Archaeology at Whimpwell Street

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Challenges at Home:

Challenges at School:

  • See attached pdf for lots of ideas linked to history
  • Are there any other lost villages in Norfolk?
  • Find out about the history of your own village/town/city by studying old maps.
  • Lots of ideas to support history in schools here and here.
Teachers-Notes

‘The Deserving Poor’ – Life in a Workhouse

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Challenges at Home:

Challenges at School:

  • How do we look after people who need our help nowadays?
  • Find out more about life in a workhouse.
  • How did the Poor Law affect people? A wealth of classroom resources and ideas for further learning here. Please note that some sources may contain sensitive material so use with care.
  • Discuss the issues of worldwide poverty and what it means to be a global citizen. Other resources.

Buildings That Tell Stories – Holkham Hall

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Body Percussion

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Challenges at Home:

  • Can you create a family percussion piece? Base it on the one here and then invent your own!

Challenges at School:

  • Follow the instructions to create your own body percussion and then make your own group pieces.
  • Watch this wonderful piece from the BBC’s Ten Pieces and use the accompanying teaching resources.

The Horstead Centre – Outdoor Learning and Charcoal Making

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Challenges at Home:

Activity 1: Creating a Fantasy Forest Creature

  •  Could you create another type of creature who lives in the forest?
  •  Could you label the features of your creature e.g. curly horns, a long beard?
  • You might want to invent a name for your creature: this could be its type e.g. centaur or its actual name e.g. Desador.

Activity 2: The Book of Crimes

  • Gather the resources needed for this activity (slides 20-25)
  • Make your paper look ancient– adults will need to help with this!
  • Tear small pieces from the sides of the paper to make it look even older. Use your fingernail to make small tears or holes in other parts of the paper.
  • Using your stained paper create and write the names of the mountain creatures, the crime they committed and the length of time they were sent into exile.
  • When back in school make The Book of Crimes out of everyone’s pages.

Activity 3: A Magical Tree

  • Have a think about some of the trees that you have seen. Could they be magical?
  • Could you try to draw a magical tree?
  • Think about the features the tree has and what makes it different from the other magical trees in the story.
  • Around the tree make a note of the magical powers this tree possesses.
  • Only the older and wiser creatures know where these trees are, who in the forest knows about your particular tree?

Activity 4: The Forest Warden’s Job

  •  Imagine you’re a forest warden.
  • What kind of jobs might you be doing from day to day?
  • You could make a list, so you don’t forget all the jobs that as a forest warden you need to do.
  • When your list is finished you can get up and start to move about the room. Then move to other rooms in your house, acting out the various jobs you have listed.
  • You might decide to hold an imaginary net and start fishing the rubbish out of an imaginary river.
  • If it’s a dry day, pop on your coat and wellies and continue your pretend woodland conservation outside. If there are lots to still do take your adult with you!

Challenges at School:

Episode 1: Strange Creatures

Episode 2: The Mountain

  • Look carefully at the image of the mountain on slide 14.
  • What features do you notice?
  • How is it different is the mountain landscape from the pictures of the forest in Episode 1?
  • What dangers do you think might lie on the mountain?
  • Using a spider diagram use as many words as you can to describe what you see and feel about the mountain in Episode 2.

Episode Three: The Magical Tree

Episode Four: The Forest Wardens

Castle Acre – Norman landscapes in Norfolk

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Challenges at Home:

Activity 1 – The Traveller’s Possessions

  • How might the stranger protect himself as he journeyed towards the castle- maybe a sword?
  • What type of sword did the stranger carry- maybe a long sword?
  • Why were swords special to their owners- might they have been handed down through generations of family, or maybe stolen or won in battle?
  • Can you draw a long sword? Use the image in the slides to help you.
  • Can you write why this sword might be special to our travelling stranger?

Activity 2 – Murder Holes!

  •  Our story takes place in a castle.
  •  Medieval architects went to great lengths to protect the castle gateway, which was considered the weakest part of a castle’s defence. 
  • Using the information in Episode 2 of The Castle (slides 24-34), and maybe other things you will find in books and on the internet, have a go at designing a gatehouse that could withstand the most determined of attacks.
  • Remember, enemies can also be cunning and resourceful – employing such tactics as undermining and siege towers.

Activity 3 – The Traveller’s Journal

  • Use the information in Episode 3 of The Castle (slides 35-47)
  • Using a notebook write a short biography about who you think the traveller is and about the traveller’s background.
  • What do you think the traveller is going to write about in his small candle it room?
  • Maybe he will write about his journey through the storm, his mission to deliver the letter to the king, his impressions of the castle and the Earl. He might write some questions at the end.
  • Imagine you are the traveller. Write about your journey to the castle and any question you might have.

Challenges at School:

Activity 1 – The Traveller’s Possessions

Activity 2 – Murder Holes!

  • If you were the traveller, how would you go about convincing gate keeper you are who you say you are?
  • It won’t be easy – perhaps the traveller carries a token or a mark of identification?
  •  The person sat next to you is the gate keeper, you are the traveller, try to convince them of who you are then swop roles.

Activity 3 – The Traveller’s Journal

Wonderful Norfolk Words

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Challenges at Home:

  • Do you use any Norfolk words or phrases? Or does your family have phrases from other parts of the country/the world that you use?
  • Have a go at the crossword below.

Challenges at School:

  • Debate the use of local dialect versus the use of standard English.
  • Can you work out what the Norfolk names of animals are? (from the worksheet below)
  • Larn yarself Norfolk.
  • Write your own Norfolk poem.
Norfolk-Dialect-phrases-mentioned-by-Colin

I Was Called Dolly

Part One – Dolly’s Story

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Challenge at Home:

  • Search through your family photos/memory books – what can you find out about your relatives?
  • Ask one of your relatives about their childhood experiences.
  • Find out about your family history.
  • Try fruit picking like Dolly.
  • What are your family traditions?

Challenge at School:

Part Two – My Life in Service

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Part Three – Background to Dolly’s Story

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Challenge at Home:

  • How have buildings changed in your locality over the years? 
  • Visit Norfolk archives or your local library to find out about your local history.

Challenge at School:

Meet the Artists at the Norfolk and Norwich Festival

We would like you to invite you to meet some of our 2021 Norfolk & Norwich Festival artists, in these special video interviews. This trailer video is a gateway to many more full interviews with Festival artists, where they tell you all about themselves, their art form, their inspirations, give advice and talk about their careers. Each artist sets a Creative Challenge for you to try yourself linked to their art form and the work they do. Please give some of them a try and share what you do or create with us, either on social media by tagging @nnfest or email to Creative Learning Manager Sarah.Witcomb@nnfestival.org.uk These videos are also perfect for supporting an Arts Award or Artsmark journey, so please enjoy and make use of these great resources.

All videos can be found at nnfestival.org.uk/meet-the-artists