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Across the Board - Nine Men’s Morris

Play Nine Men’s Morris! Board games were very popular with the Romans. We know this from archaeological finds from all over the Roman World. Nearly every Roman site in Britain has provided evidence in the form of counters and boards. Hadrian's Wall is no exception and a fine example of a board and pieces found at Segedunum can be seen displayed in the Roman Gallery.

Published by: Northern Grid
Across the Board - Senet

Play the ancient game of Senet! Board games were very common in ancient Egypt and people from all levels of society played them. Many game boards from ancient Egypt have been found by archaeologists. However, the rules explaining how to play these games have not survived. By studying game boards and other evidence, experts have made some educated guesses about how these games were played.

Published by: Northern Grid
Across the Board - The Royal Game of Ur

Play the Royal Game of Ur! Board games were popular in Mesopotamia. Different types of boards and game pieces have been found by archaeologists. The remains of this board were found by Leonard Woolley in a grave at Ur.

Published by: Northern Grid
Ag Fágáil an Bhaile

Sa cheacht seo ar chlár bán déantar fiosrú ar an eisimirce. Spreagann sé páistí grianghraif, greanadóireacht, dialanna agus amhráin a scrúdú chun foghlaim faoin am atá thart. Is féidir an ceacht seo a úsáid in Eochairchéim 2 do theagasc ranga uile agus grúpa agus d’obair aonair.

Published by: C2k
All Aboard

Interactive resource. You’re a train driver and the Steam Age is well under way. To succeed you must get the train to the station as fast as possible by answering train related questions.  

Published by: Northern Grid
Amy's War

History KS2/3 – A Local Study of South Shields during WW2.  The teaching programme is focused through a fictional story set over 3 generations.


Published by: Northern Grid
An fheirmeoireacht san am atá thart

Sa cheacht seo ar chlár bán déantar fiosrú ar na hathruithe atá tagtha ar an fheirmeoireacht le himeacht ama.  Spreagann sé páistí grianghraif a úsáid mar fhianaise phríomha agus iad ag fiosrú an tsaoil san am atá thart. Is féidir an ceacht seo a úsáid in Eochairchéim 2 do theagasc ranga uile agus grúpa agus d’obair aonair.

Published by: C2k
Analysis of a Shoe - Downloadable activities

Downloadable activities and teacher resources all about shoes!

Published by: Northern Grid
Analysis of a Shoe - Shoe Designer

Using this brilliant interactive, design your own shoe!

Published by: Northern Grid
Analysis of a Shoe - Shoe Gallery

Browse through shoes from across the world and throughout the ages!

Published by: Northern Grid
Analysis of a Shoe- Shoe Analysis

Find out more about the history and design of shoes throughout the ages and across the world!

Published by: Northern Grid

Sutton Hoo burial site

The material in this section  supports the following sections of the QCA Scheme of Work for History unit 6b ?Why have people invaded and settled in Britain in the past? An Anglo-Saxon case study?:

  • What was in the Sutton Hoo grave?
  • Whose grave was it?

First produced for BECTA, this activity consists of a range of tasks based on pupils searching an NGFL approved Internet site for information on historical artefacts. The British Museum web site contains the Compass database with over 3000 entries including the Sutton Hoo artefacts used in this investigation.

Pupils work through, individually and collectively, a number of tasks:

  • Use an online database to find out about the past
  • Examine in detail a range of artefacts
  • Collect information about an artefact
  • Make inferences about artefacts
  • Sort artefacts into categories
  • Interpret and present the results of their investigations
  • ? Summarise the general characteristics of artefacts from one historical period

The activity supports the development of generic research processes

Published by: LGFL
Art Online

A resource showing you all of the art collections in the Laing Art Gallery and Shipley Art Gallery.

Published by: Northern Grid
Audio Network

The Audio Network Education Licence has been developed to provide Schools with world-class music recordings over the National Education Network and the UK's national education broadband networks.  It is hosted at London Grid for Learning and delivered to schools throughout the UK over the NEN.

Schools have FREE access to the same high-quality music resource that is used by professional film, television and media producers. Just right for ICT and digital video projects across the curriculum. Works for Primary, Secondary and FE. Ideal for vocational courses and developing a sense of the world of work.

The service enables the FREE download of Audio Network music files for use in school and college projects including ‘synchronisation’ use in audio-visual productions together with general guidance on music copyright.

Summary of benefits

Ease of use: digital and on-line over the education broadband networks. Standard file type.
Free: school and connected college users do not have to pay.
Choice: huge range of types of music.
Quality: industry quality recordings.
Clean: no viruses...non pop-up advertising.
Legal: all rights cleared for education use in school/college.
Creative Licence: resources can be used creatively.
Restrictions: can’t be distributed or performed outside school/college or on the WWW without additional licences...but...
Additional licences: provide a one-step process for public performance/distribution.
Curriculum relevance: meets the needs of e-learning and 'Harnessing the Technology' and supports many areas of the curriculum in Primary, Secondary, Further and Higher Education.
Examinations: meets requriements of examinations and the new generation of e-assessment.
World of work: uses industry procedures and supports of vocational courses.





Published by: NEN
‘The Holocaust Explained’ Launched


Learn the lessons that can help us to prevent future acts of genocide.


On the 25th January – the London Jewish Cultural centre launched ‘The Holocaust Explained’ resource at the Foreign Commonwealth Office – attended by the RT Hon. Michael Gove.


It is the first Holocaust resource to be created for Children and features an extraordinary range of photographs, graphs, maps and videos compiled by expert Holocaust educators.

The LGfL community has contributed to the project advising on e safety and filtering issue in relation to the resource – which features social networking links throughout.


The resource has been accredited with the National Education Network  and CEOP Logo and it is being widely promoted by all the other grids throughout the UK.

In addition a case study has been made by LGfL at the City of London Academy featuring year 8 and 9 students using the resource and discussing the impact that the resource has had on their outlook on society today and their studies of the 20th century.


Links to LGfL project support material


LGfL case study video: explained v2.wmv



direct link to resource:



Published by: NEN
Barnet Migration Project

Britain and London haven’t always been so diverse. Taking a look at history can help us understand how our population has changed over time and the reasons for this. People have been moving to and from Britain for hundreds of years. This is called immigration and emigration.

Jewish people are one of the many immigrant groups that has contributed to the richness of our society both now and in the past. This group of people is the focus of our local study.

It includes the personal story of Bertha Leverton, a Kindertransportee from Nazi Germany in the 1930s. She came to England from Munich at the age of 15years with her brother and sister. Bertha dedicated a large part of her life collecting stories about other kindertransportees. For this work she was awarded the O.B.E. from her Majesty The Queen in 2005.

Published by: LGFL
Battle of the Somme

Old Vic, New Voices

Under Kevin Spacey’s direction, the Old Vic Education section has employed professional directors, writers and actors to work with pupils and students from South London schools on a variety of projects to encourage them to think about the creative use of drama in other subjects. The first project was a joint collaboration with the Imperial War Museum around the theme of the first day of the battle of the Somme in 1916.

The topics covered include Signing up, Women at Home, Training, the Battle, Back Home and Consequences.

the web-site includes six easy to followlesson plans for 13 to 18 year olds. the emphasis is on using drama techniques to encourage debate. Each lesson plan focuses on key issues relating to the battle of the Somme and contains scenes filmed during the performance. all of the learning materials are designed to encourage teachers to replicate the project as a Drama in History project in their own school.

Published by: LGFL
Beamish Collections

Beamish Museum online is a source of classroom activity packs, online museum collections: images, video, and audio. You can also find out about educational activities on site at the museum.

Published by: Northern Grid
Bethnal Green Museum of Childhood


A national, interactive history resource to deliver the KS1 History topic on 'Toys' in an interesting and engaging way

Visit and explore a virtual version of the National Museum of Childhood in Bethnal Green.

Lots of online activities to support individual and whole class work.


Published by: LGFL

This resource looks at the impact of the Blitz on London from the 111 continuous nights of bombing raids in 1940 to the use of V! and V2 rockets in the later stages of the war. It contains a host of photos and other resources form the Imperial War Museum on the impact of the Blitz, sheltering from the raids, evacuation of London children to the countryside and the impact of rationing. Many of the photos included were taken by Bill Brandt.

There are downloadable worksheets to support all age groups in KS2

Published by: LGFL
This site was produced for the City of London Festival’s 2007 commemoration of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act and celebrates the extraordinary achievements of George Bridgetower, a Polish-born black Londoner.
The site and resource pack takes a close look at George Bridgetower and his relationship with Beethoven. It also examines other artists, writers and musicians who were working at the same time as Bridgetower, with a special focus on their relationship to the anti-slavery movement.

This website provides many supporting materials, including all activity-related music and video clips, copies of images and worksheets. There is also an interview with Julian Joseph, who composed the jazz opera, Bridgetower - A Fable of 1807, with libretto by Mike Phillips, for City of London Festival's bicentennial commemoration of the Abolition of the Slave Trade Act, and toured by English Touring Opera
Published by: LGFL
Castles of Wales

 This website is designed to provide a collection of virtual tours around Welsh medieval castles and fortified houses in order to increase pupils’ knowledge and understanding of Welsh heritage.

Published by: NGfL Cymru
Changing Time

Split screen interviews with 1880 and 2008 footballers. Filmed at the National Football Museum, Preston.

Published by: CLEO
Chopwell Wood Heritage Trail

Northern Grid for Learning, in partnership with the Friends of Chopwell Wood, has developed a new interactive educational resource for KS2/3. This features 18 locations around the Heritage Lottery funded forest trail.

Educational questions, activities and projects that supplement the interactive activities, cover aspects of Numeracy, Literacy, History, Geography, Science, Design Technology and ICT curriculum areas.

Published by: Northern Grid

The Digital Storytelling site is a place where learners can publish video and animations. It is similar to YouTube. However, all videos and animations and any comments added to published materials are viewed by an administrator before publication thus ensuring that the site is free  from inappropriate material.


Published by: E2BN
Clues to the past

This whiteboard lesson helps children to think about historical sites and old buildings in their locality. Children can explore a fictionalised town and investigate the differences between old and new photographs of two towns in Northern Ireland. Can be used at Key Stage 1 for whole class, group and individual work.

Published by: C2k

CookIt is more than an online recipe book. Learners can submit their own recipes, watch short videocast programmes, find out about food in the past and link recipes to festivals and seasons.


Published by: E2BN
Copyright website

NEN launches a new website for schools 'Copyright in the Digital Age'

NEN has launched a new website and guidance on 'Copyright in the Digital Age' to support UK 
Schools are increasingly using digital resources and applications, not just as users of other people's materials but also as creators of new materials and applications.
Copyright has a significant role across the curriculum and in schools' wider community activities:
  • While we are all used to copyright as users or consumers we can often be unsure what is 'OK' for education use and what is not
  • Digital technologies, in particular schools' VLE, IWB systems and websites, have brought to the foreground the 'reuse' of other people's copyright materials
  • The extension of the virtual school to include the home and anywhere/anytime access through mobile devices is today as much a copyright consideration as the school location itself
  • Schools are also in effect publishers and distributors of copyright materials, as schools increasingly use networks, 'cloud services' and activities such as 'podcasting'
  • Copyright is an aspect of E-Safety
  • And last, but far from least, 'copyright' for creators - an aspect that is highlighted by the widespread use of websites, cams and imaging devices, teacher and student produced presentations and resources and will be significant in the new ICT curriculums with their increasing focus on developing 'code' 
'Copy Rights and Wrongs' brings together information about copyright and licensing from a school's point of view with introductions to the UK regulations, school licences, open licences such as 'Creative Commons', and how they work for schools and young people. 
There are also sections on 'Good Practice' covering: School Policy, Training and CPD, Risk Management and annotated lists of other resources relevant to UK schools and what colleagues in Europe and other countries are doing. There is also a case study on how 'Wikipedia' manages copyright. 
Early feedback regarding this resource appreciated the detailed introductions but requested some kind of 'speedy intro' to it all, so 'Quickstart' was provided - though even here 'Copyright' remains somewhat complex as the rules differ media to media and with each different situation that pupils and teachers engage in day to day, in and beyond school. FAQs and Quizzes in the main sections provide alternative routes into the issues of copyright. 
There is also a 'Student View' of copyright which considers the issues in terms of specific media - websites, images, film, music, etc. - and provides another way into the subject. 
'News and Updates' feature on the homepage keeps schools abreast of the developments in UK copyright - and there are likely to be some significant changes in the next year or two. Since the Gowers Review of Copyright in 2006, NEN has responded to consultations about copyright providing a voice for schools and is currently preparing its response to the final consultation following the recent Hargreaves Review of last year. 
Further materials and case studies will be introduced in the coming months.
'Copy Rights and Wrongs’:  
NEN 'View of Copyright' and the 'Copy Rights and Wrongs' project:  
Contact: Marshall Mateer:
12th January 2012


Published by: NEN
Crabble Mill Project

One hundred and thirty pupils from twenty-six Kent primary schools took part in the Crabble Mill Writing Project in October 2007. The mill is a delightful living museum in Dover which became the inspiration and source of research material for this innovative broadband communications project.

Planned and managed by Advisory Service Kent staff, Leading ICT Teachers and South-East Grid for Learning Project Officers the project involved pupils using a wide range of web based technologies to support story writing. Applications used included video conferencing, blogging, Podcasting and “On-line” Publishing.

Published by: SEGFL
Crime in Durham, 1750-1900

Using examples from Durham, this resource looks at the nature of crime, the purpose of punishment and the work of prison reformers.

Published by: Northern Grid
Discovery Box

This site provides the tools for you to build up an argument or description of an event, person or historical period by placing items in a virtual box. What items, for example, would you put in a box to describe your life; the life of a Victorian Servant or Roman soldier; or to show that slavery was wrong and unnecessary? You can display anything from a text file to a movie. You can also view and comment on the museum boxes submitted by others.

Published by: E2BN
Does the Middle Passage deserve its awful reputati

The Middle Passage has been described as ‘agonising and insufferable’. This resource uses a range of sources to establish how the veracity of this statement. 


Published by: Northern Grid
Dorset and the Sea

Dorset's dramatic ties with the sea are revealed in museums across the county. This web site enables you to view the collections and enjoy the real-life adventures they represent.

Published by: SWGFL
Essex Life in Archive Film

This resource uses streamed video to compare and contrast life in Essex between 1914 and 1953 with life in the 21st century. It uses material from the East Anglian Film Archive and new material produced by five Essex schools.

Published by: E2BN

The Outbreak of WW2! This interactive resource asks you “what would you take with you if you were evacuated?”.

Published by: Northern Grid
Farming in the past

This whiteboard explores how farming has changed over the years. It encourages children to use photographs as primary evidence to investigate life in the past. Can be used at Key Stage 2 for whole class, group and individual work.

Published by: C2k
FARNE - Folk Archive Resource North East

Resources produced by Northern Grid to support the Folk Archive Resource North East music archive.

Published by: Northern Grid
Films for Learning

Films for Learning is a resource for extending and developing film making, supporting children as they reflect on the activity, the filming and their learning. Pupils can comment on each others films and exchange ideas in the forum area. There are teacher support materials and high quality examples of films from learners.

Films for Learning is a project led and moderated by Mark Richardson and Peter Roe from the Thomas Hardye School in Dorchester. The project is supported by Microsoft and it is entirely advert free. It scores highly for e-safety. Mark and Peter also very keen that students are taught the importance of copyright and they give support to those who have added copyrighted commercial music sound tracks. Sign up and join the community.

Search and browse the excellent examples including a student's clip on how to upload. Films for Learning is an excellent way for all teachers and learners develop their curriculum ideas with film making.

Published by: SWGFL

FlashMeeting is an application based on the Adobe Flash 'plug in' and Flash Media Server. Running in a standard web browser window, it allows a dispersed group of people to meet from anywhere in the world with an internet connection. Typically a meeting is pre-booked by a registered user and a url, containing a unique password for the meeting, is returned by the FlashMeeting server. The 'booker' passes this on to the people they wish to participate, who simply click on the link to enter into the meeting at the arranged time.

During the meeting one person speaks (i.e. broadcasts) at a time. Other people can simultaneously contribute using text chat, the whiteboard, or emoticons etc. while waiting for their turn to speak. This way the meeting is ordered, controlled and easy to follow. A replay of the meeting is instantly available, to those with the 'unique' replay url.

FlashMeeting users belong to one of three account types; Guest, Sign In and Booker.

Published by: E2BN
Gaelic On-line Gàidhlig Air-loidhne

Gàidhlig Air-loidhne is a website for Gaelic teachers. Because it is aimed at the Gaelic community, there is no English version of the site. However, we recognise that non-Gaelic-speaking Head Teachers and others have an interest in Gaelic education. Therefore, a section of the site provides summaries of the main site and a small selection of dedicated pages designed for those people who are connected to Gaelic education but do not have a strong command of the language.

Published by: Glow
Grace Darling - the famous Victorian heroine

You are able to watch the animated story of Grace Darling and see how she rescued the crew men from the steamer SS Forfarshire near the shores of Northumberland.



Published by: Northern Grid
Grace Darling Museum Teachers’ Pack

A comprehensive education pack featuring pre and post visit (to the Grace Darling Museum) lesson plans with accompanying resources, worksheets for use at the museum and all necessary visit information for teachers.

Published by: Northern Grid
Grace Darling Story - Read and Printout


Here you are able to read and print the story of Grace Darling's famous rescue.


Published by: Northern Grid
Greek and Roman Myths

Images and objects depicting mythological tales and characters are combined in this module to help children learn about myths and how they are portrayed. Pupils can follow interactive trails guided by Apollo, Cupid, Helen of Troy and Mercury or they can learn about individual works of art in the gallery. This module is ideal for topic work on Greeks or Romans and provides ideas for art and literacy activities and class discussion.

Published by: Northern Grid
Guess What? Archaeology

Archaeology is the study of historic or prehistoric peoples and their culture by excavating and studying their artefacts, inscriptions and remains. This resource will show you different aspects of archaeology. Find out how Archaeologists evaluate the site, the sorts of things they find and how they put pieces together.

Published by: Northern Grid
Guess What? Romans

Many Roman buildings and objects survive to show us what life in the Roman Empire was like. Guess What! is made up of lots of images of objects from Tyne & Wear Museums. You can see many of these objects if you visit Arbeia Roman Fort & Museum and Segedunum Roman Fort, Baths & Museum. Find out more by exploring Guess What!

Published by: Northern Grid
Guess What? Tudors

Kill or Cure? Become a Tudor Doctor! You’re an apprentice to a Tudor doctor named Dr Kyrssope. The Doctor turned a funny colour suddenly this morning- and died! You’ll have to treat his patients! Read the notes about Tudor treatments and ask the patients questions to find the right diagnosis to save them! 

Published by: Northern Grid
Guess What? Victorians

Many objects and their stories survive to show us what life was like during World War II. Guess What! is made up of lots of images of objects from Tyne & Wear Museums. You can see many of these objects if you visit Discovery Museum and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. Find out more by exploring Guess What!

Published by: Northern Grid
Guess What? World War 2

Many objects and their stories survive to show us what life was like during World War II. Guess What! is made up of lots of images of objects from Tyne & Wear Museums. You can see many of these objects if you visit Discovery Museum and Sunderland Museum & Winter Gardens. Find out more by exploring Guess What!

Published by: Northern Grid
Heroes of Trafalgar - Nelson and Collingwood

An interactive resource explaining the battle of Trafalgar, fought on 21 October 1805.

Published by: Northern Grid
History Heroes

You won't find Batman here, nor the Incredible Hulk. But you'll find people who really did exist - people who made their mark on history.

But what sort of people were they? Did they have incredible powers, like Batman and Superman? Or were they more like you and me?

Find out about Alan Turin, Elizabeth Fry, Nelson, Cromwell and others and decide for your self whether they deserve to be call 'hero'.

Published by: E2BN
History of sports, leisure and tourism
A series of resources to support the teaching of 'Developments in sports, leisure and tourism in Wales and England, 1900 to the present day'. The resource has nine units focusing on an overview of the main characteristics of change in each area together with a brief revision exercise. Students are given the opportunity to interact with a variety of sources, to discuss developments and to come to their own judgement on the key issues. The resources can be used for starter activities, whole class teaching, individual extension work and revision exercises.
Published by: NGfL Cymru
History of Transport

This topic covers the impact of canals, railways, trams, tube, road, motorway and air travel, over a 250 year period on one area.

Ten teachers from the London borough of Hillingdon have been working collaboratively on a local History project.  They have provided KS2/3 teachers and children with quality resources that can be used in the classroom to show the how the development of transport has effected the growth of the borough.

Published by: LGFL
How did so many Africans become slaves?

Using printed and manuscript material dating from the 18th and 19th centuries, this resource looks at the ways by which Africans were enslaved and the reasons for that enslavement.

Published by: Northern Grid
Imagine - The 1930s Family

The 1930s were a time of great change for many people in the North East. Find out more about life in the 1930s- housing, education, health, leisure, transport- with this fun interactive!

Published by: Northern Grid
Imagine - The Beach

A fun interactive looking at the history of holidays at the seaside.

Published by: Northern Grid
Infantryman's Diary

An original dairy from World War One, made available by Tyne and Wear Archives. The resource includes the diary, transcripts, support materials and activities.

Published by: Northern Grid
Interactive Whiteboard resources for the study of

A downloadable series of resources considering different aspects of the transatlantic slave trade that have been designed for use on SmartBoards.

Published by: Northern Grid
John Ruskin: Seeing Clearly

Cross-curricular resource featuring the Ruskin Foundation's superb comic book treatments of one of the most influencial of 19th century writers. Also contains a fascinating insight into his artistic techniques and video footage of Paul O'Keefe's celebrated portrayal of Ruskin.

Published by: CLEO
Key Stage 1 - History - Lesson Plan

A lesson plan and accompanying resources for pupils to learn about the life of a famous Victorian.

Published by: Northern Grid
Key Stage 1 - History - Topic Pack

A complete topic pack for “Why do we remember Grace Darling?” This contains a selection of 6 lesson plans, which use Grace Darling as the stimulus for learning at Key Stage 1. This can support a unit of work.

Published by: Northern Grid
Key Stage 1-3 Teaching Resources


In addition to lesson plans for teachers of Key Stage 1, Key Stage 2 and Key Stage 3 there is a range of whiteboard activities for each Key Stage which are regularly expanded.


Published by: Northern Grid
Learning about Learning

Helping young people to become successful learners is one of the key aims of Curriculum for Excellence in Scotland.

Our knowledge about learning is continually changing in the light of research and there is still much that we do not know. This site provides an overview of current thinking on how people learn. 

Published by: Glow
Leaving home

This whiteboard explores the concept of emigration. It encourages children to examine photographs, engravings, diaries and song to learn more about the past. Can be used at Key Stage 2 for whole class, group and individual work.

Published by: C2k
Leideanna faoin am atá thart

Cuidíonn an ceacht seo ar chlár bán le páistí smaoineamh ar sheanfhoirgnimh agus ar láithreáin stairiúla sa cheantar acu. Is féidir le páistí baile nach bhfuil ann dáiríre a thaiscéaladh agus fiosrú a dhéanamh ar an éagsúlacht atá le sonrú idir seanghrianghraif agus grianghraif nua de dhá bhaile i dTuaisceart Éireann. Is féidir an ceacht seo a úsáid in Eochairchéim a hAon do theagasc ranga uile agus grúpa agus d’obair aonair.

Published by: C2k

Memorynet is a collection of oral histories, photographs and images exploring the lives of communities linked with the sea in the North East of England.


Published by: Northern Grid
Memorynet: Jewish Lives

Explore this collection of oral histories, photographs and images from a number of people from the Jewish community in Tyne & Wear today.

Published by: Northern Grid
Memorynet: Swan Hunter

Memorynet: Swan Hunter is a collection of oral histories, photographs and images exploring the lives of people working and living near the iconic Swan Hunter shipyard, based in Wallsend in the North East of England.

Published by: Northern Grid
Morecambe and Back

Morecambe and Back...
contains all the Mitchell and Kenyon footage shot in Morecambe in 1902.

Two of the film clips, the exterior of the Winter Gardens and the congregation leaving the Parish Church are also available as ‘then and now’ parallel videos.

Another ‘raw’ resource is an online comparison of the front and back pages from1903 and 2008 editions of the ‘Morecambe Visitor’ newspaper.

The module also records the spectacular way Morecambe Bay Community Primary School used the footage as the base for a term-long cross-curricular theme covering; Music, Dance, Drama, History, Art, Geography and Speaking and Listening.

The project was supported by the British Film Institute, Lancashire Sinfonietta, Ludus Dance and the Lancashire Public Records office.

Published by: CLEO

Roman Design meets Tetris!

Published by: Northern Grid
Myths and Legends

Myths and Legends is for pupils, teachers and all those who enjoy stories and storytelling. The British Isles is rich in myths, folktales and legends. Almost every town, city and village in Britain has its own special story, be it a Celtic legend, Dark Age mystery, strange happening or fable.

Published by: E2BN
NEN Gallery

A collection of high quality images, sound and video files that can be repurposed by teachers and students. All materials can be used for educational, not for profit activities.

Registered users can also upload images, sound and video files to the Gallery for use by other members of the educational community.

Published by: E2BN

C Day Lewis' 1936 poem read over contemporary newsreel footage.

Produced to show the potential of the Pathe archive to support understanding of the interplay between 20th century arts and news-media. Also provides insight into public attitudes during the build up to WWII.

Contains a useful article on copyright issues.

Published by: CLEO
Picture Teller

This tool allows you to use your own pictures and audio to build a presentation or demonstration. A simple zoom tool allows you to focus in on the items in a picture you are talking about, as you outline information you can zoom and pan around an image.

Published by: E2BN
Poole - A Local Studies Kit

This web site has been created to complement the Local Studies Pack that was created by the Poole Museum Education Service in 1998. This was designed to be used either alongside a visit to the town, or completely in the classroom if a visit was not possible or planned. It provides a useful focus for a comparative study within the National Curriculum requirements.

Published by: SWGFL
Populisation and urbanisation: the impact of the i

This investigation focuses on the development of a small town in Co. Durham to demonstrate the impact of industrialisation in the 19th century

Published by: Northern Grid
Portraits and Portraiture

This module contains in-depth information about portraits and key figures in the world of portrait painting. Portraiture is discussed through themes, such as Pose, Expression, Clothing and Materials, and large printable images are available of all portraits featured on the site. Children can enjoy learning about portraiture through stimulating and thought-provoking interactive activities.

Published by: Northern Grid
Public Art Trail

Information about public art in the North East of England. Materials can be uses as a stimulus for a range of subjects.

Published by: Northern Grid
Recovering the Newport Ship

A KS2 History resource authored in partnership with the Newport Ship Project. Contains a number of interactive resources that give pupils the opportunity to compare the Newport Ship with other famous finds, consider artefacts found on board and find out more about Newport in Medieval times.

Published by: NGfL Cymru
Remembering Slavery

An online exhibition of sources looking at different aspects of the transatlantic slave trade.

Published by: Northern Grid
Rich and Poor in Tudor Times



Find out more about the lives of the Tudors using a range of inventories from the period. 




Published by: Northern Grid
Risk and Rewards

What do you know about the world of high finance? How good would you be as an investor?

Using actual sources from the Baring archive, this site opens up the world of finance past and present.

Published by: E2BN
Roman Design

This is your chance to be a Roman artist! As well as great soldiers, the Romans were also great inventors, craftsmen and artists. In Arbeia’s re-constructed Commanding Officer’s house, murals must have been painted on the walls, similar to those that important Romans would have used to decorate their home.

Published by: Northern Grid
Royalty-free Illustrations and Photographs

These illustrations and photographs are free for any kind of educational use - whether you are a teacher creating topic worksheets or looking for ideas to spark creative writing, or a pupil who needs illustrations for a presentation or website.

You can download them, print them off or use them online.



A mixture of drawings, photos and images of the world around us. The collection includes pictures of seasons, landscapes and natural habitats. Other images concentrate on man-made environments including buildings and famous landmarks.


Animals and birds

Animals are always a winner! We have images (including some photos) of wild animals and birds from Britain and abroad, pets, farm animals, dinosaurs, prehistoric creatures and minibeasts.



A wide variety of images of people, from illustrations of babies, children's faces showing different emotions and people working in a variety of jobs, to anatomical drawings of the human body and fine art portraits. 



Many coloured and black and white illustrations of people in the past - Egyptians, Celts, Picts, Vikings, Greeks, Romans and medieval Scots as well as scenes from the two World Wars. Also have a look at the visual primary sources, such as 19th-century photos, medieval manuscripts, and portraits since 1780.


Art, music and literature

Great images of Scottish fine art from the Royal Scottish Academy and illustrations of musical instruments are available to download here, as well as information on how to use pictures and text from a beautiful medieval manuscript.


Leisure time

Activities and items for leisure - from musical instruments to cultural events, children interacting, photos of foreign holidays and paintings of holiday-makers in earlier times.


The prehistoric world

Scenes, people and animals from the prehistoric world including crannogs, standing stones, woolly mammoths and sabre-toothed cats.


Food and drink

Illustrations, photos and paintings of food and drink - some healthy and some not so healthy! Plus photos of restaurants and pictures of birthday cakes.


Language and numbers

Resources for helping pupils to develop language and number skills, including modern foreign languages. The images include colourful pictures of numbers, safety signs, notices for the classroom and photos from continental Europe which feature signs and notices in French and German.



Coloured and black and white illustrations of clothes, including children's shoes, different outfits for different types of weather and working clothes and uniforms such as those worn by police officers and firefighters. 



Photos and drawings of different types of transport, from around the world. Fancy taking the camel to school?



Ensure the digital natives are up to speed with today's technology from video cameras to tablet PCs, with these coloured and outline illustrations of gadgets and equipment.

Published by: Glow
Sainsbury's Virtual Museum

Sainsbury’s Virtual Museum contains a wealth of material, including photographic and documentary sources on Sainsbury's in the period 1869 to 1900. It is designed to help teachers use the internet to support the teaching of the following elements of the History National Curriculum:

KS1 - What were shops like a long time ago?

Welsh KS1 - Sut le oedd siopa 'slawer dydd?
KS2 - Victorian Britain.

KS2 - Second World War.

KS2, Year 6 - Online Activities

KS3 - History National Curriculum.

They contain:

  • descriptions of activities based on the pages in the website.
  • worksheets, which can be printed out or downloaded, to help pupils work through the activities.
  • analyses of how the activities relate both to the QCA scheme of work for History at KS1, National Curriculum for History and IT and also to the KS2 Literacy Hour.
  • Online resources include a talking story for KS1, a database of Sainsbury management memos during the Second World War on the impact of women workers and video interviews of Sainsbury staff who survived air raid attacks
Published by: LGFL
Scotland and the Abolition of Slavery

This learning resource has been developed to mark the bicentenary of the Abolition of the Slave Trade. The website has information on Scotland's role in the transatlantic slave trade, on the abolitionist campaign and its legacy, ideas for religious observance assemblies and links to other key resources, including events and exhibitions across Scotland.


Published by: Glow
Scottish History

This website covers a range of defining eras in Scotland's rich historical heritage, from stone age, through Roman and medieval, to the indistrial revolution and the twentieth century. There are over 70 interactive learning resources covering key epochs and events in the Scotland's history.

Published by: Glow
Sir Francis Drake and the circumnavigation of the

Using original source material this investigation asks you to decide whether Drake’s journey was one of plunder or discovery?

Published by: Northern Grid
St. David / Dewi Sant

A set of colourful and interesting activities at various levels. They include an electronic version of St David’s story, wordsearches, matching and sequencing activities, information book, multiple choice question games, create pictures, matching pairs games and jigsaws.

Published by: NGfL Cymru
Study Skills

Activities for becoming an effective learner and managing your own learning. The site is divided into three age groups: 5-9, 10-14 and 15-18-year-olds; and four headings - Get, Understand, Remember and Do. Includes notes for teachers, parents/carers and students.

Published by: Glow
Surviving Belsen

Archive photographic material released by Durham County Records Office. How and why did the Holocaust happen? KS3 Citizenship, QCA Unit 3 Human rights and QCA Unit 16 Celebrating human rights.

Published by: Northern Grid

Imagine a search engine designed for KS2 children… What would it look like? It would be easy to use, allow safe internet searches and filter inappropriate results to give KS2 relevant, child-friendly online resources, helping children to find valuable sites with an appropriate educational focus. It would also ensure that children don’t interpret the search as ‘boring’ or ‘restrictive’. It becomes in short an ideal place from which children can explore the web.

Published by: SWGFL
The Abolition Project

This site looks at Thomas Clarkson and his fellow abolitionists who fought for the ending of the Transatlantic Slave Trade and the emancipation of enslaved Africans in the British colonies.

This site has been designed to provide background information, lesson ideas and tools for teachers, but could also be used by pupils for research with support.

Published by: E2BN
The Grace Darling Factfile

Read all about Grace and how she became famous.


Published by: Northern Grid
The History Maze

Board the time machine and meet characters from a range of historical eras, from Roman times to the twentieth century. Use your knowledge of each era to find your way through the maze and get back to the present day with your gold pieces

Published by: Glow
The Romans in London

The resource features exclusive access to Roman remains in the City of London, the Museum of London Archaeological Archive and a gladiatorial re-enactment organised by the Museum of London. The resources are all presented in high resolution video and images – allowing teachers and children to explore and immerse themselves in life in Roman London.


Published by: LGFL
The settlement at Roanoke

Based on primary sources this resource asks what went wrong for the earliest settlers in America.

Published by: Northern Grid
The struggle to end slavery

Find out what people who supported slavery thought and what motivated the anti-slavery campaigners to agitate for an end to slavery in the 19th century.

Published by: Northern Grid
Unlocking Archives Broadband Project

An exciting broadband project, launched at BETT 2008, combining documents from The National Archives, photographs from English Heritage and film from BFI to provide teachers with original source material to develop creative approaches to the History and Citizenship curriculum. Pupils of all ages will be able to engage with original sources using correct historical methods. The resources have not been mediated, abridged or edited in any way.

Published by: SEGFL
Using archives for literacy

A series of downloadable working sheets focusing on Britain in the Second World War that can be used in the teaching of literacy.


Published by: Northern Grid
Victorian Crime and Punishment

This website is all about Crime and Punishment in the UK in the 19th Century. It contains a database with actual prisoner records and case studies for a more in-depth view of the crimes and trials of some of the inmates.

Published by: E2BN
Victorian Durham

Find out more about life in Victorian Durham in this online resource which also includes links to a trail around the city centre. 

Published by: Northern Grid
Visual Literacy

Six Harrow Schools from Key Stage 1 and 2 completed an exciting multimedia project
using digital video cameras to express the visual literacy ideas of the students in their schools.

The topics vovered included Poetry, Fairy Tales, the Romans and Circuits.

All ctopics ome with full lesson plans and examples od children's work

Published by: LGFL
War Witness

War witness is a new and developing project that aims to provide a rich repository of digital resources including images, video and eye witness accounts from World War 2 and more recent conflicts.

Published by: E2BN
What impact did technology have on the First World

The First World War witnessed many new technological developments such as the use of aircraft, developments in artillery techniques, changes in methods of communication and the use of gas. This resource looks at these developments and asks what impact they had.

Published by: Northern Grid
What is History?

Designed to act as introduction to the study of history at secondary school, this resource includes sections on timelines, different types of source material, anachronisms and bias.

Published by: Northern Grid
What was Durham like in the past?

This local history study focuses on the Market Place in Durham to show how and why it has changed. 

Published by: Northern Grid
What was it like to fight in the Battle of the Som

Everyone has heard of the Somme but what was it like to take part. Find out more by looking at these differing accounts.

Published by: Northern Grid
What was it really like to fight in the First Worl

Since the 1960s the emphasis has been on the awful conditions, the terrible casualty rates and on the stupidity and cowardice of the 'butchering and bungling' generals. But what was it really like for the men on the Western Front?


Published by: Northern Grid
What was slave life like?


This resource considers the life of slaves and asks whether Booker T Washington's description of life as "miserable, desolate and discouraging" is accurate.


Published by: Northern Grid
What was trench warfare?

Trench warfare has become synonymous with the First World War but what was it really like and why did it become so predominant? Find out more about the theory and the reality of trench warfare.


Published by: Northern Grid
Wiltshire History Quest

Aimed at KS2, with this site you can visit the past, engage with interactive museum artefacts and download educational resources. It features Pre-History, Tudors, Romans, Victorians and Britain since the 1930s.

Published by: SWGFL
World Wars Resources

Index of resources from the RBCs to support work on World War 1 and 2.

Published by: Northern Grid

Xeno (providing on-line learning and support for young people and those caring for them)

Xeno is a co-operative venture for members of SEGfL and Uniservity. We are building a ‘virtual learning community’ of professionals and young people that enables resources to be jointly developed and encourages co-operative learning.

‘Personalised learning’ will put the learner at the centre of provision and give every child access to online tools. Xeno is an online environment that will act as a virtual school for children who are disconnected from normal schooling. Schools and local authorities generally struggle to maintain levels of achievement with these groups and research recommends catch-up support and independent/individual learning opportunities out of school. SEGfL proposes to facilitate the combination of local authority efforts so that resources can be jointly developed or procured, good practice can be shared and children can store and retrieve their work and learning records

Xeno will become a focal point of opportunity for pupils going in and out of mainstream education and an opportunity for local authorities to support their own pupils but also to contribute towards the whole in terms of content, materials and staffing. It will be of particular interest to staff and children in pupil referral units, hospital and home tuition services, young offenders’ institutions, teenage parents’ units, young carers’ organisations, home education organisations and looked after children’s services as it will create a virtual community for these, often isolated, professionals. It could also be used by schools to support pupils that are temporarily excluded.

Through its partnership with Uniservity and using the cLc, Xeno will work closely with the relevant professionals to provide:

• Learning Platform functionality with secure, remote access and online storage.
• Links to a wide range of resources to provide curriculum materials, including the internet.
• Links to schemes of work that can guide students through a variety of curriculum objectives.
• Provision of an e-Portfolio that can be stored, updated and retrieved.
• Personal space for students to store and retrieve their work.
• Interaction with tutors (issue tasks, hand-in work, feedback grades and comments).
• Dialogue with tutors (leave questions and get answers).
• Dialogue with other students (a virtual school community).
• All in a safe, secure, on-line environment.

Published by: SEGFL

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