Program Activities

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Trip 1 – Tower of London

This session will be a fun and informative start to the programme. After the overall introduction to the programme we will explore the Tower of London and learn about some of the most famous parts of British history including the monarchy, religion and how British culture has become what it is now.

  • Battle of Hastings and William the Conqueror 
  • Magna Carta and its influence on our democracy today.
  • The War of the Roses and Henry VIII’s break from the Catholic Church.
  • Oliver Cromwell and the civil war.
  • The great Monarchs in the British history: Richard the Lionheart, Elizabeth I, Henry VIII, Queen Victoria.
  • Battle of Trafalgar and Lord Nelson
  • Battle of Waterloo and Duke of Wellington 
  • Industrial Revolution 

 

Trip 2 – Musical

A trip to a West End Musical is the highlight of the year for many young people in the UK. This will be an opportunity to explore and experience the stage and performing arts culture in the UK.

  • It will give the children a chance to engage with contemporary entertainment, and sing along with some popular songs.
  • It will be a magical experience with lots of learning whilst having a lot of fun.
  • Many of the musicals designed for children are drawn from books written by authors that the children might learn about in school.
  • We will either go to see Charlie and the Chocolate Factory to encourage creativity or the Curious Incident of the Dog in the Night time enabling children to be able to relate to those with learning difficulties.

Trip 3 – Museum of London

  • A visit to this museum will help bring together everything the children have experienced throughout the programme.
  • As well as building on knowledge of British history, we will learn about British culture and mannerisms. This will be in the format of a fun session where the visitors are encouraged to participate.
  • We will also introduce the children to some famous television programmes that contribute to day to day life but in an entertaining way. Programmes that have become a staple in today’s society such as EastEnders, X Factor, Have I got news for you and The great British bake off will bring children closer to understanding many aspects in popular culture.
  • This trip to the museum will also help the children to understand more recent conflicts that Britain has been involved in with overseas as well as at home. These are things such as the Iraq war and Falklands war, but also the Suffragette movement, relationships with the Republic of Ireland and the history of racism in Britain.

Trip 4 – Houses of Parliament/Westminster Abbey

This trip will build on the knowledge that the children will have developed from previous activities, and from school. We will introduce them to the political history of Britain and how the political system functions with the Monarchy. We hope that this trip will help the children be able to create their own opinions, and to learn that it is ok not to agree with everyone else about how the country is run.

  • The structure of the parliament; House of Commons and House of Lords.
  • The structure of the United Kingdom; England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales  
  • How laws are made in the UK
  • What are the main political parties and what they stand for?
  • The debating culture in the House of Commons. The House of Commons has been described as the “greatest debating chamber in the world”
  • Contemporary political figures and events: 

*Brexit, what it means, how it happened and its long term impact.

*Scottish Referendum

*Irish conflict and The Good Friday agreement

*Churchill, Blair and Thatcher 

*The Iraq war

Trip 5 – Gallery  

 Arts and creativity are key elements taught in school. The exploration of different forms of art will be vital in observing and understanding the impact of creativity in everyday life. A gallery visit exploring the techniques and patience required to achieve great pieces of art

  • To explore the variety of Art in its different forms and find out about significant artists from the UK, as well as worldwide.
  • To get a sense of the importance of individual expression in British culture and ways of using Art as communication.

Trip 6 – The Globe Theatre

A trip to the famous globe will be pivotal help in future conversations for the children. Seeing a live performance is an unforgettable experience which can help in many ways.

  • To connect the children’s new knowledge of British history with William Shakespeare, Britain’s famous playwright.
  • To enjoy learning in a fun way about the British sense of humour, steeped in satire and sarcasm

Trip 7 – Sports

                  Sports have a huge part in day to day life in Britain. Many displaced children wouldn’t know about the great sporting events and the culture here in the UK. In this session we will try to touch on these sporting activities. This will also help the children understand what other children may be talking about or doing on the playground at school. This session also covers a trip to Twickenham stadium. Understanding fundamental sports in British history will also be part of becoming more familiar with playground sport or games for the children

  • To give a history of the main well known British sports such as Cricket, Rounder’s, Darts, Tennis, Badminton, Basketball, Rugby, and Football.
  • Rugby; basic rules, dominating teams, national team names. Major tournaments. 
  • Football: Great rivalries, Tyne side derby, Manchester derby, North London derby, Glasgow derby and so on…
  • Wimbledon

Trip 8 – Literature

                  This session will try to cover both classic British Literature along with the contemporary Children’s literature. Authors such as Roald Dahl, Michael Morpurgo will be introduced and sets of popular books will be given as gifts to encourage reading.

  • To introduce the children to British literature, from famous writers whose books often draw on British history and culture.
  • Some of the books we will introduce are often used in schools, and also, their friends will probably be reading some. We will give the children a selection of books to keep by writers such as Roald Dahl, J K Rowling, and Michael Morpurgo.
  • To help the children engage more with their friends, make links with TV programmes, and understand more British youth culture.
  • To give the children the basic founding of British literature that British children would have had in their early years at school

Trip 9 – Celebrations and Holidays

This session will also highlight to the children the multicultural nature of British celebrations and life. Most people living in the UK will now join in all celebrations, regardless of religious and cultural history.

  • To introduce the children into popular British holidays and celebrations.
  • It will be an opportunity for the children to become more comfortable with things that they will see in their day-to-day life at school and understand the reasons for some celebrations.

Trip 10 – Castle

For a fun day out to celebrate the end of the programme, visiting one of England’s beautiful ancient castles.

  • To round up all the themes and areas of culture looked at in all other sessions
  • For the children to be able to ask questions, discuss/debate all they have experienced.

 

The activities are not in chronological order and subject to change when necessary. They will take place during the weekends and school holidays. 

 

 

 

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