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Blue Kazoo in USA.

This year, Tom received a grant to visit schools, museums and heritage sites in Massachusetts, USA. He spent a month researching the methods of history re-enactments in popular tourist attractions to develop a bespoke classroom workshop for schools in Nottinghamshire. This is thanks to the support of Nottingham Roosevelt Memorial Travelling Scholarship and with funding from Nottinghamshire County Council.

Seeking Truth in Notts Heritage

Seeking Truth in Notts Heritage

An overview of my talk at the Nottingham Roosevelt Memorial Travelling Scholarship this week. It was such a pleasure to talk about my experiences in America to nearly a hundred guests at this year’s virtual Thanksgiving event.

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Working in a Castle

Working in a Castle

This is a huge opportunity to approach culture and heritage in a brand new way in Newark – especially considering the restrictions currently in place and the uncertainty within museums surrounding physical public engagement at the moment. 

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History is Not A Comfort Blanket

History is Not A Comfort Blanket

If, when studying history, you don’t come across things that make you feel uncomfortable, upset and/or angry, you’re not doing it right. History is not a comfort blanket, it is chequered with the good, the bad and the grey areas of humankind. – Rachel Smith

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What Can History Teach us Today?

What Can History Teach us Today?

Would Shakespeare be a good grief counsellor? How would Ignatius Sancho respond to racism in Britain today? What would Mary Shelley tell us about her experience as a female horror writer? This new video series could answer all of those questions.

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Newark Book Festival 2020

Newark Book Festival 2020

I hope I supported the festival in a small way and brought a smile to somebody’s face. Even if they were just wondering ‘who is this idiot?’

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5 Viking Recipes To Try At School

5 Viking Recipes To Try At School

Vikings had to be creative with their cooking. They required a balanced and nutritional diet to prepare them for battle.
Each of these simple recipes is based on Scandinavian dishes developed over centuries. These are simple enough to prepare in a school or to bring into a classroom to give your class a taste of Viking life.

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Scissors or Lawnmower?

Scissors or Lawnmower?

Each of our resources serves its own purpose. We should aim to find multiple uses for them, but we shouldn’t stress and spend too long trying to fit round pegs in square holes. 

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White-washing History.

White-washing History.

Shakespeare’s STD and the colonisation of USA. Which parts of history can we afford to lose when condensing a piece of history?

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Effective Fact-Learning Techniques

Effective Fact-Learning Techniques

I’ve always found images to be a lot more memorable than words. The amount of detail that can be crammed into a single image can be so much greater and emotive than language alone. Combining images (particularly using this overhead camera rig) with voiceover was a bit of an experiment to see how much more effectively I could remember facts when there was a logical narrative and visual stimulus throughout.

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The Power of a Name

The Power of a Name

Picking a name that suits your character is crucial. Yet, the opposite is true as well: characters can be built from something as simple as a name.

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COVID-19’s Impact on Learning

COVID-19’s Impact on Learning

The Coronavirus has introduced some truly unexpected side effects to learning. Aside from missing those crucial final months of the academic year, it has forced teachers to reconsider teaching techniques and the impact of learning from home. This will be summarised in three categories: digital resources, exams and transitions, and learning environments.

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The Perfect History Topic You Don’t Teach

The Perfect History Topic You Don’t Teach

Most of the time, I look for interesting approaches to topics that are done in almost every classroom every single year. However, this is one topic that you are probably less familiar with, and definitely don’t teach to your class.

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Enthusiasm is Contagious.

Enthusiasm is Contagious.

Many teachers spend too long focussing on how to keep every child in their class engaged in their lessons. If they switch the focus to finding new ways to keep themselves (the teacher) engaged, the class will follow. Enthusiasm is contagious.

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The Return of Byron

The Return of Byron

A new collaboration with Miner2Major project will see Lord Byron making a return to primary schools across Nottinghamshire. 

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What is a Trebuchet?

What is a Trebuchet?

Preparations are underway to make 2020 even bigger and better. A new range of props and costumes are being introduced as part of our ‘School Takeover’ series.

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Bloop Success

Bloop Success

The final video of our Bloop series was released this month. The responses to the videos has been overwhelming and we are so pleased to hear that they are being used in schools across the country.

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School Takeover!

School Takeover!

New for 2020! Live Encounters for the whole school. Following the success of our award-winning Live Encounters series, we have made them bigger so every class can experience it.

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Back to College

Back to College

Tom returns to his old college to speak to students about teaching opportunities and career options once they’ve finished their A Levels.

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World Book Day 2019

World Book Day 2019

WBD is always a highlight of the school year. It’s your chance to get your class excited about reading. Many schools and parents are restricted by budgets as the prices of children’s books seem to be increasing.

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The REAL School of Rock

The REAL School of Rock

A school in Bradford, UK has recently performed one of the biggest U-turns in primary school history by coming from a state of ‘Special Measures’ and into a the top half of performing schools in Britain. How? An extra six hours a week of music for every child. 

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Tiny Green Planet proved to be a success in schools across Nottinghamshire. The aim of the project was to engage children in a conversation about conservation. Classes were encouraged to think about the impact they have on the world and were asked what they would change if they could design their own planet. The project was such a success in one school that we actually left the planet with them for an extra week because the children had so many brilliant ideas!