History drama workshops for Key Stage 1 (KS1)

Our KS1 History drama workshops support many strands of the Key Stage One history curriculum and will give your children a memorable and accessible way of engaging with historical characters, periods and events.

The drama workshops are led by one facilitator, often in-role as a historical character such as Florence Nightingale.

  • Changes Within Living Memory
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester

    Seaside Journeys (London, West Midlands, South West)

    Visiting seaside holiday destinations from 1910 to the present day, your children will explore how holidays and pastimes have changed over the past century in a session filled with holiday fun. 

    "This was a great introduction to Seaside holidays past and present. They took so much away from the session, which really inspired their writing. It was interactive and accessible for Year One."
    Aniella Mazgajczyk, Moons Moat First School, Redditch

    Magical Toy Museum (London, West Midlands, South West, Manchester)

    Late in the day, when all the visitors have gone home, your children enter the Magical Toy Museum. Using their bodies, voices and imaginations they will bring to life a range of toys, both old and new, including china dolls, threadbare teddy bears and clockwork robots.

    "Children were enchanted by the session and loved all of the opportunities for drama and role play."
    Anna Norman, Brookburn Primary, Chorlton

    Up and Down the Ages - Large Group Session ( London) 

    In this fast-paced journey from Ancient Greece to the present day, your KS1 children will explore five different time periods using music, dance and artefacts, meeting historical characters including Samuel Pepys, Rosa Parks and Tim Berners-Lee.

    "The year group enjoyed learning about the past through this wonderful workshop. A very interactive session, which we will be able to refer back to as it links with our ongoing work."
    Mrs Gillard, Hilldene Primary School, Romford, Essex


  • Awareness of the Past
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester

    Victorian Homelife & Toys (London) 

    The ‘new servants’ at Sudbury Manor must complete all household chores
    to the housekeeper’s satisfaction if they are to enjoy the Victorian toys at the end of a long day. 

    "Children want to be historians now, a great way to start out home in the past topic."
    Louise Boardman, Hinchley Wood Primary, Surrey

    Victorian Schooldays (London, West Midlands)

    Transport your classroom back to1899 and give your children a lesson they won’t forget as our Victorian schoolteacher assesses handwriting, drill and arithmetic. 

    "The session was fabulous. I was especially impressed that the facilitator kept in role the whole time. A perfect way to end our topic."
    Rebecca Collins, Bishop Gilpin Primary, Wimbledon

    (Not currently available in the South West)

    Quest for Kings, Queens and Castles (London, West Midlands, South West, Manchester)

    Lower the drawbridge, cross the moat and join the Knight of Knowledge on a medieval quest to discover life inside a castle, singing regal rhymes and uncovering facts about kings and queens. 

    "The children were engaged throughout the session and are now very knowledgable on the topic. A really enjoyable, interactive session. We will be booking for next year and for other events!"
    Natasha Langley, Huncoat Primary, Lancashire 

  • Significant Individuals
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester

    Inspiring Women (London, West Midlands, South West, Manchester). Available from January 2018!

    This immersive workshop highlights significant women of the past and present, inspiring your pupils with their lives and legacies. A fantastic addition to your school’s International Women’s Day celebrations! 

    Guy Fawkes (London)

    Join our time traveller on an imaginary and interactive journey back to 1605. Meet Guy Fawkes, the King, and uncover the Gunpowder plot. Watch your class learn the facts and participate in debates.

    Mary Seacole (London)

    As Mary shares her stories and explains the challenges she faced, your children will witness her encounter with Florence Nightingale and help the famous nurse set up the British Hotel. 

    "Best drama session I have seen in over a decade. The session had everything possible in it to engage the children, they learned so much and I would love to book more sessions as soon as possible!"
    Sarah Pereira, Princes Plain Primary, Kent

    Columbus and Armstrong (London, Manchester)

    Exploring the life and times of these two intrepid explorers; recreating the events of their journeys and discoveries, your pupils will discover the many similarities between these two great men.

    Florence Nightingale (London, West Midlands, South West, Manchester)

    Travelling with Florence to Scutari hospital and roleplaying scenes from her life, your class will explore her childhood memories as well as her nursing legacy. 

    "A fantastic hour spent learning about the life of Florence Nightingale. The facilitator was brilliant the children really enjoyed their experience. I will recommend the group to the school and fellow teachers. It helped consolidate the children's learning for this term."
    Shweta Randeri, Hendon Prep, London




  • Important Events
    • Greater London & Essex
    • West Midlands & South West
    • Greater Manchester

    Great Fire of London (London, West Midlands, South West, Manchester)

    Experience the London of 1666 as your pupils recreate life in Pudding Lane, become the fire as it grows and spreads, meet the famous diarist Samuel Pepys and debate the rebuilding of the city. 

    "A fantastic start to our topic, all the children were engaged! A great way to involve the children in history and one in which they will remember the facts!"
    Kathryn Jackson, Cam Everlands Primary, Gloucestershire

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Contact us to choose a date for your workshop or find out more about the sessions.


“The children were mesmerised by the variety of characters they were introduced to. Historical details were presented in great depth”

Cat Stratton, Buttsbury Infants, Essex

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