History

Theatre Exchange aims to support schools to build creative practice into their curriculum and support their approaches to teaching and learning. Our History workshops pay close attention to the National Curriculum and are updated regularly to keep in line with government changes.

           
         

This workshop focuses on the South and South East of England and the major changes that took place over the course of over 4,000 years. Neolithic study follows two archaeologists on a dig who have very different opinions on who Stone Age Man was and encourages the ‘class archaeologists’ to challenge the myth that Stoneage man was a primative hunter/gatherer and looks at the evidence for complex communities who were multi skilled and pioneered the use of farming, domestication, mining and new house building techniques. The archaeologists then explore Stonehenge and how worship by the Ancient Britons led to the building of the greatest of prehistory monuments.

Finally in the year 780BC the pupils become the people who lived at Danebury Hill fort who under the guidance of the Druid have to contend with rotting seed grain, their warlike neighbours on Bury Hill and the displeasure of the gods.

back to top

 

 

This workshop explores the creation of Tenochtitlan and life in this incredible city, the Aztec Gods and sacrifice, the Arrival of Cortez and his Conquistadors.

Participants will witness these strange bearded invaders bring about the destruction of Montezuma, his people and their magnificent city.

back to top

Exploring the classical period of Greek history, the Persian wars, life in Athens and Sparta and how they shaped our world.

As citizens of Athens, students will take on some of the major battles and make key decisions which shape their city and its relationship with Sparta. Learning the value of religion to the Athenians and the origins of democracy, students will discover what it felt like to be a citizen of Athens.

Students are encouraged to express their own ideas in group discussions as they attend the Athenian Assembly and then vote, to decide the course of history.

By drawing comparisons with the meaning of citizenship in Britain today, the children will be able to consider their role as responsible citizens.

back to top

 

 

From the early Lindsfarne Raids through to the reign of Edward the Confessor, your pupils will create their own Viking character and journey through time on a long boat to look at family life and the role of Viking women, leisure and entertainment, Saxon resistance, Sagas, Viking gods, laws and justice and the key figures that shaped Britain. The workshop is a perfect introduction to the topic or an exciting recap that gives pupils the chance to experience life as a Viking warrior, bring dates and facts off the page and look at the legacy left behind.

Saxons - As the Romans Army withdraw from Britain pagan tribes fill the vacuum and change Britain’s landscape and culture. They will create the early settlements of Northumbria, visit the monastery at Lindesfarne in time for a Viking raid and go into battle with Alfred the Great. The workshop explores the roles within the social hierarchy and the jobs of the everyday villages, and looks at the Pagan Gods, worship and the conversion to Christianity.

back to top

The power of the Roman Empire and its determination to conquer Celtic Britain. Using imagination and role play, your students will explore, as Roman citizens, the Roman Forum in depth, engage with Roman religion, trade and politics.

After meeting Emperor Claudius at the Senate, the class become the Roman Army and march an invasion force towards Britannia. They will investigate life in a Celtic settlement, relive the uprising under Queen Boudicca, her subsequent defeat by the Romans and ensuing domesticity of Romano-British life.

This workshop is a fantastic way to further investigate the advance of the Roman Empire and its effect in shaping Britain.

back to top

 

 

As the Nile brought life to a desert land, let your pupils bring to life this extraordinary ancient civilisation.

In role as villagers by the banks of the Nile, the students learn the importance of the gods, the pyramids and the Pharaoh. Their characters will give offerings to please the gods of the Nile, bring gifts for the newly crowned Pharoah Djoser and work together to keep the village from being thrown to the crocodiles. In the hall of Osiris they experience the ritual of death and witness the weighing of the heart ceremony. Moving forward through time, the class become archaeologists working alongside Howard Carter. They uncover both the tomb of Tutankhamun and the deadly curse attached to it.

As they re-enact periods from the old, middle and new Kingdom the workshop is packed with fun facts, gripping stories and wonderful characters to inspire pupils’ curiosity to know more about this fascinating period of history.

back to top

From the War of the Roses to the Golden Age.

From the death of Henry VII to the end of Elizabeth’s reign, this workshop explores the characteristic features of the Tudor period exploring religion, health, entertainments and home life.

The students will see what happens behind the closed doors of Henry VIII, in a scene perfomed by the actors. Then they will question whether they should side with Henry over his divorce from Catherine of Aragon, create and stroll through the Tudor street under the rule of Mary I. Finally they meet Queen Elizabeth and her court, performing for her and her courtiers at the height of her reign.

Packed full of thought provoking exercises and drama activities this workshop is one of the most popular amongst Theatre Exchange bookers.

back to top

 

 

This is a wonderful experience that not only explores the story behind the history, but also develops ideas of team work and empathising with others. The children step back in time and experience what life was like for Londoners living on ‘Pudding Lane’ in 1666.

They discover how the cramped conditions and highly flammable housing caused the fire to spread faster than any fire in London before or since. As they desperately try to save their homes and possessions they meet Mayor Thomas Bludworth, Samuel Pepys and King Charles II.

back to top

An era of contrasts, from upstairs to downstairs where your students will learn about the extremes of the Victorian lifestyle.

Your class will discover the hardships faced by children during Victorian times as they head to the school room, work in the mines, the factory and in service. By contrast, they will stroll around The Great Exhibition and Funfair as they explore the scientific, social and economic developments of the time and the impact on the world we live in today.

An exciting peek into one of the most inventive periods of history where your students will enjoy finding out what we owe to the Victorians.

back to top

 

 

A sensitive venture into a key part of history which remains ever relevant to the world we live in today.

It is August 31st, 1939 and the people of London’s East End learn that their lives will never be the same again. The children will join Harold, Maureen and Doris Berry as they leave their home and begin a new life as evacuees in the seaside town of Worthing. The class of evacuees will experience local hostility, loneliness, rationing and blackouts.

Back in London, the evacuees’ parents Jeannie and Michael Berry try to cope with the blitz and the trauma of family separation.

Throughout this workshop, children will be in role and will engage and empathise with the characters they meet and the incredible situations they face.

back to top