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Teaching and Learning Resources

We're here to support your learning at this time whether you're a teacher looking to complement your lesson planning or a parent looking for guidance and advice around home learning. Our wide range of free downloadable resources have been developed by our team of qualified teachers, educational experts and historians, and have been designed to support learners of all ages and abilities. 

All of our resources are easy to download and use at home, and are aligned with curriculum study. Below we've pulled together some top activities and ideas from our resource packs and organised them by theme to help you select the best materials to suit your area of study.

"Whilst schools and our sites are closed during this time, English Heritage learning continues our commitment in providing outstanding learning resources. From thematic resources that can be adapted to the needs of learners of all ages and abilities, to teaching tips to help make learning at home easier, we're here to help you discover and explore famous sites, important stories and key events that shaped England's past. Our education and learning team is made up of qualified teachers and experts who have first-hand knowledge of what it means to create and deliver lesson plans for a wide range of pupils and learners; all of this knowledge is freely available, in our easy-to-use kits."

Dr Dominique Bouchard, Head of Learning and Interpretation

 

Below we've carefully curated some of our top resources by theme to make it easier for teachers and home learners to access the content you need most. These highlights have been taken from our Teachers' Kits.

Scroll down to see our favourites organised by topic, or for the full list of our resources, discover our resources library.

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Teachers' Kits

Our Teachers' Kits are comprehensive resources designed by our experts to help you explore our historic places through hands on activities. Featuring historical information, site plans and activities you can try at home, these kits include everything you need to step into England's story.

If you'd like to browse our full range of Teachers' Kits, visit our resources library and browse by region.

You may also like A Mini Guide to Medieval Castles

Watch this short animation to discover how castles developed during the middle ages. We trace their evolution from early motte and bailey castles in Norman times to the sophisticated structures of the late medieval period, and explain why castles were as much about status as defence.

Watch this short animation to discover how castles developed during the middle ages. We trace their evolution from early motte and bailey castles in Norman times to the sophisticated structures of the late medieval period, and explain why castles were as much about status as defence.

You may also like A Mini Guide to Medieval Monks

There were many different religious communities in medieval Britain. Many of English Heritage’s religious sites were once home to one of the four major monastic movements – the Benedictines, Cluniacs, Carthusians and Cistercians. But do you know the difference between these religious orders? Watch this animation to find out more.

There were many different religious communities in medieval Britain. Many of English Heritage’s religious sites were once home to one of the four major monastic movements – the Benedictines, Cluniacs, Carthusians and Cistercians. But do you know the difference between these religious orders? Watch this animation to find out more.

You may also like A Mini Guide to Prehistoric Monuments

Scattered across the English landscape are hundreds of prehistoric monuments, spanning almost four millennia. Can you tell a henge from a hillfort? What was a stone circle used for? What’s the difference between a long barrow and a round barrow? Watch this animation to discover the answers to these and many other questions about England’s prehistoric monuments.

Scattered across the English landscape are hundreds of prehistoric monuments, spanning almost four millennia. Can you tell a henge from a hillfort? What was a stone circle used for? What’s the difference between a long barrow and a round barrow? Watch this animation to discover the answers to these and many other questions about England’s prehistoric monuments.

You may also like Battle of Hastings 1066 | Live Schools Event With Dan Snow

To mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, pupils from across the country put their 1066 questions to Dan Snow in our live schools event from Battle Abbey.

To mark the 950th anniversary of the Battle of Hastings, pupils from across the country put their 1066 questions to Dan Snow in our live schools event from Battle Abbey.

You may also like What Was Life Like? Episode 1 : Prehistory: Meet a Prehistoric Flint Miner

We sent young Members Flo and Alfie Tyrrell to quiz prehistoric expert Will Lord, and find out what life was like at a prehistoric flint mine at Grime's Graves in Norfolk.

We sent young Members Flo and Alfie Tyrrell to quiz prehistoric expert Will Lord, and find out what life was like at a prehistoric flint mine at Grime's Graves in Norfolk.

You may also like What Was Life Like? Episode 2: Romans | Meet a Roman Legionary

English Heritage members Amy and Peter head up to Hadrian's Wall to meet Marcus, a Roman legionary. They find our what life was like on the frontier of the Roman Empire.

English Heritage members Amy and Peter head up to Hadrian's Wall to meet Marcus, a Roman legionary. They find our what life was like on the frontier of the Roman Empire.

You may also like What Was Life Like? Episode 3: Anglo-Saxons | Meet an Anglo-Saxon Warrior

We follow young English Heritage Members, Tom and Hana Ellingham as they visit Offa's Dyke on the Anglo-Welsh border to interview Osmund - the Anglo-Saxon Warrior. Discover what life was like at this great frontier earthwork built by Offa, King of Mercia from AD757 to AD769, how the Saxons made their weapons, who they worshiped, what clothes they worse and why there probably had terrible breath!

We follow young English Heritage Members, Tom and Hana Ellingham as they visit Offa's Dyke on the Anglo-Welsh border to interview Osmund - the Anglo-Saxon Warrior. Discover what life was like at this great frontier earthwork built by Offa, King of Mercia from AD757 to AD769, how the Saxons made their weapons, who they worshiped, what clothes they worse and why there probably had terrible breath!

You may also like What Was Life Like? Episode 4: Normans | Meet William the Conqueror and King Harold

We sent young English Heritage Member Will back in time to interview King Harold and William the Conqueror to find out about why they went to war in the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Discover why both men thought they were the rightful heir to the English throne, the events leading up to battle and how they (and their armies) planned to win.

We sent young English Heritage Member Will back in time to interview King Harold and William the Conqueror to find out about why they went to war in the Battle of Hastings in 1066. Discover why both men thought they were the rightful heir to the English throne, the events leading up to battle and how they (and their armies) planned to win.

You may also like What Was Life Life? Episode 5: Medieval | Meet a Medieval Monk

Young English Heritage Members Emily and Sam visit Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire to meet St Aelred, its most famous abbot, to discover what life was like in this Cistercian monastery. Find out what the monks used to eat, how they dressed and why they communicated using sign language.

Young English Heritage Members Emily and Sam visit Rievaulx Abbey in North Yorkshire to meet St Aelred, its most famous abbot, to discover what life was like in this Cistercian monastery. Find out what the monks used to eat, how they dressed and why they communicated using sign language.

You may also like What Was Life Like? Episode 6: Castles | Meet a Medieval Noblewoman

Follow young English Heritage Members, Felicity and Olivia, on their visit to Framlingham Castle, in Suffolk, to learn all about the life of a medieval noblewoman. Find out what life was like in a medieval castle, how noblewomen behaved, dressed and learnt good table manners.

Follow young English Heritage Members, Felicity and Olivia, on their visit to Framlingham Castle, in Suffolk, to learn all about the life of a medieval noblewoman. Find out what life was like in a medieval castle, how noblewomen behaved, dressed and learnt good table manners.

You may also like What Was Life Like? Episode 7: Tudors | Meet a Tudor Cook

Experience what it was like to cook in a Tudor kitchen, through the eyes of young English Heritage Members’ Adham and Olivia. They go inside the grounds of Gainsborough Old Hall to meet Tudor cook, Thomas Griffin, cook to Lord William of Burgh, to find out what life was like working in a Tudor kitchen.

Experience what it was like to cook in a Tudor kitchen, through the eyes of young English Heritage Members’ Adham and Olivia. They go inside the grounds of Gainsborough Old Hall to meet Tudor cook, Thomas Griffin, cook to Lord William of Burgh, to find out what life was like working in a Tudor kitchen.

You may also like Harold vs William

The Battle of Hastings is a well-known event in history, but why was there a succession crisis in England in 1066 and who had the strongest claim to the English throne – Harold Godwinson or William of Normandy?

The Battle of Hastings is a well-known event in history, but why was there a succession crisis in England in 1066 and who had the strongest claim to the English throne – Harold Godwinson or William of Normandy?

You may also like Why William Won at the Battle of Hastings

What exactly happened at the Battle of Hastings and how did the Normans defeat the Saxons?

What exactly happened at the Battle of Hastings and how did the Normans defeat the Saxons?

You may also like How to Make A Cardboard Sword

Learn how to make a cardboard sword before you go on a day out to one of our historic places.

Learn how to make a cardboard sword before you go on a day out to one of our historic places.

You may also like How to Make a Cardboard Shield

Learn how to make a cardboard shield before you go on a day out to one of our historic places.

Learn how to make a cardboard shield before you go on a day out to one of our historic places.

A Mini Guide to Medieval Castles
A Mini Guide to Medieval Monks
A Mini Guide to Prehistoric Monuments
Battle of Hastings 1066 | Live Schools Event With Dan Snow
What Was Life Like? Episode 1 : Prehistory: Meet a Prehistoric Flint Miner
What Was Life Like? Episode 2: Romans | Meet a Roman Legionary
What Was Life Like? Episode 3: Anglo-Saxons | Meet an Anglo-Saxon Warrior
What Was Life Like? Episode 4: Normans | Meet William the Conqueror and King Harold
What Was Life Life? Episode 5: Medieval | Meet a Medieval Monk
What Was Life Like? Episode 6: Castles | Meet a Medieval Noblewoman
What Was Life Like? Episode 7: Tudors | Meet a Tudor Cook
Harold vs William
Why William Won at the Battle of Hastings
How to Make A Cardboard Sword
How to Make a Cardboard Shield
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