History is not just about memorising dates; it can be practical, engaging, and interactive. History is about people, adventures and different ways of life, all of which can inspire children’s imaginations. It just needs to be approached in the right way.
Here are some ways you can ensure your children are having fun this summer while also falling in love with history:
Local museums and historical sites
This may be an obvious one, but a museum doesn’t have to mean trudging around in silence reading plaques. Loads of heritage attractions and historical sites put on activities for kids including the chance to dress up and watch re-enactments, and you’ll be surprised how many are local to you. Some examples are Warwick Castle, The Jorvik Viking Centre in York or the National Roman Legion Museum in Wales.
TV programmes and films are a great way to immerse children in a historical period – they follow an individual’s adventure and even though they are usually fiction they are useful at putting facts into context – and importantly they don’t feel like a history lesson. Depending on their age children could watch the Horrible Histories series or the Vikings series, and read a whole host of books such as Beowulf by Michael Morpurgo or Anglo-Saxon boy by Tony Bradman.
Knowledge of historical periods can spark a range of different activities that involve creativity. You could get your children to make their own Roman togas, replicate Anglo-Saxon jewellery or make their own ancient Greek oil lamp! This last activity is also explained in our Ancient Greece app alongside many others.
Using historical apps is a great way to let children have fun using technology while also helping them learn. The four apps we’ve recently released – Ancient Greece, Roman Britain, The Anglo-Saxons and the Vikings – are designed to teach children about the historical periods in an exciting, vibrant way, with stories of famous characters, information about how people in the past really lived and even audio recordings of Old English and Old Norse. They are full of self-marking quizzes and creative activities like the ones suggested above, taking learning outside the classroom. They’re written to cover the KS2 curriculum, but as well as being useful for giving children a head start in their school work, they work brilliantly for older or younger children as a way of finding out about four fascinating periods of history.
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