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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 June 2021 with information about our future plans.

SECTIONS ALREADY ON THE SITE
The World
Times Past
English Counties
Your Turn

FUTURE ADDITIONS
Sections to be added between September 2021 and July2022
Sections to be added between September 2022 and July 2023
Sections to be added between September 2023 and July 2024

THE WORLD

These pages are to introduce our followers to the various countries around 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 beginning of September 2021. 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.

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ENGLISH COUNTIES

This section will take 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 2022.

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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 will then appear 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 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 2022 although there is nothing to stop you putting the work on your own school site before then.

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SECTIONS TO BE ADDED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 2021 AND JULY 2022

With there being no chance to plan, organise and carry out our proposed real journey through England in 2021-22, we have looked at new ways to maintain an active, developing site.


MEET THE OWL

Starting in September 2021 we will have, via our Club pages, a chance for schools to join a live chat with Owlbut (and Richard) each week.

LET'S DO IT

Each week, again starting in September 2021 and also via the Club pages, we have something fun for you to do or make, all connected to our site.

THE GREAT RICHARD BAKE-OFF

This one will be real fun. On our English counties pages we have, for each area, told you about a certain food connected to that area. Every Tuesday, during term time, Richard is going to pick one food item and try to cook it. The ten minute video we put up will amaze you.

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SECTIONS TO BE ADDED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 2022 AND JULY 2023

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

THE FARMING YEAR

England has had farmers since the Stone Age and we are going to take you on a journey through the farming year, looking at different types of farming and using the four Celtic festivals of Lughnasadh, Samhain, Imbolc and Beltane as our time base.

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SECTIONS TO BE ADDED BETWEEN SEPTEMBER 2022 AND JULY 2023

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.

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