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Royal Charter Shipwreck case study

The 'Great Storm of 1859', one of the most destructive storms in British history, hit the coast of Wales on 25-26 October 1859. Nearly 150 ships were lost, the most famous of which was the steamship Royal Charter, which wrecked off the coast of Anglesey with the loss of 450 lives. The shipwrecks of the Great Storm provide a unique window on the Victorian period in Wales - a moment in time through which to explore our trading links with the wider world, forgotten maritime industries, and the society of the day.Three schools from Anglesey spent several months studying the Royal Charter shipwreck, in a joint partnership project between Cadw and the Royal Commission on the Ancient and Historical Monuments of Wales (RCAHMW). Read about their project, get great ideas for classroom activities and see examples of the work produced by the pupils. You can also explore the source material they used here on People's Collection Wales, including beautiful gold artefacts and everyday objects recovered from the Royal Charter shipwreck. Key Stage 2History, Literacy skills, Numeracy skills Case StudySee how other schools have used our website to give you ideas for your own digital projects. 

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Mapping the Model case study

Mapping the Model was an Arts Council of Wales Lead Creative Schools Project, that took place in Model Church in Wales School, Carmarthen, in the Spring Term of 2018. The project was a collaboration between artist Rowan O’Neill and the Year 4 Creative Group, and was designed in response to the brief prepared by the school: Can an exploration of deep mapping, via Welsh poetry and drama, improve confidence and oracy skills and enhance creative thinking for pupils in Year 4?The challenge of this project was to find different ways of mapping links between the school and the town of Carmarthen, including geography, history and legend. The result was an investigative project around the concept of mapping, that used People’s Collection Wales to digitally publish and record the diverse work created. Key Stage 2History, Geography, Literacy skills, Numeracy skills, Digital Competence Framework Case StudySee how other schools have used our website to give you ideas for your own digital projects.

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Tudor Houses and Homes

What kind of homes did people have in Tudor times? What did they look like, how were they made and what were they made of? Were they simple or luxurious? Look at photographs, drawings and plans of different Tudor houses. Develop planning, thinking and communication skills, and learn about life in Tudor times.This resource is bilingual. Key Stage 2History, Literacy skills Learning Activity PackThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content.

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Victorian Swansea - People and Possessions

What objects did the people of Swansea have in their houses in the mid-19th century? When you visit a museum you will see displays of household objects and everyday items that have survived from the 19th century. Some have been handed down through families, some have been found by archaeologists, some have been bought or borrowed, some have been donated to the museum. Some relate to people's work, some to running the household, some to leisure and pastimes.Objects can tell us a lot about how people lived, how well-off or poor they were and what sorts of materials and manufacturing were available. We can also see what sorts of things were bought and sold, used and treasured, thrown away or lost by people in the past.This Learning Activity has everything you need to run a session yourself in the classroom, and can also link with school workshops at the National Waterfront Museum and Swansea Museum. Key Stage 2History, Computing, Literacy skills Learning Activity PackThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of 3 relating to 'Victorian Swansea' for KS2.

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Victorian Swansea - People’s stories

Who were the Victorians of Swansea? How can we find out about the ordinary people who lived and worked in Swansea in the 1850s? What was Walter Butt doing with a pineapple? Why was Mrs Phillips criticised for selling fruit on a Sunday?This Learning Activity explores some of the sources which briefly record moments in the lives of the people who otherwise disappear from history and encourages students to interpret the sources and create characters themselves. Key Stage 2History, Computing, Literacy skills Learning Activity PackThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of 3 relating to 'Victorian Swansea' for KS2.  

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On Your Doorstep - School Log Books

Using archives to explore local history. This resource explores how you can investigate the history of your locality using school log books as a type of source found in local and national archives or record offices in Wales. It forms part of a series forming the basic building blocks for finding out about local history.The resource is intended as a guide for teachers, helping them to use primary sources in the classroom. The resource can also help teachers work with their local archive to locate similar sources for their own locality. It aims to introduce teachers and students to the types of archival sources used for local history and to familiarise them with the form, appearance and content of the sources. Key Stage 2History, Literacy skills Learning Activity PackThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of 8 relating to 'Using Archives to Explore Local History' for KS2. 

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Wales at War - Cardiff during WW2

What was daily life like in Cardiff during World War 2? Whilst investigating digital copies of primary sources from Glamorgan Archives, learners will develop an understanding of daily life in Cardiff during WW2. Pupils will establish the date for the outbreak of war and investigate air raids, evacuation, rationing and VE Day. Key Stage 2History, Literacy skills, Numeracy skills Learning Activity PackThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. 

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On Your Doorstep - Sales Catalogues

Using Archives to Explore Local History. This resource explores how you can investigate the history of your locality using sales catalogues as a type of source found in local and national archives or record offices in Wales. It forms part of a series forming the basic building blocks for finding out about local history.The resource is intended as a guide for teachers, helping them to use primary sources in the classroom. The resource can also help teachers work with their local archive to locate similar sources for their own locality. It aims to introduce teachers and students to the types of archival sources used for local history and to familiarise them with the form, appearance and content of the sources. Key Stage 2History, Literacy skills, Geography Learning Activity PackThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of 8 relating to 'Using Archives to Explore Local History' for KS2. 

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On Your Doorstep - Trade Directories

Using Archives to Explore Local History. This resource explores how you can investigate the history of your locality using trade directories as a type of source found in local and national archives or record offices in Wales. It forms part of a series forming the basic building blocks for finding out about local history.The resource is intended as a guide for teachers, helping them to use primary sources in the classroom. The resource can also help teachers work with their local archive to locate similar sources for their own locality. It aims to introduce teachers and students to the types of archival sources used for local history and to familiarise them with the form, appearance and content of the sources. Key Stage 2History, Literacy skills, Geography Learning Activity PackThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of 8 relating to 'Using Archives to Explore Local History' for KS2. 

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On Your Doorstep - Photographs

Using archives to explore local history. This resource explores how you can investigate the history of your locality using photographs as a type of source found in local and national archives or record offices in Wales. It forms part of a series forming the basic building blocks for finding out about local history.The resource is intended as a guide for teachers, helping them to use primary sources in the classroom. The resource can also help teachers work with their local archive to locate similar sources for their own locality. It aims to introduce teachers and students to the types of archival sources used for local history and to familiarise them with the form, appearance and content of the sources. Key Stage 2History, Literacy skills, Geography Learning Activity PackThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of 8 relating to 'Using Archives to Explore Local History' for KS2. 

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On Your Doorstep - Parish Registers

Using archives to explore local history. This resource explores how you can investigate the history of your locality using parish registers as a type of source found in local and national archives or record offices in Wales. It forms part of a series forming the basic building blocks for finding out about local history.  The resource is intended as a guide for teachers, helping them to use primary sources in the classroom. The resource can also help teachers work with their local archive to locate similar sources for their own locality. It aims to introduce teachers and students to the types of archival sources used for local history and to familiarise them with the form, appearance and content of the sources.   Key Stage 2History, Literacy skills Learning Activity PackThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of 8 relating to 'Using Archives to Explore Local History' for KS2. 

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On Your Doorstep - Newspapers

Using Archives to Explore Local History. This resource explores how you can investigate the history of your locality using newspapers as a type of source found in local and national archives or record offices in Wales. It forms part of a series forming the basic building blocks for finding out about local history.   The resource is intended as a guide for teachers, helping them to use primary sources in the classroom. The resource can also help teachers work with their local archive to locate similar sources for their own locality. It aims to introduce teachers and students to the types of archival sources used for local history and to familiarise them with the form, appearance and content of the sources. Key Stage 2History, Literacy skills, Geography Learning Activity PackThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of 8 relating to 'Using Archives to Explore Local History' for KS2. 

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On Your Doorstep - Maps

Using Archives to Explore Local History. This resource explores how you can investigate the history of your locality using Ordnance Survey and tithe maps as a type of source found in local and national archives or record offices in Wales. It  forms part of a series forming the basic building blocks for finding out about local  history. The resource is intended as a guide for teachers, helping them to use primary sources in the classroom. The resource can also help teachers work with their local archive to locate similar sources for their own locality. It aims to introduce teachers and students to the types of archival sources used for local history and to familiarise them with the form, appearance and content of the sources.   Key Stage 2History, Literacy skills, Geography Learning Activity PackThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of 8 relating to 'Using Archives to Explore Local History' for KS2. 

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On Your Doorstep - Census Returns

Using Archives to Explore Local History. This resource explores how you can investigate the history of your locality using census returns as a type of source found in local and national archives or record offices in Wales. It forms part of a series forming the basic building blocks for finding out about local history. The resource is intended as a guide for teachers, helping them to use primary sources in the classroom. The resource can also help teachers work with their local archive to locate similar sources for their own locality. It aims to introduce teachers and students to the types of archival sources used for local history and to familiarise them with the form, appearance and content of the sources. Key Stage 2History, Literacy skills Learning Activity PackThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of 8 relating to 'Using Archives to Explore Local History' for KS2. 

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Time for Washing

An interactive iBook about washing clothes before washing machines. Designed to be used by your learners; includes games, archive material and suggested activities. There is also a PDF version (not interactive) if you don't have access to iOS (Apple).Can be used as a stand-alone resource, but best used to complement washday sessions at St Fagans National Museum of History , Big Pit National Coal Museum and the National Slate Museum - where there is a chance to have a go at some of the steps of the process with a facilitator. Foundation PhaseKnowledge and understanding of the world, Literacy, Numeracy Lower Key Stage 2History, Literacy, Numeracy Learning Activity PackThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content.

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What was school like in Roman times? case study

Kids in Museums Takeover Day at National Roman Legion Museum.Students from Lodge Hill Primary School came to the National Roman Legion Museum in Caerleon as part of the Kids in Museums Takeover Day, 2017. They took over to tell the story of what school was like in Roman times when girls were not allowed to attend school. They wrote, scripted and filmed this video. Key Stage 2History, Digital Competence Framework, Computing, Literacy skills Case StudySee how other schools have used our website to give you ideas for your own digital projects. 

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Life of a Roman Soldier case study

This movie was filmed by pupils from St Woolos Primary School, Newport, at National Roman Legion Museum, Caerleon. As part of Kids in Museums Take Over Day in November 2015 pupils from St Woolos were given a tour of the Museum including a special visit to the 'behind the scenes' collection area. Here the children saw and held Roman objects that are rarely seen by the public, some of them only recently found at the site. Using what they had learnt as inspiration the pupils then wrote, filmed and starred in this fantastic re-enactment of the life of a Roman soldier, living and training in the Roman barracks at Isca (now Caerleon) nearly 2000 years ago. Key Stage 2History, Digital Competence Framework, Computing, Literacy skills Case StudySee how other schools have used our website to give you ideas for your own digital projects. 

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Diary of Edgar Wynn Williams, First World War

Extracts from the diary of Edgar Wynn Williams from Llanelli who served as a driver in the Army Service Corps during the First World War.  Key Stage 3Literacy Skills CollectionWe have collected these items together so that you can quickly and easily use them as resources to create activities for your class.

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Owen Ashton's First World War letters

A group of letters sent by Owen Ashton from France to his family in Llawryglyn, near Llanidloes, during the First World War.  Key Stage 2, 3Literacy Skills CollectionWe have collected these items together so that you can quickly and easily use them as resources to create activities for your class.

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John Piper Workshop

This page links images of class work done by Ysgol Foel Gron and Ysgol Llanbedrog, and links to the works by John Piper that inspired them.

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'War's Hell!' - The Battle of...

Art inspired by the battle of Mametz Wood. This pack contains a resource with tasks based on the artwork, along with information about the works. There are also links to collections of items relevant to Mametz Wood on our website.

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Io Saturnalia! case study

The history of Saturnalia, the Roman mid-winter festival. The video in this teaching pack was created by Somerton Primary School as part of Kids in Museums Takeover Day 2016. You can find a link to the video below, as well as a link to a collection of objects selected by the School on their visit and a story to find out a little more about the Roman mid-winter festival of Saturnalia.The attached resources can help you create your own videos. They include a template storyboard, and some example scenes and lines that were used for creating the Saturnalia video. Key Stage 2History, Digital Competence Framework, Computing, Literacy skills Case StudySee how other schools have used our website to give you ideas for your own digital projects.  

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Life on the Western Front

Interactive iBook about life on the Western Front during the First World War. Follow the links to images found in the book from the National Library and National Museum Wales' collections, and objects from the Museum's collection.

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John Piper–The Mountains of Wales

Discover the dramatic landscapes of north Wales. Study John Piper's paintings, locations and techniques with the learning resource and activity booklet. Key Stage 2 & 3 Art and Design, Geography, Literacy Skills, Famous Welsh PeopleThe activity suggestions are targeted primarily at Key Stage 2 and 3 pupils but can also be adapted for older or younger students. Learning Activity PackThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our website. 

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Victorian Swansea - Counting Heads

Who were the Victorians of Swansea? How can we find out about the people who lived and worked in Swansea Town in the middle of the 19th century? Was Swansea a smart progressive Victorian seaside resort with the latest transport connections or a smoke-filled overcrowded industrial town with slums, docks, cholera and bad drains? Or something in between? Look at extracts from the 1851 Swansea Town census to help answer these questions. Watch fascinating re-enactment videos to bring Victorian Swansea to life for your pupils. Key Stage 2History, Computing, Literacy skills Learning Activity PackThis resource provides learning activities for your students using our content. It is one of a series of 3 relating to 'Victorian Swansea' for KS2.