Sowing Stories
Sowing Stories
Digging histories and telling tales

ACTIVITIES & SOURCES

This is a place to share some of the sources I've uncovered over the years and give you the chance to create a story with them, all of your own.

TREE WEEK 2017

TREE WEEK IDEAS PACK

This Ideas Pack is filled with activities and inspiration for anyone looking to take part in the Mayor of London's Tree Week.

  • Create a tree trail in your own home
  • Attempt the Apple A Day challenge
  • Produce ink from acorns

Along the way discover some of the 6000 varieties of apple, how to print leaves, why trees are so important to London and how you can get your local community involved in celebrating them!

pECKHAM TREESURE HUNT

 

Produced in collaboration with London Wildlife Trust and supported by the Mayor of London, the Peckham Treesure Map enables you to see SE15 in a  new way, through its trees! Click on the tree icons to find out more about a species and for ONE WEEK ONLY (27th May-5th June 2017) 15 trees have hidden content, from bird songs and aphid farms, to mini-demonstrations and Victorian photos! Use the map to find your way and hunt down as many QR codes as you can, unlocking the hidden content with your phone.

 
 

 

Activity sheets

Flowers to Fabric 

Flowers to Fabric offers Key Stage 2 activities about how plants are transformed into fabrics and the role they can have in society. 

  • Learn what little blue flowers have to do with Viking shields
  • How spit is turned into silk 
  • And the painful truth woven into some of our softest clothes

Each sheet uses one of the unique illustrations I found in The School Board for Birmingham's 1887 textbook The Science of Home Life, which was used to teach 10 year old girls some of the principles of Domestic Economy.

 

School Design  

School Design is aimed at Key Stage 3 History students undertaking Local History study or ideas, political power, industry and empire: Britain, 1745-1901

  • Learn about the role of the 1870 Education Act
  • Examine how a school building was perceived to influence the local environment
  • Design an emblem for your school  

This activity sheet uses images from the E.R. Robson's School Architecture. The book includes illustrations of many of London's Victorian schools and is an excellent resource for anyone interested in the history of schooling

 

Illustrations

Mary Elliot, Plain Things for Little People. Seasoned with Instruction Both for the Mind and the Eye" in Andrew Tuer (ed) Forgotten Children's Books (The Leadenhall Press, London, 1898)

Mary Elliot, Plain Things for Little People. Seasoned with Instruction Both for the Mind and the Eye" in Andrew Tuer (ed) Forgotten Children's Books (The Leadenhall Press, London, 1898)

Mary Elliot, Plain Things for Little People. Seasoned with Instruction Both for the Mind and the Eye" in Andrew Tuer (ed) Forgotten Children's Books (The Leadenhall Press, London, 1898)

Mary Elliot, Plain Things for Little People. Seasoned with Instruction Both for the Mind and the Eye" in Andrew Tuer (ed) Forgotten Children's Books (The Leadenhall Press, London, 1898)

Mary Elliot, Plain Things for Little People. Seasoned with Instruction Both for the Mind and the Eye" in Andrew Tuer (ed) Forgotten Children's Books (The Leadenhall Press, London, 1898)

Mary Elliot, Plain Things for Little People. Seasoned with Instruction Both for the Mind and the Eye" in Andrew Tuer (ed) Forgotten Children's Books (The Leadenhall Press, London, 1898)

Mary Elliot, Plain Things for Little People. Seasoned with Instruction Both for the Mind and the Eye" in Andrew Tuer (ed) Forgotten Children's Books (The Leadenhall Press, London, 1898)

Mary Elliot, Plain Things for Little People. Seasoned with Instruction Both for the Mind and the Eye" in Andrew Tuer (ed) Forgotten Children's Books (The Leadenhall Press, London, 1898)