History Workshops for KS1

Our Key Stage One (KS1) History drama workshops support many strands of the KS1 History curriculum. Our sessions give children a memorable and accessible way of engaging with and learning about historical characters, periods and events.

The drama workshops are led by one facilitator, often in-role as a historical character such as Florence Nightingale.

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You will find the following topics and more in the sections below. Just click the drop-down menus to get more information.

Changes Within Living Memory: Magical Toy Museum; Seaside Journeys

Awareness of the Past: Quest for Kings, Queens and Castles (Middle Ages); The Prince and the Pauper (Tudors); The Victorians

Significant Individuals: Guy Fawkes; Florence Nightingale; Mary Seacole; Ada Lovelace; Christopher Columbus; Neil Armstrong; Inspiring Women

Important Events: Great Fire of London; First World War; Titanic; Black History

  • Changes Within Living Memory
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester
      
     
     

    Magical Toy Museum

    KS1. (L, NW, SW, WM) Late in the day, when all the visitors have gone home, your children enter the Magical Toy Museum. Using their bodies, voices and imaginations they will bring to life toys, both old and new, including china dolls, teddy bears and clockwork robots.

    Read more here.  

     
     

    Seaside Journeys

    KS1. (L, WM) Visiting seaside holiday destinations from 1910 till today, children will explore how holidays and pastimes have changed over the past century in a session filled with holiday fun.

    Read more here.  

       
     

    Up and Down the Ages

    KS1. (L) In this fast-paced journey from Ancient Greece to the present day, your KS1 children will explore five different time periods using music, dance and artefacts, meeting Samuel Pepys, Rosa Parks and Tim Berners-Lee.

    Read more here.  

     
     
  • Awareness of the Past
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester
      
     
     

    Quest for Kings, Queens and Castles

    KS1 & Y3. (L, NW, SW, WM) Lower the drawbridge, cross the moat and join the Knight of Knowledge on a quest to discover life inside a medieval castle. 

    Read more here.  

     
     

    The Prince and the Pauper

    KS1 & KS2. (L) Discover what happens when a prince and a pauper trade clothes and lives! Get whisked away to Tudor England in Mark Twain’s tale of mistaken identity.  

    Read more here.  

     
     

    Victorian Homelife and Toys

    KS1. (L) The new 'servants’ at Sudbury Manor must complete all household chores to the housekeeper’s satisfaction if they are to enjoy the toys at the end of a long day. 

    Read more here.  

     
     

    Victorian Schooldays

    KS1 & KS2. (L, WM) Transport your classroom back to 1899 and give your children a lesson they won’t soon forget as our Victorian schoolteacher assesses handwriting, drill and arithmetic. 

    Read more here.   

  • Significant Individuals
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester
     
      
     

    Guy Fawkes

    KS1 & KS2. (L, NW, WM) Join our Time Traveller on an interactive journey back to 1605. Meet Guy Fawkes and the King whilst uncovering the Gunpowder plot and participating in debates.

    Read more here.  

     
     

    Florence Nightingale

    KS1. (L, NW, SW, WM) Travelling with Florence to Scutari hospital and role-playing scenes from her life, your class will explore her childhood memories as well as her nursing legacy. 

    Read more here.  

     
     

    Mary Seacole

    KS1. (L) As Mary shares her stories and explains the challenges she faced, your children will witness her encounter with Florence Nightingale and help the famous nurse set up the British Hotel.

    Read more here.  

     
     

    Adventures in Computing with Ada Lovelace

    KS1 & Y3. (L) The amazing Ada Lovelace will inspire your children with her love of maths and coding. Journey through the history of computing and engage in exciting algorithm activities. 

    Read more here.  

     
     

    Columbus and Armstrong

    KS1 & KS2. (L, NW, WM) Explore the life and times of these two intrepid explorers by recreating their journeys. Your pupils will discover the many similarities between these two men. 

    Available with a sole focus on Columbus or Armstrong

    Read more here.  

     
     

    Inspiring Women

    KS1 & KS2. (L, NW, SW, WM) Led by Hera, the Greek Goddess of Women, inspire pupils with the lives and legacies of Amelia Earhart, Frida Kahlo, and Rosa Parks.

    Also available with Emmeline Pankhurst and/or as Large Group

    Read more here.  

  • Important Events
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester
      
      
     

    Great Fire of London

    KS1. (L, NW, SW, WM) Experience London in 1666 as we recreate life in Pudding Lane, become the fire as it grows and spreads, meet the famous diarist Samuel Pepys, and debate the rebuilding of the city.

    Read more here.  

     
     

    Quest for First World War

    KS1. (L, NW, WM) Children are transported back to the time of the Great War to explore life in the trenches, the point when the Allies began to gain ground, and celebrate the Armistice 1918.

    Read more here.  

     
     

    Titanic

    KS1 & KS2. (L, NW, SW, WM) Go back to April 14th 1912. Learn about the maiden voyage of this iconic ship, the people on board and how tragedy struck.

    Read more here.  

     
     

    Black History: A Celebration

    KS1 & KS2. (L) As your children discover more about the abolition of slavery and the Windrush generation, they will also encounter unsung heroes from Black history. 

    Read more here.   

Black History Month

We enjoy celebrating significant individuals and commerorating events from Black history all year round. If you are looking for unique sessions to bring Black history to life, click here.

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