Services for primary schools

Inspiring sessions based on real primary sources.

Our sessions focus on a range of historical topics and can be tailored to meet your students’ needs.

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Sessions at your school

‘Thank you so much, our visit was exactly what I’d hoped for! The children were thrilled with it and buzzing when they told their parents. In fact this morning again when they came into school they wanted to do more!’

These sessions are delivered by one of our experienced teachers and last approximately 1 hour and 15 minutes. A single session for a class is £125, and any subsequent sessions on the same day are £90 (with the exception of Crime through Time – more details below). Maximum class size is 35. Larger groups can be accommodated. Please contact us to ask about prices.

Each session contains ideas for follow up work and further classroom discussions to extend the children’s historical understanding. Our sessions can support the National Curriculum for KS1 and KS2 history in a number of ways, such as:

  • understanding some of the ways in which we find out about the past
  • understanding the methods of historical enquiry, including how evidence is used to make historical claims
  • understanding historical concepts such as continuity and change
  • making connections, drawing contrasts, addressing and devising historically valid questions
  • gaining historical perspective by placing growing knowledge into different contexts
  • understanding the connections between local, regional, national and international history


Local history detectives (KS2)

These bespoke sessions are based on the history of your local area, and include sources such as census returns, maps and photographs. Pupils will gain an understanding of how these sources can help us to find out about the past, while also understanding more about the history of their local area. You will be amazed that your local history could be so interesting! 
National Curriculum content link: A local history study


Essex during the First World War (KS1/2)

This session looks at life in Essex in 1914-1918, including Zeppelin raids and crashes, recruitment to the army, the role of women and impact on children.
National Curriculum content link: A significant turning point in British history; A local history study


Essex during the Second World War (KS2)

What was it like in Essex during the Second World War? Drawing on a range of fantastic sources, pupils have the opportunity to listen to and read about the experiences of people who lived in Essex during the war.
National Curriculum content link: A significant turning point in British history; A local history study

Victorian children in Essex (KS2)

What was life like for a Victorian child living in Essex? Did it matter if you were rich or poor? The session covers schooling and apprenticeships, looking at source material from Essex including photos and records. Pupils can try their hand at copying Victorian handwriting onto a school slate.
National Curriculum content link: A local history study

The Tudors in Essex (KS2)

This session looks at what schooling would have been like for Tudor children, and includes taking a look at Tudor writing on ERO documents and Essex maps. Each pupil will be able to try out using a quill pen.
National Curriculum content link: A local history study

Seaside holidays (KS1)

Compare Clacton-on-Sea in Victorian times to now. Children will use photographs, postcards and replica objects to find out more.
National Curriculum content link: Pupils should learn about significant historical events, people and places in their own locality

Winter in Wartime (KS2)

Running throughout December, this is a special session for schools studying the Second World War. What does Christmas dinner look like with rationing? Can you have fairy lights in the blackout? Did you get Christmas presents during the Blitz? Have your pupils find out with this fun and fully interactive session.

National Curriculum content link: a significant turning point in British history, for example, the Battle of Britain.



Crime through Time and Past Punishment (KS2) – New dates for 2017 

This session is a unique collaboration between the ERO and the Essex Police Museum. Use real historical objects and sources to explore crime and punishment from the Anglo-Saxons until now. This special session is £4 per child and offered on:

• Wednesday January 18th 2017

• Thursday January 19th 2017

• Wednesday February 1st 2017

• Thursday February 2nd 2017

National Curriculum content link: crime and punishment from the Anglo-Saxons to the present

(C) Essex Police Museum


Visits to the Essex Record Office

‘We are so impressed with the workshop – all of the children enjoyed [the] presentation and have learnt so much. Thank you.’

We can accommodate one class (with a maximum of 35 students) per day. Visits can have a local history theme or focus on the Second World War, First World War, Victorians or Tudors. Students will see the original primary sources and experience a behind-the-scenes tour taking in our Searchroom, storerooms, our 'treasures' and how we look after them. A half day will cost £75 or a full day will cost £145.