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Online resources for home schooling charts heritage path

Battlefield re-enactment

Parents and carers who are teaching children at home during the on-going coronavirus lockdown are being offered a helping hand with the history curriculum.

The team at Leicestershire County Council’s Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and 1620s House and Garden are offering new online resources based on the rich history of both Leicestershire landmarks and the national curriculum, helping  students and parents keep up with history lessons while home schooling. 

We are very keen to support parents and teachers at this difficult time and I am delighted that our heritage sites at Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre and the 1620s House and Garden are able to play their part in supporting history teaching.

Councillor Richard Blunt, cabinet member for heritage, leisure and arts

The Bosworth Battlefield Heritage Centre's website is packed with fun and interesting information and challenges to test students' knowledge on the Wars of the Roses, the Battle of Bosworth, Richard III and Henry Tudor, as well as England's exciting Roman past and the details of Boudicca, queen of the Celtic tribe who led the uprising and revolt against the occupying Romans.

Those missing their school trips can also access information and videos from Bosworth as well as exclusive videos delving into the details of medieval life. The website and facebook pages will be regularly updated with new history challenges. 

Modern history fans can enjoy a room by room virtual tour of the 1620s House and Garden, a Jacobean maths challenge and a quiz, all via the museum's website. Visit their Facebook page on Mondays to take part in the challenge to identify a mystery historical object featured somewhere from the house and garden.

Richard Knox, the county council's heritage development manager, said: “All of our heritage and museum sites support people of all ages to gain more knowledge about the past. There are a lot of parents and teachers who are currently educating children at home and in a virtual environment so we wanted to play our part in making sure that this information is accessible to everyone, free of charge.

“We will be adding to the content of the home learning resources pages, so please keep coming back to see the new things we have to share with you.”

Both Bosworth and the 1620s House and Garden also have useful information on their Facebook and Twitter pages, which link to other great history sites in the area.

All information can be found on www.bosworthbattlefield.org.uk/learning-new/home-schooling-resources/ and www.doningtonleheath.org.uk/learning/resources-for-home-learning/ 

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