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500 Years of the Royal Mail

2016 commemorates 500 years since Henry VIII knighted Brian Tuke, the first Master of the Posts, in 1516.

 

During 500 years of the postal service, new ways of working have been embraced to deliver mail faster and more efficiently, often resulting in broader benefits to society at large.

 

2016 commemorates 500 years since Henry VIII knighted Brian Tuke, the first Master of the Posts, in
1516.

 

As part of The Royal Mail’s 500 year celebrations, Royal Mail and Sea Cadet training ship ‘TS Royalist’ have recreated the voyage of a historic mail ‘packet’ ship.

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Pop It In The Post: How The Penny Black Stamp Changed Our World

FREE downloadable learning package for Key Stage 1, 2 and 3.

This resource was sponsored by Royal Mail Group
2015 marks 175 years since the invention of the world’s first postage stamp – The Penny Black. This simple idea that we take for granted today revolutionised the way people communicate by opening up the postal system to ordinary people, who previously couldn’t afford to use it.Pop It In The Post reveals how this little piece of paper changed the way people communicate forever. It includes:

  • Learning resource with lesson plans, teachers’ notes, activity ideas and PowerPoint presentations for whiteboards.
  • Live action film introducing Rowland Hill and his big idea
  • An animated game for your pupils to play and test their knowledge

 

Learning-Resource

Learning resource download: http://www.postalheritage.org.uk/popitlearning/resource/

 

film

Meet Rowland Hill: http://www.postalheritage.org.uk/popitlearning/film/

 

game

Interactive presentation game link: http://www.postalheritage.org.uk/popitlearning/game/

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Hurrah for Ra

Hurrah for Ra

Hurrah for Ra 2

Overview

Art, design and history come together in this ‘Thank you’ card-making project dedicated to the Egyptian sun god, Ra. Children will learn about paper-making, the origins of writing and about Ancient Egyptian culture, expressed through the art and artefacts discovered in King Tutankhamun’s tomb.

 

Learning objectives: by the end of the lesson

  • All will have considered the value of saying thank you, particularly for the gifts of the natural world
  • Most will be able to locate Egypt on a map, identify the Sahara Desert and the River Nile.
  • All will be able to name the sun god, Ra, and explain his importance to the Ancient Egyptians.
  • All will have the opportunity to explore/identify artefacts excavated from King Tutankhamen’s tomb.
  • Some will be able to formulate an historical timeline of events
  • All will be able to describe the importance and the many uses if papyrus.
  • All will be able to link the plant to the invention and etymology of ‘paper’.
  • Most will be able to sequence and explain the stages in the Ancient Egyptian paper making process.
  • All will have approximated the process in their own paper-making craft activity.
  • All will have discussed the importance and multiple reasons for writing
  • All will have identified and reproduced examples of Egyptian hieroglyphics.
  • Most will be able to name key events in the history and development of writing.
  • All will have designed and produced a card using Ancient Egyptian drawing techniques.
  • Some will have explored Ancient Egyptian design motifs and techniques in greater depth.
  • Some will have made comparisons between 3D and 2D representation.
  • Some will have independently researched sun god mythology in greater detail and depth.
  • All should be given the opportunity to evaluate their own and other’s work.

 


Downloads

Hurrah for Ra – Word document – Download | 6.6 MB

Hurrah for Ra – Powerpoint document - Download | 6.6 MB

 

If your computer cannot read Word or Powerpoint documents then please download the 2 PDF’s below:

Hurrah for Ra – PDF 1 - Download | 3.4 MB

Hurrah for Ra – PDF 2 - Download | 3.6 MB

 

 

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Card making to help build relationships. Key Stage 1

lets be friends 1

Overview

Card-making to help build relationships and promote class cohesion in the early years. Choice of text frame and timing of delivery are flexible. The plan that follows is written as an induction/ ‘getting to know you’ activity in which children make and send a simple card to a classmate containing a positive message.

 

Learning objectives: by the end of the lesson

  • All children will have met and introduced a classmate, and made a new friend.
  • (Optional) All children will have shared information about their favourite things e.g. food/ sport / hobbies/ toys.
  • All children will have practiced colouring, drawing, cutting, sticking and folding skills.
  • All children will have matched/ copied/ traced or written their own name and the name of a friend.
  • Some children will be able to recognize and read, when prompted, ‘I’, ‘like’ and ‘you’.
  • Some children will be able to predict and recognize ‘Dear’ and ‘From’
  • Some children will have traced/ copied/ written a simple message to their new friend.
  • All children will have stamped and addressed an envelope for internal posting.
  • All children will be able to distinguish between 1st and 2nd class stamps by colour and number.
  • Most will understand difference in price (cheaper, more expensive) and link to speed of delivery.
  • All children will be able to name Queen Elizabeth II.
  • All children will have had an opportunity to express their feelings about giving and receiving.
  • (Optional extension activity) Most children will be able to identify a 50p, 10p, 2p and 1p coin by number and shape; some will be able to add 50p +10p +2p to purchase a 1st class stamp costing 62p.

 


Downloads

Lets’ be friends – Word document – Download | 650.9 KB

 

If your computer cannot read Word documents then please download the 3 PDF’s below

Lets’ be friends – PDF 1 - Download | 391.8 KB

Lets’ be friends - PDF 2 - Download | 33.8 KB

Lets’ be friends - PDF 3 - Download | 280.9 KB

 

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The Last Post

The Last Post PDF

Overview

Last Post: The Postal Service in the First World War, a free learning resource for Key Stages 1, 2 and 3 from the British Postal Museum & Archive, sponsored by Royal Mail

 

Last Post: The Postal Service in the First World War reveals the fascinating human stories of the General Post Office (GPO) at War.

 

Did you know?

  • In the First World War letters took just two days to reach the Front Line
  • 12.5 million letters were sent to the Front Lines every week
  • 12,000 soldiers served in the General Post Office’s own regiment, the Post Office Rifles
  • 33,000 women stepped into postal jobs traditionally held by men

 

GPO in the First World War

During the First World War the GPO released more than 75,000 employees to fight, including 12,000 men who fought in its own regiment, the Post Office Rifles. In their absence the GPO became one of the largest employers of women when over 33,000 women stepped in to fill these positions.

The Post Office Rifles fought in many of the First World War’s major battles after arriving in France in March 1915. For their services members were awarded 145 decorations for gallantry, including one Victoria Cross and 27 battle honours. Four postal workers won the Victoria Cross during the course of the war but Sgt Alfred Knight, whose story of selflessness and bravery is explored in the learning resource, was the only Post Office Rifle.

 

During the conflict, the GPO controlled Britain’s domestic postal, telegraph and telephone services. Writing and receiving letters and parcels were a vital part of sustaining morale and overcoming the boredom of trench life. This meant that letters were written to and from the Front Line with great frequency. When war broke out, a purpose built sorting office was created in London’s Regent’s Park called the Home Depot to handle this increase in the volume of mail. At the height of the war it handled over 12.5 million letters a week. Every letter sent from Britain to the fighting fronts was sorted and censored here by over 2,500 workers, many of them women, and on average it only took two days for a letter from Britain to reach the Western Front.

 

The Learning Resource

In Last Post war time characters guide pupils through the different topics to tell these stories and many more. Using real archival documents, photographs, maps and museum objects they will discover how the postal service went to war. There are also over 100 fun and engaging cross-curricular activities to aid learning, including how to make a Morse code transmitter, how to send a secret message by pigeon post and how to search the Royal Mail war memorials database to learn about the impact of the war in your area.

 

The free resource includes:

  • lesson plans
  • teacher’s notes
  • PowerPoints for whiteboards
  • image galleries
  • over 100 activity ideas

 


Downloads

Download 154.9 MB

 

 

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Greeting Cards Activity Pack

Greeting Cards Activity Pack

Overview

The following theme plans use greeting cards as the stimulus for a range of cross-curricular activities that have relevance for children aged 5 to 11 throughout England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Through participating in the activities children will have the opportunity to:

  • develop their knowledge and understanding
    of different faith groups and nationalities within their school community
  • write rhymes/greetings for a variety of purposes
  • handle data
  • develop their knowledge and understanding of money and measuring
  • develop an understanding of the importance of written social communication
  • use written communication to reinforce friendship and develop social skills
  • enjoy creativity, exploring, generating ideas, designing and making greeting cards 

 


Downloads

Greeting Cards Activity Pack

Greeting Cards Activity Pack

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Enterprise Skills Day Challenge

Overview

The purpose of these materials is to raise awareness amongst students not only of the importance of enterprise education but also of the innate talents they already have in this increasingly important area of lifelong learning. Enterprise education is a key learning outcome of the statutory requirement to deliver work-related learning at KS4. The core capabilities of enterprise, financial, business and economic understanding are well illustrated by Royal Mail: an organisation that has had to respond to a changing world for longer than most. A passion for effective communication in all its forms underpins the organisation. For that reason this project encompasses a wide range of interrelated skills, from functional literacy to thinking and learning strategies essential to independent, risk-taking and enterprising attitudes.

These materials offer a flexible and adaptable package of support to those schools wishing to launch or extend their current provision for enterprise education. They may be used in a variety of ways and with students of KS3 to KS4.

 

Lead Lessons

The Lead Lessons are based around a series of awareness-raising exercises. They can all be used as preparation to the main day’s activities and should be selectively employed according to the perceived needs of the pupils.

 

Teamworking

A practical activity to help pupils focus on working together and assigning roles.

 

Problem-solving

Learning how to approach problems and develop flexible thinking using different perspectives.

 

Grand Designs

Helping pupils select appropriate choices from a range of options and match audience and purpose.

 

All Change

A practical activity where pupils learn how to accept change and manage it effectively.

 

Route-ways

An activity to help students develop skills in comparing and evaluating different options.

 


Downloads

Enterprise Skills Pack – 1. Introduction – PDF

Royal Mail Enterprise Skills Day - 1

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Enterprise Skills Pack – 2. Main Enterprise Day - PDF

Royal Mail Enterprise Skills Day - 2

Download 222.5 KB

 

Enterprise Skills Pack – 3. Main Enterprise Day - PDF

Resources

Royal Mail Enterprise Skills Day - 3

Download 5.3 MB

 

Enterprise Skills Pack – 4. Lead Lessons - PDF

Royal Mail Enterprise Skills Day - 4

Download 285.7 KB

 

Enterprise Skills Pack – 5. Lead Lessons Resources - PDF

Royal Mail Enterprise Skills Day - 5

Download 2.3 MB

 

Enterprise Skills Pack – 6. Follow-up Activities - PDF

Royal Mail Enterprise Skills Day - 6

Download 168.9 KB

 

Enterprise Skills Pack – 7. Follow-up Activities Resources - PDF

RMESD _7

Download 1.8 MB

 

Enterprise Skills Pack – 8. Main Enterprise Day – PowerPoint

Royal Mail Enterprise Skills Day - 8

Download 5.3 MB

 

Enterprise Skills Pack – 9. Lead Lessons – PowerPoint

Royal Mail Enterprise Skills Day - 9

Download 4.5 MB

 

Enterprise Skills Pack – 10. Follow-up Lessons – PowerPoint

Royal Mail Enterprise Skills Day - 10

Download 8.4 MB

 

Enterprise Skills Pack – All files in a ZIP

Download 25.7 MB