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DISCOVER SOME OF EUROPE’S HISTORY  ROAD SCHOOLING HIGHLIGHTS…..

Roadschooling our children each week has allowed us to seek out new travel/education or adventure opportunities across Europe. So if you’re considering planning your own road trip or just adding something educational to an extended family holiday, we hope it gives offers ideas for educational family fun across Europe.

  • Education
  • History

SO WHY DO WE BELIEVE HISTORY IS IMPORTANT?

​It allows our children to understand society, understand change, provides a sense of identity, preserves stories and inspires us to make better choices for the future.

We are not makers of history. We are made by history.-Martin Luther King, Jr.

WHAT ARE WE HOPING TO ACHIEVE?

​Ensuring our children consider all historical perspectives. To see both sides of each event, ensuring they empathise with but evaluate historical events across European countries  
  • CLICK HERE - Online series of downloadable lessons
  • CLICK HERE- For those of you on twitter, this is worth a look for who to follow for tips, resources and views
  • CLICK HERE - Links to National Curriculum teaching resources / schemes of work
  • CLICK HERE - For those that love a good app, here's some history based apps for you to look at for inspiration
  • CLICK HERE - Useful 5mins challenges website, can be easy way to break up topics
  • CLICK HERE - Great school based collection of primary aged History resources
  • CLICK HERE - Good multimedia site from BBC History
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TOPIC ​COVERED​
EXPERIENCE
LEARNING ​FOCUS
LOCATION
Aviation History
  • View changing designs of planes from the Wright brothers up to modern airforce planes and record major developments.
  • Compare planes used in WWII by Italian Air Force to the Allied forces planes. How did they differ
Lake Bracciano, Italy
British History
  • Using evidence from Horrible Histories play of the Georgian times (Stamford Arts Centre).Understand how Britain changed in Georgian period
  • View Georgian Period display inc 'bull running' parade, contrast Georgian times with today's society
Stamford, England
British/French History
  • Using the audio guide that leads you through the tapestry details, describe the pattern of events that led up to the Battle of Hastings.
  • Compare the British, French accounts/evidence, which one is likely to be more accurate and why
Bayeux,  France
British History
  • Visit the visually informative museum with pictures and guides detailing the bloody massacre between the McDonald and the Campbell clans.
  • Identify the course of events that led to the final orders to attack the clan during the night
  • Timeline the period leading unto the massacre
Glen Coe, Scotland
British History
  • Visit the Loch Ness museum with it's detailed sightings, scientific analysis of the validity of any Loch Ness Monster.
  •  Describe the increasing sophistication of submarines used to search the waters.
  • Evaluate the sources of evidence and reach your own decision
Loch Ness, Scotland
British History -Monarchy
  • View the on-board interactive tour of the history & how life was lived aboard HMS Britannia.
  • Describe the her role in British history and how she was used in the Falklands conflict
  • Seek out 5 pieces of evidence that describe the Royal Families life aboard the ship
Edinburgh, Scotland
British / Roman History
  • Visit and experience the ruined Roman fort (National Trust), then walk along the wall.
  • Describe how the fort's village had been arranged and discuss why the wall was built and the  strategy behind its building.
  • Research the Picts/Romans and contrast their lives at this time
Hadrian's Wall, England
WWII History
  • Learn how Germany rebuilt its economy after WW2
  • Choose a German company and discover more out about its history (in our case Truma which had started, first as a school to teach English after the WW2, then produced lamps / heating systems/ air conditioning units.)
  • Discover how products have altered and the reasons for this development. Identify future developments
Munich, Germany
Greek / Italian History
  • Taking opportunity to see Greek and Italian heritage combined (Agrigento), describe how they differ to Roman temples
  •  Walk around the best kept ruins of Greek temples outside of Athens, describe how Greeks used their temples
  • Research why the Greeks chose Sicily for their temples
Agrigento, Sicily
Italian History - Inventors
  • Using the museum in Florence, Investigate who Leonardo Da Vinci was, his art work/drawings and inventions
  • Using the hands on displays, understand how his inventions have shaped history
  •  Compare his inventions to modern day uses and describe your favourites
Florence, Italy
Islamic History
  • Describe the historical timeline behind this islamic temple in Spain, with its Moorish influence that was once regarded as Islam's version of heaven.
  • Explain why Islam spread across Andalusia and into Spain
  • Describe the key functions of the Alhambra Palace in 1200
Granada, Spain
Italian History / UNESCO heritage
  • Using the information around about the Leaning Tower of Pisa, explain what the Renaissance period was
  • Climb the tower and create a video blog on it's history for a year 5 class in the UK
Pisa, ​Italy
Medieval History (France)
  • Walk around the medieval town's walls getting a feel for medieval architecture. Explain the defensive features
  • Explain the reasoning behind the layout of the town
Carcassonne, France
Medieval History (Belgium)
  • Using the Historium Museum , listen and collect evidence from the audiovisual guide/recreated models detailing life in Brugge during the medieval times.
  • Explain why Bruges was successful in the Middle Ages
  • Explain how a market square may of looked, felt in these times
Brugge, Belgium
Coastal Maritime History (Spain)
  • Visit San Sebastian Aquarium, collect information from displays demonstrating how fishing has changed
  • Contrast olden fishery methods with the newer ones (from models)? Describe what remains similar
  • Compare other sea faring/coastal nations i.e Dutch, UK, France. How did their navy compare with each others
San Sebastián, Spain
Industrial History (Germany)
Deutsche Museum Munich, Germany
Industrial History (Holland)
  • View the preserved village, describe the process used to create flour & spices after visiting the inner working of a windmill
  • Find evidence of how this was sold to markets
  • Discover other industries that may have existed in Holland
Zaanse Schans, Holland
Roman History (Spain)
  • Cycle alongside the Roman aqueduct that connects the old/new towns.
  • Discuss how it could have been built, and by whom
  • Discover the difference between aqueducts and viaducts
Segovia, Spain
Roman History (Italy)
  • Walk around the ruined town/port discovering the uses of the buildings and why they are laid out as they are
  • Using  the information around the site, describe the key features of a roman settlement
  • Describe daily life for a rich and poor man in roman times
Ostia Antica, Italy
Roman History (Italy)
  • Capture a view of life in a ruined Roman city, describe how the town was laid out and what was its main purpose
  • Using the reconstructed houses, describe what happened to Pompeii when Mount Vesuvius erupted,
  • Explain why Roman artefacts can help build a picture on life
Pompeii, Italy
Spanish History
  • Visit museum and view artefacts and read information about the history of Spanish Bull fighting at Ronda.
  • Walk round and experience the bullring in the stands/behind the scenes and in the ring itself.
  • Describe why bull fighting is an important part of Spanish history
Ronda, Spain
Spanish History
  • Walk around the buildings and the gardens and read about the history of the building and its occupants.
  • Describe why Cordoba has such a varied religious mix
  • Find evidence to describe how the Crusades were fought
Córdoba, Spain
Spanish History
  • Use the audio guide and describe the  daily life of the monarchy in the castle
  • Explain how the rooms were dressed/arranged for queens
  • Describe why this was a strong fortification
Segovia, Spain
WW2 History
D Day Landings (WW2) - Part 1 - Part 2
  • Using the museum & landing sites in Normandy, explain how the landings were structured (to meet German 'N Atlantic Wall'
  • Understand the contribution made by the wider Commonwealth (Juno Beach Centre)
  • Describe the difference in uniforms, weapons and vehicles used in the war between the Allies and Axis forces
  • Understand strategic importance of the D-Day landings to WW2
Normandy, France
WW1 History
  • Taking a battlefield tour, walk around the battle fields, memorials and artillery collections with a guide explaining what happened and when.
  • Describe why it is important to remember fallen soldiers
  • Contrast the success of the Battle of Passchendale & Somme
Ypres, Belgium
WW1 History
  • Visit the museum to learn about the lives of some of the people involved in the war and discover more about some of the events through the eyes of the armed force personnel/nurses/doctors.
  • Describe what life was like for soldiers in the Great War
Ypres, Belgium
Croatian History
  • Learn about the history of the city by creating a treasure hunt for other people to enjoy and learn about the town.
  • Why did Trogir come under Venetian control
  • How important was the Adriatic Sea in ancient history
Trogir, Croatia
Viking History
  • Tour the interactive museum, dress up and re-enact some typically Viking family scenes. Describe what life must have been like to be a child in a Viking settlement
  • Contrast the effects of religion on Vikings - from Luciferan, Christian and typical Norse Gods such as Odin, Thor
Ribes, Denmark
WW1 Battlefields
  • Using a registered tour guide, trace the history of the battle from the very first offensive to the final acts of the Somme Battle
  • Visit Memorials, Cemeteries, Museums on the route to gain a fuller context of the Battle to the wider WW1
  • Contrast the methods of trench preparation and the methods of warfare used in WW1 to knowledge gained about WW2
  • Using poetry skills learnt in Alsace, choose one war poem to discuss and compare to 'In Flanders Field'
Arras, France

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