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Celebrate London History Day

What is it?

Launched by Historic England, the first ever London History Day will be on Wednesday 31 May 2017. It is chance for us to celebrate our city’s unique history and heritage: its historic buildings, sites, communities and heroes. The aim is for this to become an annual event for Londoners.

How can I take part?

On Friday 26 May 2017, you can join in by encouraging your students to dress up as their favourite historic Londoner, or member of a London community, for the day!

The teachers’ resources guide, produced in partnership with Historic England and the Museum of London, has dressing up suggestions as well as recommendations for great activity you can do on the day and more.

We suggest you start planning for the day the week before. This will give students plenty of time to choose their character, or community member, and find out more about her, him, or them. The day could be part of your English programme, for example. You could ask students to write a brief biography, or a few key points, about their Londoner or group.

Help students to plan their costumes at school. Encourage them to use items of clothing they already have, or can borrow from parents or carers. They could also use recycled materials such as bin bags or old pillowcases for their costumes. Art and design lessons are a good opportunity to create props and accessories (see Activities in guide).

On the day, you can inspire your students to learn more about their city’s cultural heritage with fun activities. The teachers’ guide offers some suggestions you might like to use. Don’t forget to take lots of photos for classroom displays and your school website.

Then link up with other London schools, and Londoners, by sharing photos of your students’ celebrations on social media at #londonhistoryday.

Whilst your here, why not explore our free teaching resources for key stage 2 and 3 and see how the London Curriculum can enrich your teaching and stimulate curiosity in your students?!

Let us know if you have any questions!   

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