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. We hope to give children a different perspective on historical topics, using roleplay to access the subject from an imaginative standpoint.

The workshops have a similar format - theatrical exercises, play, discussions and reflection built-in to each, and usually lasting 2 hours straight through for a maximum of 40 children. We also cater for other age-groups and subjects, covering Maths and Storytelling for Years 1 & 2, and Shakespeare workshops for Years 3-6. We recommend the full two hour format of the workshops, but if you cannot accommodate the full two hours into the school day and still wish to book the workshop, then we are able to adapt the workshops to fit your requirements.

Please find a list of the workshops we offer below. If you need any further information about any of the workshops, full workshop breakdowns are available for request by emailing: theatre.exchange@freedom-leisure.co.uk

Join archeologist Tim Flint and his intern Skye as they investigate the Stone, Bronze and Iron Ages. The children are encouraged to approach the subject as archeologists, piecing together clues to figure out how the pre-Britons lived. From hunting and gathering, to Stonehenge to Danebury Hillfort, this workshop covers 4000 years of history before written records began.

 

 

This workshop explores the creation of Tenochtitlan and life in this incredible city, Aztec religion and sacrifice, ending with the the arrival of Cortez and his Conquistadors. Participants will reflect on the customs of the two peoples and how the Spanish explorers brought about the destruction of Montezuma and a civilisation advanced beyond its years.

Experience the story of Athens from the eyes of its citizens, as the city state becomes the most powerful in Ancient Greece. Pupils will create their own Athenian characters, debate in the city’s nux, build the triremes and battle the Persian forces. The workshop also covers Ancient Greek religion, customs and the birth of theatre.

 

 

Invaders This workshop brings together three eras of conquerors: the Romans, Saxons and Vikings. The children will see how each force brought with them their own customs that helped shape and influence British society as we know it today.

Vikings In this workshop the children explore the ingenuity and craftiness of the Viking warriors. Following the story of Tarben Igerson, the children learn the pioneering customs of the great conquerors and how they changed Britain.

Experience the might of the Romans in this exciting workshop, exploring the traditions and societal hierarchies of the empire, and how their tactics in battle made them a formidable force. The children will explore how Rome invaded Britannia and fought against the legendary Boudicca and the Iceni tribe, as well as life as a Romano Briton.

 

 

This workshops sees the children interacting and investigating life as an Ancient Egyptian: religion, day-to-day peasant life, the importance of the Pharaoh, and their distinctive burial rituals. The final section sees Howard Carter tell the story of how he discovered Tutankhamun’s tomb with Lord Carnarvon and the ‘Curse of the Mummy’.

Possibly one of the most famous families in history, the Tudors covers the memorable monarchs of the period, their conflicting beliefs, and the customs of the time: Tudor fashion, conditions in a Tudor street, witch-hunts, travelling theatre companies, and life in the Tudor Royal Court.

 

 

This workshop for Year 2 focuses on examining history from an emotional perspective. The children are led through the timeline of London’s most devastating fire by none other than Samuel Pepys. From his trusty diary, Pepys retells how the fire started in a small bakery, demolished the majority of the city, and what finally quenched the blaze.

In a time of hardships, this workshop uncovers life in a Victorian school, the wonders of technological advancement and The Great Exhibition, as well as the ‘upstairs/downstairs’ hierarchy of a stately home.

 

 

Waving Goodbye’ focuses on evacuees during the Second World War. This workshop is unique in that it gets the children to experience history that affected people of their age: learning the different expectations of a 1930s school, other government preparations for war, and life during the Blitz.