The Main Teacher, Tony North
I've been delivering day-long creative workshops to KS2 children since 2004. I have a masters degree in education and a masters in developmental psychology (see my CV). I taught history to 11-14 olds for two years in Washington DC (see a reference from this school). I also worked for a year as a teaching assistant in Manchester, as well as volunteering for three years in US elementary schools. I also have a strong interest in the arts, including painting, drawing, photography, video making, and creative writing.
I teach all the workshops, in the area shown on this map.
Terry Briody is teaching the Anglo-Saxons workshop in a larger region than Tony - see map. Terry has many years' experience in education primarily as an art teacher. He also has a background in agronomy and geology - see Terry's CV here. He plans to do more Time Trips workshops in the future.
This page is mostly about Tony; for details on Terry please visit his Anglo-Saxons page.
Time Trips workshops take place in your own school, mostly in the classroom. Each class takes a whole day, so for example two year 5 classes will take two days. Materials are provided for all activities, except for ordinary classroom items such as pencils, scissors, table covers and paint pallets.
At present there are 7 ancient history workshops and 5 science workshops, with various options for some of these lessons (topics in brackets; click links for more details):
Evolution (two options, Adaptation and Natural Selection)
|Fossils and Bones (Fossils, rocks, dinosaurs, skeletons)||Y4-6|
(of Ancient Egypt)
|Egyptian Fashion (jewellery, clothes, make-up and perfume)||Y4-6*|
|The Pyramids - (how they were built and why)||Y5-6|
|Greek Legacies (art and architecture)||Y5-6**|
|Greek Warfare (hoplite arms and tactics, the battle of Marathon)||Y5-6|
|Romans in Britain (Roman towns, mosaics, Roman and Celtic metal art)||Y4-6|
(Anglo-Saxon weapons and armour, and jewellery)
*May be suitable for mature year 3s
**May be suitable for mature year 4s
In some cases you can mix and match half-day sessions from the workshops according to your needs. Email or call me to discuss any ideas you have.
Choosing Workshop Options
I may ask you to choose certain workshop options before I send the letter to you. This may be which of the Greek plays you want to do, which dinosaur you want to make, which of the Romans options you want, or which of the Egyptian workshops you want to do (gods and pharaohs, fashion, or the pyramids). If you want to think about it and get back to me that's fine. If I don't hear back from you within a week, I will make the choice for you and email a letter with the relevant details. If you then decide you want a different option, please let me know so I can bring the right resources on the day.
The fee is £249 per day for each workshop for 2016-2017 (the fee for 2017-18 will be £259 per day, and £275 for the new Space workshop). This price is all-inclusive (there is no VAT). Discounts are available for smaller classes (<25 children - please ask when booking). The fee covers the cost of all the materials I bring. You will only have to provide basic classroom supplies such as scissors, paint pallets, pencils and rulers. A list of these items is in the letter I will email you after booking, and can also be found on the web page for each workshop (see above links).
Note: I am not taking long distance bookings. By 'long distance' I mean that it will take 50 minutes or more for me to reach you or to get home. Click here for a map showing roughly the area I cover (plus Terry's region).
How to Make a Booking
To book a workshop, or make any enquiries, email: email@example.com
You can also call me on the numbers below. However I am out most days until after 4pm, by which time most teachers have left school, so email is the most reliable form of contact.
Tel: 0161 224 6445 (you can leave a message on this number)
Mob: 07754 406422
Address: 44 Whitebrook Road, Manchester M14 6EF
For Terry's contact details visit his Anglo-Saxons page.
Available dates are given on the homepage
Please note, I am currently teaching three days a week (usually Monday to Wednesday), to give me time to prepare resources and develop new workshops.
Once dates are agreed, I will ask you for a few details to help me plan the day, such as how many children are in each class and the daily schedule of breaks.
I will then send you a letter to confirm the booking and with some details about how to prepare for the day, and with forms to fill in, e.g. which child is making which artefact, or a permission slip for Egyptian-style make-up.
Payment can be made by cheque or bank transfer. You can give me a cheque on the day, or if that is not possible, post it to my home address: Tony North, 44 Whitebrook Road, Manchester M14 6EF.
If you wish to pay by BACS, my bank details are: Nat West, Sort code 01-01-97, Account Number 25325213.
I can provide an invoice on the day if needed. If you would like one in advance please let me know and I will include it with the booking letter or email it.
Police Clearance and Insurance
I have a DBS form which you can see here. I have signed up to the DBS update service, so the form is kept up to date every year and you can view the records on the DBS website. If you wish I can show you a copy of the form on the day.
I also have Public Liability Insurance with Aviva. If you wish to see the documents please let me know in advance.
If ID is required I will have my driver's licence with me.
Time Trips workshops are designed to involve challenging art and role play activities. This ensures an excellent learning experience for children, as well as superb outcomes, and fantastic value for money. In addition, I believe challenging lessons are more interesting and enjoyable, both for children and for teachers (and myself too!).
It is important therefore that the activities are appropriate for your class. Children should have a basic ability to carry out the tasks, most of which are differentiated to accommodate the normal range of abilities within most classes. In addition all classes should have good skills of listening and following instructions. In general, if the academic achievement of your school is below the national average (roughly in the lower third), then it is unlikely that the workshops are suitable for your children's needs. I may check your school's SATs/Ofsted results to make sure the activities are appropriate for your children. If in my judgment they will find the workshop too much of a challenge I will decline a booking. In this case I hope no offence is taken; of course none is intended.
If on visiting a school I find that a class struggles with the activities, I may regrettably decline future bookings. I do hope you understand. On some occasions in the past I have had to work extremely hard to ensure good outcomes, and this has left me very fatigued.
Information on the Topics
I have a good knowledge of these topics and will be happy to answer children's questions on the day, or afterwards via email.
This website also has lots of pages with information and photos, and a few games, for children to learn more. There are also some suggested activities for teachers to follow up the workshops, as well as pages with photos of workshops taking place in a number of schools.
The background picture to this page is from a copy of the Book of the Dead, which belonged to the nobleman Ani and can be seen in the British Museum.
I also have two other workshops on National Curriculum subjects:
Still life drawing (learning to draw from observation, proportion, ellipses, and shading)
Creative writing (creating and writing good story characters)