'The class loved it and it really kickstarted our topic' - Lucy Parker, Salterforth PS
Time Trips now delivers 30-minute online talks on history and science topics via Zoom. These are great ways to create excitement about a topic. Depending on the topic the children will see artefacts, models, fossils, and great visuals. They will be engaged with demonstrations, questions, games, and activities.
At present there are 4 ancient history and 4 science talks; see below details of each talk:
|Space (The Earth, Sun, and Moon)||Y5-6|
|Space (The Solar System)||Y5-6|
Evolution (The Tree of Life and Adaptation)
Inheritance (Inheritance, Chromosomes and Genes)
(of Ancient Egypt)
|Greek Legacies (Art and Architecture)||Y4-6|
|Roman and Celtic Art (Roman Mosaics, Roman and Celtic Art)||Y3-6|
(Anglo-Saxon Weapons, Armour, and Jewellery)
1. The Earth - basic facts, structure and size
2. The Earth's movements - why we have days and nights, and years - demonstrations with globe, models, and lights
3. The Sun - basic facts, images
4. The size of the Sun - activity to guess the size of the Earth compared to the Sun, using scale models
5. The Moon - basic facts, structure, features such as craters, size
6. Human exploration of the Moon
7. Gravity on the Moon - activity to see how high children could jump on the Moon
1. Intro - quick quiz about the Solar System (e.g. name all the planets, which is largest, hottest etc.)
2. A look at each planet and some of the major moons, with
a. scale models to understand relative sizes and colours
b. high quality images of each body
c. interesting facts including size, composition, surface features (e.g. craters, volcanoes, storms), temperature, human exploration, and possibility of life existing there
d. game - guess whether a photo shows an Earth or Mars landscape
e. game - guess size of Earth compared to Jupiter, with scale models
f. lots of questions to engage children
1. Intro - what is evolution? The evidence - fossils (show a few real fossils of different ages to show how life changed)
2. The Tree of Life - compare to a family tree; an example of a tree of life; Darwin's idea that all organisms are related; closeness of species relationships, e.g. the closest species to humans is chimps
3. Using fossils to reveal evolutionary change - look at Archaeopteryx (replica fossil) - examine how it is like and unlike a bird, and similar to a dinosaur (look at replica of Compsognathus fossil); how this fossil told us that birds are descended from dinosaurs.
4. Adaptation - what does it mean? Why did some dinosaurs evolve wings? Use animal models to illustrate - long neck of Brachiosaurus
5. Adaptation game - show 3 animal models (eagle, tiger, elephant) - pairs of children pick one and identofy an adaptation and why it might have evolved; share ideas
1. Intro - how do we resemble our parents? Why?
2. Chromosomes - how many we have in each cell; how XX and XY chromosomes determine sex; game to randomly create a family of boys and girls to see how inheritance of chromosomes works, and why half of all babies are boys and half girls
3. Genes - what they are and how they work; Mendel's pea experiments; dominant and recessive genes; how this works with eye colour
4. A look at the 'White spotting gene', which determines how much white a cat has in its fur; game to identify which variants of that gene a cat has
1. What are fossils and why are they important? Look at some real fossils - ammonite, trilobite - how they tell us about life in the past; look at photos of dinosaur skeletons in museums (T rex etc.); look at dinosaur models and model ammonite - the fossils tell us what the animal looked like
2. Look at 4 real dinosaur fossils (bone, tooth, eggshell, dung)
3. How do fossils form? Images to show the process
4. Fossil game - see 10 fossils and try to guess what animal they came from (children work in pairs and write answers down)
1. Intro - who were pharaohs? How can we identify them in a picture or statue? Crowns, headdress, cartouche with name in
2. The pyramids - why were they built? How were they built? Look at model of sled and model showing how ramps were built. The Step Pyramid and the pyramids of Giza - amazing facts
3. Khufu - the pharaoh buried in the Great Pyramid use a hieroglyph sheet to translate his name and write it.
4. Tutankhamun - photos to show the discovery of his tomb and his amazing treasures - look at photos and models of his mask, coffin, scarab pectoral and gold dagger; photos to show what Tut looked like when he was alive and now. Why is he the most famous pharaoh?
1. Greek temple architecture - photos of the Parthenon; models to show the 3 types of column; modern buildings with Greek columns
2. Greek column game - guess the column type in 10 photos
3. Greek art - four periods of Greek art history (Minoan, Geometric, Archaic, Classical) - photos to learn the types of art and how the style changed - how the Greeks invented realistic art; try poses of some statues to see how they became more dynamic
4. Greek art game - see 7 replicas of Greek art and working in pairs write down which period they are from
1. Roman mosaics - look at my own replicas of Roman mosaics and photos to see the different types of mosaics; how were they made? See my 3 real Roman mosaic tiles
2. Roman and Celtic metal art - see photos and my replicas of gold, silver and bronze treasures; Roman silver plates (Mildenhall treasure and Corbridge tray); Celtic mirror; Celtic torc (necklace); coins; Celtic shields; learn what each item is and any special meanings, such as representations of gods; learn the difference in style between Roman and Celtic art
3. Roman or Celtic Game - see photos of metal art and working in pairs write down if it is Roman or Celtic
1. Who were the Anglo-Saxons? Where they came from and when
2. Look at replicas of helmet, shield, sword and seax (long knife) as well as photos to learn about Anglo-Saxon weapons and armour
3. Use a rune sheet to translate the name inscribed on the Beagnoth seax in the British Museum (also my replica)
4. Look at photos and my replicas of Anglo-Saxon jewellery; learn about different styles, techniques, and special meanings such as hidden animals
How to Make a Booking with Tony: email:
You can also call me on the numbers below. However 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
The fee is £75 per talk for one class, £120 for two classes and £150 for three classes. There is no VAT. Talks last 30-35 minutes but you should allow 5-10 minutes extra to get started and for any questions etc. at the end.
Dates and Times
Available dates are given on the Time Trips homepage
Time slots for talks are as follows:
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, Account Name AM North.
I will send an invoice in advance, with the preparation letter.
IIf you need to cancel a booking, please let me know as soon as possible. If the cancellation is made at least two weeks before the workshop date, there will be no cancellation fee. If the cancellation is made after this date, half of the workshop fee will be due. Currently this amount is £30. I require this as it would be very difficult to get a replacement booking at this point.
For some of the talks it is helpful if you provide children with a worksheet which I will email to you to print. A few other resuorces may be useful too, such as whiteboards and pens, and for the science subjects rulers and calculators. All required resources will be listed in an email after booking. It may also be helpful if children are familiar with some basic concepts which I will again list in an email.
Information on the Topics
This website has lots of pages with information and photos, and a few games, for children to learn more. There are also details of the full-day, in-school workshops which I provide to schools within 50 minutes of Manchester.