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Key Stage 3 Workshops

From the struggle for the vote to the slave trade, 4schools has an exciting secondary History programme. Look at our programme of workshops below, or explore online teaching resources for Key Stage 3 or Key Stage 4.

Art

Attractions

Inspired by our attractions

Teachers and students are welcome to use our Museums and Attractions to learn about different art collections and draw inspiration for their own work. We have worked with schools on a range of different projects including ceramics, manga and repeating patterns. Please contact us for details.

Bespoke session

Art of manga

The art of manga

The roots of manga stretch back to 8th century Japan when writing, printing and art merged into a single distinct artform. This sessions focuses on the progression from sumi-e style to the woodblack prints made famous by Hokusai to the manga that is so popular today.

Bespoke Oriental Museum

Citizenship

Nationalities and diversity

Defining national identities

What does it mean to be British? These resources focus on how national identities emerge and whether they have any validity by comparing Britain to Vietnam, a country that has 54 officially recognised nationalities.

National Curriculum link: Diversity

Bespoke Resources, outreach

History

The Normans

The imposition of the Norman yoke?

The Normans certainly made their presence felt in Durham, building the Castle and the Cathedral. This session focuses on how they enforced their rule and considers why Durham and other places in the North East do not appear in the Domesday Survey.

National Curriculum link: Development of church, state and society in Medieval Britain, 1066-1509

Bespoke Palace Green Library, outreach, resources

Charters

Laying down the law: Magna Carta and other charters

Magna Carta was one of many charters issued by the monarch and other ley figures in medieval Britain. Find out more about this iconic document and the impact they had on people.

National Curriuclum link: Development of church, state and society in Medieval Britain, 1066-1509

Bespoke Palace Green Library, outreach, resources

Seals

Symbolism of seals

Seals were used to authenticate documents in the medieval period and they also acted as potent symbols for their owner. Find out more about their use and work out what people wanted to say about themselves.

National Curriculum link: Development of church, state and society on Medieval Britain, 1066-1509

Bespoke Palace Green Library, outreach, resources

Keeping the Faith

Keeping the Faith

The period of Reformation and Counter-Reformation was a turbulent time. In this session the students work with different sources to consider how people expressed their faith.

National Curriculum link: Development of church, state and society in Medieval Britain, 1509-1745

Bespoke Palace Green Library, outreach, resources

Civil War

War of words: The English Civil War

The English Civil War was fought as much in print as it was on the battlefield. This session uses pamphlets, books and other surviving material to consider its causes and the impact it had on the North East.

National Curriculum link: Development of church, state and society in Medieval Britain, 1509-1745

Bespoke Palace Green Library, outreach, resources

Witchcraft

Witchcraft for muggles

Designed to act as a supplement to students studying the Salem witch trials, this session focuses on works by Increase and Cotton Mather (the chief protagonists) before drawing parallels with instances of witchcraft in this country. The students then use a range of material to prepare for a mock trial.

Half day Palace Green Library or outreach

Jacobite Rebellions

Supporting the Stuarts: the Jacobite Rebellions

Using a variety of sources the students focus on the impact of the Jacobite Rebellions in the North East.

National Curriculum link: Development of church, state and society in Medieval Britain, 1509-1745

Bespoke Palace Green Library, outreach, resources

Remembering slavery

This session focuses on the transatlantic slave trade and includes interaction with primary sources and artefacts and the opportunity to take the part of a slave on our life-sized print of a slave ship. The workshop can cover a single class or a whole year group.

Outreach

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Political reform

The struggle for the vote

Using a range of primary sources this workshop can focus on key episodes in the long struggle for emancipation: 1832, 1867 and votes for women.

National Curriculum link: Ideas, political power, industry and empire, 1745-1901

Bespoke Palace Green Library

First World War

Call to Arms

An onsite visit designed to introduce students to aspects of the First World War. Activities include a document workshop using original sources, a trail around Durham focusing on the Home Front, Scout games and actvities used to train boys in the Edwardian period, and an object handling workshop,

National Curriculum link: Ideas, political power, industry and empire, 1745-1901

Full day; Bespoke Palace Green Library, outreach

First World War

What did you do in the war Daddy?

Many men signed up willingly to serve in the First World War but some men refused to fight. In this session, the students will be encouraged to look at the motivations behind both decisions before participating in a debate on the matter.

National Curriculum link: Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world, 1901 to present day

Bespoke Palace Green Library, outreach

First World War

What was it like to be "over there"?

Some people believe that life for the average soldier in the First World War was urelentingly awful, forced to fight on the orders of incompetent generals in terrible conditions only to see their comrades fall in fultile attempts to win hopeless battles. Others take a different view. They argue that life was not all bad, that there were high points as well as low points and that, in the end, the war was won by the Allies. The session uses primary sources material to examine what life was really like on the Western Front.

National Curriculum link: Challenges for Britain, Europe and the wider world, 1901 to the present day

Bespoke Palace Green Library

Books

What is a book?

Designed as an extra-curricular activity to challenge students, this session asks them to determine what makes a book a book before considering what books and manuscripts can tell us. It also includes the opportunity to try writing with quills, printing and finding out how books are made.

Half day Palace Green Library or outreach

Historical truth

What is historical truth?

Aimed primarily at gifted and talented students or to challenge A Level students, this session uses a range of primary sources to investigate the notion of historical truth.

Half or full day Palace Green Library or outreach

Religious Education

Oriental Museum

Comparative world religions

The collections of the Oriental Museum can be used to study religions from across the globe including Hinduism, Islam, Buddhism and Jainism. This session encourages students to learn more about different faiths through the artwork and other objects associated with them.

Half day Oriental Museum

Traffic and trade

Traffic and trade

A specially deisgned geography workshop that considers how the traffic management and retail offer of Durham has changed over time using photographs, maps and carryng out surveys in the town centre.

National Curriculum link: interpretation of sources of geographical information, population and urbanisation

Half day Palace Green Library

 

Geography

Antarctica

To tie in with a special exhibition that was held in winter 2015, we created a series of workshops that focused on the geography and science of the Antarctic. These are still available to be booked on on an outreach basis.

Half day: Outreach

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Remembering slavery

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Crime and punishment in Durham

1750 - 1900

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What was it like to fight in the Battle of the Somme?

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