11 Nov A FREE PROJECT FOR UPPER KEY STAGE 2 IN LEEDS
YOUR INVITATION TO AN ONLINE INFORMATION SESSION – TUESDAY 7 DECEMBER, 4 TO 5PM
Stirring Up The Past is a new local history storytelling walk around Leeds city centre for years 5 and 6, with strong cross-curricular links to:
- Local history study for Leeds
- Victorian history
- Activism and social change
It is created by Leeds-based Theatre Company Blah Blah Blah, who have a 36-year legacy of creating engaging and high quality creative projects for schools that directly support the curriculum. (www.blahs.co.uk)
The walk is accompanied by high quality learning resources and will be available for FREE to schools in Leeds for at least 2 years, to give you plenty of time to think about how you might integrate it into your teaching.
About the project
Stirring Up The Past is a storytelling walk through Leeds city centre – pupils and teachers will follow a map to specific points in the city, where someone from history is waiting to tell you about their life and why the place where you are is important to them.
Entertaining, engaging and thought-provoking the walk tells the story of important people from Leeds who are often marginalised in history:
- Leonora Cohen – a suffragette imprisoned in Armley jail for agitating for the vote
- Pablo Fanque – Britain’s first black circus owner, who frequently performed here in Leeds
- Jogendra Sen – the only Indian man to join Leeds Pals at the outbreak of WW1, who despite his University education was denied the rank of officer due to his race
- Michael Marks – a Polish-Jewish immigrant who came to Leeds escape persecution and set up his penny bazaar, which he grew to become high street staple Marks & Spencer
Completing the walk and listening to all the stories takes about 75 minutes. The stories can be accessed through a mobile phone or downloaded to an MP3 player – we can even lend you headphones for all your class and MP3 players with the audio already loaded.
You can see the map, listen to the stories and access the teaching resources at www.stirringupthepast.org
What does it cost?
The walk and all the resources are completely FREE to schools in Leeds. Borrowing headphones and MP3 players for your class is also free.
What will happen at the online event on 7th December?
We will give you more information about the teaching resources, the walk and all the important information you need, including:
- Planning the walk for your class
- Access information
- Where to park
- Borrowing the MP3 players and headphones or downloading the content onto your own devices
We’ll also stay online for 30 minutes after the session for you to ask any other questions you may have.
What is included in the Teaching Resources?
The Teaching Resources have been created by education specialists with expertise in creative approaches to the curriculum – and have been tested and informed by local teachers to ensure they are relevant and engaging.
They include activities to do during the walk, classroom-based resources and tasks, timelines of the lives of the historical figures, images relating to the people and places on the walk, and links to further information.
How do I sign up?
Email firstname.lastname@example.org to sign up and we’ll send you a Zoom link and all the information you need to join us on 7 December, 4 to 5pm.