips make their famous crisps in Norwich.

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Things to do at home

  • Talk about where food comes from. Try to use local ingredients to create a meal that everyone will enjoy.
  • Try new and interesting flavours of crisps – have a family taste off – can you name the brand/flavour?
  • Grow your own potatoes in a bucket. 
  • Get stencilling with potatoes to design your own wrapping paper/cards 

Things to do at school