Archaeology at Whimpwell Street

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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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Castle Acre – Norman landscapes in Norfolk

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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

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.

Piers Poem

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Challenge at Home

  • Explore other poems about Norfolk.
  • Take a notebook out and about with you and jot down ideas to help you to write your own poetry, or write a poem as a family.
  • Or even write in the sand.

Challenge at School

  • Discuss the poems – have you ever felt like Piers or witnessed the things he describes in the second poem?
  • Magpie some of Piers’ ideas and phrases to build your own class or group poem about Norfolk or your local area.
  • Ideas to support teaching poetry.
  • Watch this video alongside “We are one” and explore the themes of “welcome” and “migration”.
  • Use drama to support children and young people know how to stand up against racism.

St Peter Mancroft – What’s in a name?

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Challenge at Home:

  • Look at the names in your family tree. Has anyone got a name linked to the time of year they were born? Or is there a name that passes down the generations?
  • Explore the collective names of animals – test your family!
  • Visit your local church and/or war memorials and look at the names. Are there names you would recognise today? 
  • Explore wood and stone carvings in your local church.
  • With adult supervision, try carving a flower or animal in a bar of soap.
  • Explore Latin names of flowers – visit your local garden centre or open garden.

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Captain Manby

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Challenge at Home:

  • Do you have a museum local to you to visit? Many museums offer online visits currently.
  • What would you like to be invented to help you in the home? 
  • Look for blue plaques in Norfolk
  • Make your own breeches buoy to rescue your lego people/soft toys

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Kett 1549: Rebel or Hero?

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Challenge at Home:

  • What history is on your doorstop?
  • Look at old maps of your area.  How has your neighbourhood changed over the years? 
  • Go on a local walk and collect street names. Are there any that are dedicated to a famous local person?

Challenge at School:

  • There are lots of topics to discuss through this film: Do we live in a fair society? Is it right to hang people? 
  • What deterrents are in place in current times? 
  • Locate on a map the places that are mentioned in the film. 
  • Find at more about Robert Kett

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