About Our Workshops

Foundation, KS1 and KS2 History Workshops for Schools

Portals to the Past’s range of history workshops for schools are available from Reception KS1 and KS2 and provide students with an experience designed to stimulate and encourage a love of history. Portals’ primary level history workshops provide a real hands-on experience of the past. Real fossils and dinosaur bones are a feature of our range of Earth Science workshops, as well as Graham Woollard’s fabulous collection of Dinosaur models.

Our KS2 History workshops for schools are presented by people with a passion for archaeology and history who are experienced historical re-creationists.

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Events

Meet Portals team member at the following events:

Wednesday 3rd August 2016
1:00-4:00pm

Dan Shadrake in Roman guise
Museum of Classical Archaeology, Faculty of Classics, University of Cambridge, Sidgwick Avenue, Cambridge, CB3 9DA

Saturday 6th / Sunday 7th
August 2016

Isle of Wight Gladiators,
Brading Villa
Brading Roman Villa, Morton Old Rd, Brading PO36 0EN

Saturday 13th / Sunday 14th
August 2016

Dover Castle 13th Century, 800th anniversary of
The siege of Dover
English Heritage, Castle Hill, Dover, Kent CT16 1HU

Sunday 28th / Monday 29th
August 2016

Glastonbury Abbey Somerset, Late Roman/Arthurian
Magdalene St, Glastonbury, Somerset BA6 9EL

Saturday 10th / Sunday 11th
September 2016

Hatfield House (Herts) WW1, Tanks Tommies and Trenches
Event Plan, Off the A1M at Junction 4 use the postcode AL9 5HX

Saturday 15th / Sunday 16th
October 2016

Hastings, Battle, E. Sussex. 11th Century
950th anniversary of
The Battle of Hastings
English Heritage Battle Abbey, The town of Battle, East Sussex Battle TN33 0AD

WELCOME BACK!

2012-08-29 12.45.45-1The Portals team hope you had a lovely summer break, all over far too soon!! Our team are refreshed and ready for the new school year.

To all our regular clients, thanks for your custom and we look forward to working with you again over the next school year.

If you are new to the company please read the selection of comments from the last couple of terms from schools across the country and see what teachers think about our workshops.

Our friendly office staff are only too happy to answer any questions you may have about our history and dinosaur days.

Dates for Autumn One are going very fast - only a few dates now available in most areas.

Contact us now
e-mail: bookings@portalstothepast.co.uk
Phone: 0800 112 3192

Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire Workshops

WORKSHOPS NOW AVAILABLE IN YORKSHIRE and NORTH LINCOLNSHIRE

1Portals are pleased to announce that Jimmy Johnson has joined the company and will be covering Yorkshire and North Lincolnshire. Jimmy holds a master's degree in archaeology from the University of York and has worked in many museums in the UK and Canada. He also an actor taking part in York Minsters Mystery Plays. He has been a member of the Sealed Knot and belongs to Regia Anglorum, one of the countrys leading Saxons re-enactment groups.

He will be providing Greek and Greek Olympic, Roman, Saxon and Viking workshops initially adding Stone Age through to Celts in September.

Media and Museum

Testimonials

Rufford Primary School, Nottingham
It was brilliant. Stuart's knowledge was excellent and pitched just right at our Year 4. They hung on his every word. The activities were engaging and the children all agreed it had been tremendous fun. They were able to list innumerable facts that they had learned today. Thank you so much, one of the best visits we have ever had.

Curwen Primary Newham, London
Once again, can I just say a huge thank you to Gary for the amazing experience he provided at Curwen Primary school today! For the whole day, he single handily entertained and informed 120 very excited eight year olds. He taught the children everything from Palaeolithic Stone Age right up to Queen Boudica, without a single child losing interest all day. We were all so impressed with the costumes and the artefacts, both of which really bought the workshop to life. I will be strongly recommending my colleagues to use Portals to the Past for any upcoming historical workshops.

Apley Wood Shropshire
I just wanted to say a very big thank you for the Viking workshop that was delivered to our year 5 pupils today. Our children thoroughly enjoyed all of the activities and loved learning lots of new and gruesome facts.

The workshop was delivered in a very professional and yet child-friendly way. It was also delivered in a way that was incredibly accommodating to the constraints of our hall timetable.

We look forward to using ‘Portals to the Past’ again.

Brushwood, Bucks
I just wanted to say thank you for today. The children and adults thought it was fantastic and very worthwhile day, enjoyed by all. We were especially impressed with your performance and enthusiasm and this kept the children completely enthralled in the activities.

Brushwood will definitely be booking this experience again.

Fairisle, Hamps
I just wanted to say thank you from Fairisle Junior School. Lauren who came in yesterday was really good with the children and they thoroughly enjoyed themselves. Please can you pass this on to her. Thank you very much. I will recommend 'portals to the past' to other schools.

Moorlands Free School, Beds
Just wanted to say thanks for a great workshop today.

The children (and teachers!) thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learnt lots about the Middle Ages!

Heathview, Wakefield, Yorks
We just wanted to say a massive thank you for organising such a brilliant day for us on Monday!! Ian was brilliant with the children, he kept them entertained and they learnt so much throughout the day. As did the adults!! We will definitely be keeping you in mind for any future topics!

Lionel Road Primary, Middlesex
The workshop leader Dan was a pleasure to meet. He was enthusiastic and knowledgeable. He had great communication prior and during the event. His resources and artefacts were fantastically resourced and the children really enjoyed seeing and handling the resources. The workshop was enjoyable for both the children and staff. They learnt a lot of information about a range of topics within the Romans. They particularly enjoyed being volunteers and taking part in role plays he quiz and games were well suited and the children were really interested in taking part. Overall it was a fantastic experience for our school and a huge thank you to Dan for making it so memorable.

Merrydale, Leics
I just wanted to say that Dominic did a fantastic job on Monday at our school, the kids are still talking about it. We wrote a recount of the day yesterday in our Topic lesson and I was amazed how much the children have learnt. Thank you so much and I will be contact in the future to book further days.

Cooks Spinney, Essex
Can you please pass on our thanks to Mark Halls from Portals to the Past for an amazing Egyptian WOW Day. The children were captivated all day and learnt so much. They are able to take what they learnt from the day and apply it to their writing and topic work. If we do Ancient Egyptians next year, we are definitely booking with you guys again!

Newton Westpark Primary School, Lancashire
We had a Stone Age Workshop at our school today in Y3. I just wanted to say a huge thank you to Ian for a great day. All of the children were engaged and inspired all day. They learned so much in one day and it was such good fun (especially with worms and Mammoth poo!) He has a remarkable knowledge of history and is keen to share this as well as his enthusiasm. I am sure the children will remember this experience for a long time. We will definitely be booking another workshop in the future!

St Josephs, Wiltshire
the Y6 class teacher here at St Joseph's, has asked me to contact you to say what a great success the Ancient Egyptians day was on Monday. The children and staff all thoroughly enjoyed themselves and learnt a lot. Please would you thank Lauren very much for her excellent workshop! By all accounts it was fantastic!

Prestwood Junior School, Bucks
I just wanted to pass on our massive thanks to Lauren for a Great Viking day at Prestwood Junior School yesterday. It certainly inspired the children and the staff at the beginning of a new project and we are all looking forward to what else we can find out.

Despite a slightly sore throat - Lauren's enthusiasm and knowledge was immense, she held the attention of all the children throughout the day with her exuberance and just the right level of humour. She also responded extremely well to the different characters and got the best from all of the children.

We look forward to booking again for next year!

St Francis, Surrey
We all really enjoyed the Stone Age workshop today- teachers and children alike. Jack was great. The day was perfect!

Leafield CE Oxfordshire
We had the most incredible day, thank you - you were AMAZING! We can't wait to see you again,

Sneyd Green Primary, Staffs
Just to say a huge thank you for today. It was brilliant. The children learnt so much about our topic and had a great time.

Buckingham primary School, Bucks
Just to say a huge thank you for today- the children loved every second and were really buzzing as they left school! You have amazing skills as a presenter and teacher and really had them eating out of the palm of your hand an hanging onto every word you said - all 90!

Thank you so much once again!

Ravensdale Primary School, West Midlands
Dom has been absolutely brilliant today and really engaging with the children. The depth of knowledge he has is amazing and he can bring this to the children at their level. He also has a wealth of artefacts that the children were able to handle which has inspired the children. The children have loved the games Dom has played with them and have gone home today absolutely buzzing with excitement.

It's funny, but when you book a workshop, you never really know what you're going to get. I have to say Dom has delivered on that score and so much more! I don't think I have ever been so impressed.

Thanks again - and we're very much looking forward to our Greek workshop in a couple of weeks time.

Wootton Lower, Beds
Thank you for a super day the children loved it! We had activities throughout the day in our classes but when we asked the children about their favourite part they all said your workshop (lots of children said seeing real dinosaur poo was their best bit!!!) We will definitely be booking you again next year.

St John Vianney, London
I wanted to email to say that my class had a fantastic day last Thursday for their Ancient Greek workshop.

Dan was brilliant! All of the children were really engaged and gained so much from the experience. They have been able to recall many of the facts spoken about on the day and overall had a fantastic time.

Maltmans Green Prep, Bucks
I just wanted to email quickly to say a big thank you for your time last week. Roman Day was a roaring success and the girls really enjoyed it. They are currently writing about their day and all are saying how much they learnt, how interesting it was, and how funny you were (in a good way!)

Thank you so much, I do hope you will be able to come again next year.

Kenilworth prim, Herts
I would like to say what an absolute pleasure it was to have Gary (Hilty Gunnarsson) come to visit us last week and share his enthusiasm about the Vikings with my class! He was incredibly knowledgeable across all things Viking and had the children completely eating out of his hands.

His passion for the topic was evident from the moment he set foot through the door and this passion continued to rub off on all of the children throughout his visit. His energy and sense of humour kept children (and adults) engaged all day and when it came time for him to leave, it was a shame to say goodbye! We will certainly be booking again and now we are not feeling let down by not being able to secure a trip outside of school!

This was as good as, if not better than a day trip to any museum! I could not be happier with my choice to book through your company and I would like to thank you and Gary personally for such a fantastic day! Thank you again for the service that you have provided us with!

Flintham primary school. Notts
We had a fantastic day on Thursday, the children loved it. Stuart was excellent... So knowledgable and great with the children. Thank you very much, we will definitely be booking again.

East Field, West Midlands
Just wanted to say a huge THANK you to the person who taught our Roman workshop on Friday. The children and staff thoroughly enjoyed themselves and it was a pleasure having him in school for the day. Thanks again,

Oakgreen Bucks
What a fantastic day we had! The children really enjoyed the day and were disappointed when it came to an end. Lauren was brilliant with the children and despite the fact we do have children with behaviour and learning difficulties she was very inclusive and able to keep all children engaged. So I just wanted to say thank you. I'd definitely recommend your company to other schools and if we have money in the budget next year we will be booking Lauren again!

Tipton Green, West Midlands
Please pass on our thanks to Dom for our Stone Age workshop at Tipton Green yesterday. The children were engaged all day and they learnt so much. He was a fantastic presenter and really knew his stuff. Please also pass on my apologies that I didn't get to speak to him at the end of the day due to an issue with a child.

Claremont, Notts
Our Roman day has just ended and I'm just emailing to say how fantastic Stuart was with the children.
All of the children loved the day and were captivated by his demonstrations. I've had some fantastic comments from the staff who supported the day too.

Hopefully we can book you again next year!

Greenfields, Wiltshire
Just a quick email to say thank you for your outstanding Viking workshop yesterday. The children found the whole experience magical and I know that staff thought the resources, educational content and delivery were just perfect.

I shall certainly recommend you to teaching colleagues in the Swindon area.

St Teresa, Herts
Just a short message to say thank you for our Roman day delivered by Dan. The day was brilliant and the children really enjoyed the day. Dan was excellent and children loved him.

Arden Primary School, West Midlands
An enormous "thank you" for running the excellent Ancient Greek Workshop for pupils in Year 5 at Arden Primary School on Friday. Pupils and staff alike were buzzing at the end of the day, regaling me with tales of all the exciting things they had participated in. The children were keen to tell me what they had learned about the Ancient Greeks, so you really did contribute positively to their historical understanding through the engaging activities you organised. We very much look forward to working with you and Portals to the Past again in the future. Once again, thank you for your energy and enthusiasm which captured the children's imagination.

St Nicolas Chantry, Somerset
I just wanted to email to say how much we enjoyed the Viking day! It was fun, interesting and informative. Lyota was fabulous her management of a large group of very excited 7-9 year olds was excellent!

Stow on the Wold primary School
Just wanted to say how fantastic my Anglo Saxon workshop was at Stow on the Wold primary school last Monday. Mr Russell was brilliant- full of enthusiasm and all of the activities were perfect and better than what I expected. The kids had a truly wonderful day!
Thanks again, I will be sure to spread the word about your workshops.

Manor Farm Community Junior, Bucks
Just a quick note to say that we thoroughly enjoyed our Stone Age Day with Dan. The kids loved all the artifacts and activities. Dan was extremely knowledgeable and very engaging. I would definitely recommend for our school to book this workshop again next year.

Rosendale Primary School, London
I wanted to email to say a really big thank you for a fantastic workshop at Rosendale. The children and staff all learnt so much! Jack was a really enthusiastic and engaging leader and the children all responded to him really well.

He was able to keep them interested and on task really effectively and many of my class described him as being funny and cool!

The range of activities included in the day was great. So many of the children got the chance to handle artefacts and to have a go in drama scenarios.

The quiz was delivered in a fun, interactive way and really fits with our aim to get the children to be independent and find out answers for themselves.

I would really recommend booking the workshop to other schools and will certainly want to book you again next year for year 3.

Thanks again for today and for all your help in setting the day up and responding so quickly to my questions.

Bordsey Green, West Midlands
The children and staff had a great day. The workshop was fun and interactive, just what I wanted.

Thank you to you and Dominic who really made it happen. The children responded well to Dominic who had a really good approach with them. I look forward to booking a workshop next year.

Mitchell Brook, Middlesex
I am just emailing to say how much the children (and staff) enjoyed their Ancient Greece day with Dan. The children were thoroughly engaged throughout the day. Dan effectivly broke down the abstract concept of linear time for the children. He then established where in history the Greek civilization came in relations to other significant periods. Dan came with an enormous range of artefacts that the children passed around, wore and held. He constantly invited the children to be active in their learning. They participated in role play and help demonstrate major historical events.

The children were totally inspired by the experience. This was especially evident when the teachers on lunch duty reported that year four had entered the playground, bursting to share their newly aquired knowledge with anyone who would listen.

Thanks again for a great day. We will be sure to recommend you in the future.