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New additions to our model aircraft: Sopwith Camel, Fokker and Zeppelin for WWI and a Supermarine Spitfire for WWII (to compare). We have noticed an increase in loans looking a the history of flight, so while these are military planes (bought with funding for a WWI project) we hope they will have a wider use in the classroom.
Why not use your red box loan to re-create an archaeological dig in the classroom? We have a great range of replica Roman artefacts in various materials which are perfect for supervised excavation. Use play sand or new clean topsoil and please wash the artefacts before you return them!
These are dyed yarns using the plant and animal dyes available in the Tudor era. We have packaged them with examples of the raw dye materal, and info to explain how fabric colours changed in Britain once trade was established with the New World. There are some real dried cochineal insects in this set. We think there is some interesting chemistry potential working with plant dyes. We also have Viking and Medieval sets.
2 Roman hats. The red one is a phrygian cap – associated with the temple of Mithras. This cap was adopted during the French Revolution when it was worn by revolutionaries as the red cap of liberty. The grey hat is a pileus cap – given to freed slaves in Roman times to symbolise their emancipation. It was worn by both slaves and free citizens during the December Saturnalia festival when social hierarchies dissolved into carnival licentiousness. What a lot you can get from a hat!
This is a replica Elizabeth I Tudor dress - based on a portrait of her when she was 13. The young wearer here was amazed at how heavy it is and how she had to have someone else to help her to dress and lace up the bodice. We have two of these specially commissioned dresses in the collection which can be part of your loan box.
Working with original documents. One of our favourite artefacts is this Islington school punishment book 1901-1945. The crimes of the children range from 'sulkiness' and 'gross carelessness' to 'urinating on another boy' or, in the case of poor, hungry Eileen Hall; 'Eating sweets. Denying that she had them. Then refusing to put them in basket'. Deciphering long-forgotten handwriting about everyday life from an original school document brings the classroom and its characters back to life.
Tudor history hotseat! This is from a teacher training session but you can do it with children too. Start with a costume or accessories and a range of artefacts to provide ideas for character and context. This was a Tudor apothecary, writing a letter to his supplier in the New World. He has a quill pen and black ink, a beeswax candle, a skull, fragrant herbs and various pottery vessels. This activity helps children put all their factual learning in a creative empathetic context.
Can you pose like Pepys? This costume (made specially for us) is based on the 1666 portrait of Pepys in the National Portrait Gallery. It is a loose fitting silk robe, so can be worn by children from Year 2 upwards. The original costume was so expensive that Pepys could only hire it to wear for the portrait. Many thanks to Ruben for modelling the costume for us with such gravitas on a very hot day!
Artefacts and costumes for New History Curriculum - Maya / AD900 These are some of our new Maya/Guatemala resources. We have some fabulous traditional Guatemalan costumes and textiles; a wide selection of replica ceramics from the ancient Mayan world; resources relating to chocolate and other crops; examples of the flora and fauna of Central America.
Banana leaf doll from Uganda. Could be part of a history Toys from the Past/Around the World topic, or Geography or Materials. We have had some enthusiastic feedback from teachers who have received this banana fibre doll from Uganda in their "Toys" loan box. We only have one in the collection so far, but are hoping to source some more soon. Find out more about this artefact on our objectlessons website. http://www.objectlessons.org/childhood-and-games-world/banana-fibre-doll-uganda/s82/a350/
Antarctic Explorers - a nice topic for Year 1 Significant People in Year. Here is a selection of some of our resources to help turn your classroom into a polar wasteland: ship, rope, lantern, map, pemmican (disgusting dried meat explorer food), huskies, penguins, reindeer fleece and cold weather clothing, Terra Nova enamelware, 1910s camera, copies of expedition watercolours and penguins galore.
This a display from a 1960s project we did with a local school - the model vehicles were really popular with the boys. Gender stereotyping we know but it is what got them engaged on the day! The 1960s saw the arrival of the Mini, the VW Beetle, the E-typeJaguar, Vespa, Concorde, Hovercraft and Routemaster bus. We have a range of vehicles from different eras too.
We have some great artefacts for "Britain from the Stone Age to the Iron Age". Resources include flint tools, real animal pelts, replica jewellery and coins, real ice age bones, food, plants and soft toy animals (wild boar, deer etc). We also have some good quality plastic shields based on real iron age finds.
A period costume always creates a "wow" introduction to a history topic. This Edwardian dress, paired with a replica Suffragette sash was part of a whole school Democracy loan.