History for Home Educators
Following the success of our History for Home Educators over the winter and summer of 2019, we are delighted to have put together two more series, one of which will be in Bristol. Our history is experiential and immersive. We use archaeology, artefacts, imagery and activities to bring history alive and to inspire children to be inquisitive about our past.
One week we may be examining a 500,000 year old axe, another learning about Shakespeare through the medium of an Elizabethan sixpence. We might be recreating palaeolithic rock art (very messy) or mesolithic footprints (also very messy). We overlie our sessions with quite abstract themes that may be as applicable today as they were in antiquity - this is not necessarily history of specific events. Whilst our themes may appear rather random, they are brought together by ideas, creative thinking and other disciplines - science, literature, art and geography frequently link our topics.
Our students tend to be aged between 9 and 13 although our sessions are suitable for younger and older children as well as we do not follow an age related curriculum. Parents and carers are most welcome to remain on site, participate, or relax with a cup of coffee.
In Bristol our classroom is fabulous landscape of the Blaise Castle Estate within which our explorations will takes us from the very deepest of prehistory right up to the Norman conquest. Whether trying on some Bronze Age jewellery or examining Iron Age coins, our Bristol series brings an outdoor archaeological approach to local history.
Bristol dates and themes for 2919
September 18th - Hunters and Gatherers on the Downs
October 2nd - Farmers on the Blaise Estate
October 16th - The Age of Metals
October 30th - Romans in the West Country
November 13th - Beowulf and Blaise
November 27th - Conquest
In Gloucester we are exploring history through the eyes of the Periodic Table, in celebration of the 150th anniversary of this iconic image. Curious about the connection between Iridium and dinosaurs, or Molybdenum and the Second World War? Join us at our beautiful Wotton House venue for a series of innovative and inspiring hands on history sessions.
Gloucester dates and themes for 2019
September 25th - Cobalt: the Swedish Empire and supernovae
October 9th - Hydrogen: the beginning of everything
October 23rd - Iridium and Rhenium: possibly not the dinosaurs' best friend
November 6th - Cerium: streetlights and Mahlar
November 20th - Iron and Europium: aeroliths and not a mention of Brexit, we promise!
December 11th - Molybdenumgate: A World War 2 controversy
Our themes are very fluid and can change at short notice, or even during the session, depending on the direction our discussions and activities take.
The cost is £12.50 per child per session. Sessions may be booked in blocks of three or six sessions. In both locations our sessions run from 11.00 to 12.30.
To make a booking or for further information, please contact us