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The Tudors

This part is mainly for parents and teachers.

This guide suggests how you can use the various existing parts of our site, as at December 2018, and how you can also make use of the new parts which start in April 2019 and go through until September 2021. The site is aimed at giving young people, and any others who wish to join in, more knowledge about the world. There is no defined age range. If pushed, I would say age 6 to 15 but older children can easily use it and the youngest can do so with adult, or older sibling, help.

We want to create, within these young people, an infectious desire to learn and to find out more. The material we upload can be used in a variety of ways and should encourage our followers to interact with us. However, there is no specific way to make use of our site. We provide the necessary tools, you build the learning machine. To be absolutely honest, as one teacher involved in the development of the site said, if you can't find parts to both motivate your pupils and make their learning more fun but also more meaningful, you may be in the wrong profession.

PHASE ONE

SECTIONS ALREADY ON THE SITE


GET INVOLVED

In this section we have set out various projects that can be done by young people from all over the world. Their finished work will then appear as a link to a genuine school site or actually hosted on this part of our site.

The projects cater for all age groups and all levels of learners. There are those to be done on your own and those to be done with others, the ones most likely to be done in a school situation.

Each project has instructions and information on how to submit it plus some examples of work done previously.

With the projects we also want to involve the older generation, apart from me, in our site and one project in particular hopes to achieve this aim.

We are well aware that teachers may need time to integrate these projects into their programmes of work and so we will not upload any projects or links until September 2020 although there is nothing to stop you putting the work on your own school site before then.

TIMES PAST

England's history has been divided into 24 separate periods. Within each period, except the first one, there are 3 parts.

A timeline and narrative, the timeline of which is divided into various calendar years which can be clicked to read more about the events in that year.
A series of hoots, “written” by Owlbut in his own style, and showing everyday life in the chosen period. He covers homes, clothes, food, daily life and culture for each period.
A story about the period, for which we are asking our followers to submit a drawing or picture which will then appear with the relevant story.

OWLBUT'S CLUB

Owlbut's Club is different. It is the only part of our site for which we make a charge. In fact the charge is only made to be able to win prizes, otherwise the club is free. It is not, as such, a subscription because it is not a recurring monthly or annual charge just a one-off amount to cover our costs in running the club.

SECTIONS TO BE ADDED BY JULY 2019

KNOW YOUR CONTINENT

These pages, which began in September 2018, are to introduce our followers to the various countries around the world. They give a brief but interesting introduction to the countries of the world. Information is geared to what might interest young people but, for each country, identical topics are covered so comparisons are easy. We use a lot of statistical date represented in different ways and, as such, it achieves our aim of a cross-curricula project. Children can be encouraged to make comparisons between countries that we do not and decide how to represent their findings.

Each diagram is uploaded to the site as a jpeg and so can, individually, be saved by the users. This, we hope, makes producing comparative data not only easier but also a little bit more exciting.

Information, on its own, is pretty useless. It is knowing what to do with that information that turns it into knowledge and, once you have that knowledge, it is using your imagination to create something new or different that is truly an achievement. Remember that Einstein believed that "Imagination is more important than knowledge. Knowledge is limited. Imagination encircles the world.” and added "The true sign of intelligence is not knowledge but imagination."

We know we are providing the information, it is for you to encourage those having this information to make it into knowledge and imagine what can be done with it. Dear old Mr E also said "It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken the joy in creative expression and knowledge.".

A JOURNEY INTO OWLBUT'S MIND

Every week, starting in April 2019 and finishing in May 2019, we will be uploading some short videos, about 7-8 minutes, to our site. All is revealed in the “Journey One” section but the purpose is to explain our site in more detail, give some ideas on how best to use it and also give more information about our future plans, especially those detailed in the next part.

PHASE TWO

SECTIONS TO BE ADDED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 2019 AND JULY 2020


BRINGING GEOGRAPHY ALIVE

As is explained in the “Journey Two” section, we will be travelling, from September 2019 until July 2020, through England, visiting every county and metropolitan borough. It would seem a waste, when undertaking such a trip, not to include some information about the varied geography of England and so, each week, there will be a video topic covering one aspect of the UK geography curriculum (KS1 and KS2), plus some additions that have come from our development partners.

BRINGING HISTORY ALIVE – PART 1

Within our Times Past section, is a part called “Owlbut's Hoots of History”. Unlike the timeline, which looks at events that had a more national impact, the hoots (it's his equivalent of a tweet and is made up of 280 words) look at a more personal part of history, namely homes, clothes, food, daily life and culture.

Starting in September 2019 and fitting in with the English school terms, we will change each picture in each hoot that is already on the site to a short video. This will begin with the Mesolithic Age on 30th September 2019 and continue, chronologically, until May 20120.

LIVE FROM THE JOURNEY

The journey will provide weekly updates which will include pages which have facts about the area visited, look at how a certain place has changed over the last 50 or more years, a chat with some people from the older generation who have lived there, a few limericks submitted by our followers, a gallery and a diary from the journey

PHASE THREE

SECTIONS TO BE ADDED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 2020 AND JULY 2021


The journey we will make in 2019-20 will allow us to visit and gather video material about many historical sites and events within our country. Sadly history does not happen in an organised fashion and so we cannot upload events each week from this journey. If we did there would be uploads appearing at random periods of history in the same week. Therefore the material gathered from the year long journey will be uploaded chronologically each week starting in September 2020 and again, fitting in with the English school terms, finish in May 2021.

There is a phase four but my daughter has questioned the wisdom of a near 70-year-old planning so far in advance, so you will have to wait for what that may be.

SUMMARY

I believe that by using the medium of travel, you can both regulate and inspire that trait of imagination, so important in understanding history, by adding some reality to the learning process and as well as thinking how things may have been, see them as they are now.

In olden days, history could come more alive by seeing pictures in a book. That is how many of us learned. Modern technology allows us to take young people to the site where history happened and to let them view, with a bit of guidance, the environment in which the actual scenes happened and then use their imagination to improve their knowledge of, and thoughts about, actual events and the lifestyles of the people who lived in that time.

The project will provide the opportunity for those who cannot travel to share in a voyage of discovery and, by mixing generations as well as cultures, it will also confirm the view of Sir Francis Bacon that travel in the younger sort, is a part of education; in the elder, a part of experience. It will also, importantly, encourage inquisitive learning. It will not be an encyclopaedic piece of work for as well as answering some questions, it will pose other tantalising ones for the users to investigate.

It may appear to be more of a fun adventure than a curriculum resource and the videos may look more like those that your friends would make rather than a BBC documentary. That is entirely intended. If learning is fun it will also be more enjoyable if you feel someone is filming something specially to show you and you will appreciate it more. What is more you may also feel more inclined to try to produce your own material, the very point of our projects in the Get Involved section.

I hope that you will encourage your own children, or those for whose learning you have a responsibility, to join in and use the material I have devised and become a part of their own learning journey too.