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How The Site Is Growing

This part is mainly for parents and/or teachers.

Our site is aimed at giving young people, and any others who wish to join in, more knowledge about the world they inhabit. There is no specifically defined age range but our material is best for ages between 4 and 15. Similarly we do not write for any specific curriculum. We want to create, within those who follow us, an infectious desire to learn. The material we upload can be used in a variety of ways and will, hopefully, encourage people to actually become part of the whole learning process. There is, however, no specific or prescribed way to make use of our site. We provide the necessary tools for you to build the learning machine. To be absolutely honest, as one teacher involved in the development of the site said to me, if you can't find parts to both motivate your pupils and make their learning more fun and also more meaningful, you may be in the wrong profession. This is the position as at the beginning of September 2022 with information about our future plans.

SECTIONS ALREADY ON THE SITE
The World
Times Past
English Counties
Your Turn
England on a Plate
Have A Go

FUTURE ADDITIONS
Sections to be added between September 2022 and July 2023
Sections to be added between September 2023 and July 2024
Sections to be added between September 2024 and July 2025
Sections to be added from September 2025 and beyond

THE WORLD

These pages are to introduce our followers to all the countries of the world. They give a brief but interesting introduction to these countries. Information is geared, in part, to what might interest young people but, for each country, identical topics are covered so comparisons are easy. We use a lot of statistical data 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 jpg file 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.

We will update all figures currently on the site at the end of 2022. We would welcome any suggestions with regard to adding/deleting any categories.

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TIMES PAST

England's history has been divided into 24 separate time 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, the best of which will then appear with the relevant story. Each story has an audio version too.

During 2022-23 we will re-visit each period of history to add or edit the existing material. Then, during our 2-year journey we will collect video and photographic material from places we visit and add these to the appropriate sections during the summer of 2025.

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ENGLISH COUNTIES

This section takes our followers on a virtual journey through the counties and metropolitan boroughs of England with some information and fun facts. This is very much a prelude to our journey, beginning in September 2023.

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YOUR TURN

In this section we have set out various projects that can be done by young people from all over the world. Their finished work can then appear on our website or as a link to a genuine school 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, where applicable, some examples of work done previously. Each project also has a set of teacher's notes and, in PDF format, copies of any material needed.

We will start uploading projects sent to us and links from schools in August 2023. The projects and links will be accessed from this page.

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ENGLAND ON A PLATE

During 2021-22 Richard decided, with some help from Jon and Denise, to cook some of the recipes in our English Counties section. Their efforts can now be seen as short videos on the appropriate county or metropolitan borough page. The recipes are fairly easy and intended for young chidlren, with some adult help and supervision, to attempt.

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HAVE A GO

Also during 2021-22 we added some short ideas that you could have a go at and these were in The Club section. They're all still there and the last 23 of them cover an idea from a different period of history, as shown in our Times Past section.

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SECTIONS TO BE ADDED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 2022 AND JULY 2023

ON THE FARM

England has had farmers since the Stone Age and we are going to take you on a journey where we look at different types of farming and what happens during a normal year..

IN MY GARDEN - PART ONE

Not everyone has space for a farm around their home but you might be able to find somewhere that allows you to grow something. Denise is a very keen gardener and each month she will upload a little video guide showing you things you can do to grow plants or your own vegetables.

AT THE FOREST SCHOOL

We believe learning should all be about curiosity and imagination and also creativity. Owlbut (he'll tell you the story in the first episode) recently found our local forest school where children have all sorts of fun. More will be explained in the next few weeeks and all will start on September 12th.

CHAT WITH OWLBUT

Owlbut wants to see some of you. Once we get travelling that will be a lot easier but until then he has decided that once a week he will have a short 30 minute chat with a group of 5 of you. Details of how you can become involved are here.

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SECTIONS TO BE ADDED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 2023 AND JULY 2024

OUR JOURNEY – PART ONE

We will begin our massive journey through England. Dates can be found on our "journey" pages

A GEOGRAPHY JOURNEY – PART ONE

Interspersed with the uploads from our journey will be specific uploads relating to geographical topics, enhanced by videos and photos from our journey

IN MY GARDEN - PART TWO

Denise will continue her guide to growing things in your garden or even indoors. Once she gets started we can't stop her.

MEET THE OWL

For each area that we are in during our 2023 – 2025 journey we would like to visit a couple of schools. Details of how you can become involved will appear later.

There may a couple of other bits too but we'll let you know nearer the time.

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SECTIONS TO BE ADDED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 2024 AND JULY 2025

OUR JOURNEY – PART TWO

The second year of our massive journey through England. Dates can be found on our "journey" pages

A GEOGRAPHY JOURNEY – PART TWO

Once again we will intersperse videos and photos about geographical topics with our journey uploads.

THE FISHING YEAR

England is an island and has fantastic access to a vast area of water around our coasts. Most of us eat fish but have we ever really thought about the lives of the people who catch the fish that lands on our table. We look at the different ways this is done.

IN MY GARDEN - PART TWO

Denise continues her monthly guide to all things that grow in the earth.

MEET THE OWL

We would continue our idea of meeting with two schools from each area.

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SECTIONS TO BE ADDED FROM SEPTEMBER 2025 AND BEYOND

We have some plans but at the moment they're a secret. All we'll say is halò, dia huit and bore da.

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