Archives in the classroom
WYAS Education and Outreach Team offer several opportunities for archives to be brought into the classroom.
These exciting lessons link up with different parts of the curriculum and offer new and interesting ways to explore issues.
To find out more about any of the lessons, or to book a session please email email@example.com
What are Archives? FREE
Aimed at Key Stage 2 (although can be adapted for any primary age class, GCSE or A’ Level students.
This hour long session (often run alongside memory box in primary to make a full half day session) introduces the class to archives and the archivist. The activity sees a brief introduction to archives followed by a chance to be an archivist, put together and catalogue their own ‘collection’. The session also covers handling, preservation and storage of archives.
The main part of the session is to allow the class to handle and explore original documents – in key stage 2 Victorian school archives (where possible your own school's archives) will be used and for GCSE or A’ Level pupils appropriate documents will be selected.
Aimed at Key Stage 2 (but can be adapted for any primary age class).
This half day session (best run alongside What are Archives?) gives the class an opportunity to create archives for the future whilst learning handling original documents. The class will create their own register, draw pictures of the school today, create their own maps, whilst looking at maps of the past amongst, other activities.
COST £75 (all resources provided and left with the school)
Key Stage 2 and 3
Following the success of a HLF funded project we are able to offer a schools workshop exploring maps, in particular tithe maps. Pupils explore their local tithe map comparing and contrasting with now. The workshop also looks at perspective and how maps are created, as well as giving an opportunity to create modern maps.
As well as workshops in the classroom an assembly for whole school's years is available to introduce the subject.
Key Stage 2 and 3, GCSE
Mainly aimed at older history students but it has worked well with all ages. This session, which can last a half or a whole day, explores the value of oral histories in history. It looks at the origins of oral histories and how they can be used to find out about the past. It then allows the pupils to have a go at collecting oral histories.
This session also works well if tied into a celebration or event. It can also be done in conjunction with a local old peoples group; we have experience of training older pupils to collect oral histories as part of wider projects.