Trade Roots Swindon funded by Heritage Lottery Fund and Woodward Charitable Trust

Year Two 2016 - 2017

We have now completed the first year of Trade Roots in Swindon and have space for one more Swindon school to take part in year 2 - starting September 2016.

It includes free classroom workshops, a funded visit for a whole class to STEAM, engagement with local industries and BME communities, film making and much more. Full support and training will be given. To be inspired by the work of this year’s schools, go to our Trade Roots blog. Contact Caroline This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Year One Celebrations July 2016

The final celebration of our Heritage Lottery funded KS2 Trade Roots programme was held at STEAM on 7 July 2016. It was fantastic to see the exciting work that the participating Swindon schools had been doing on this project which looks at the global connections of Swindon’s industries and engages with people who have moved to the town to work or for other reasons. Take a look at the schools' blogs and photos on our website Trade Roots blog.

All about Trade Roots - Heritage, local history and migration

trade roots logoTRADE ROOTS is a new, funded project available to 10 schools in the Swindon. It will be led by experienced staff from Wiltshire Global Education Centre with support from local museums and their staff. In changing times it will give your school a unique chance to explore some of your locality's global connections, historically and today, through learning about industry, trade, working people and the movement of people over time.

How will the project benefit my school?

Trade Roots is targeted at KS2 (Years 4 - 6) pupils and provides numerous opportunities for enriching learning at your school including:

A local study focusing on links with the wider world, using personal stories from local people, historical materials and museum collections

A free, half day, workshop for a Key stage 2 class, class sessions from industry representatives and people who have moved to our communities, plus a visit to your local museum

Support and resources throughout the project, including specially commissioned materials from your local museum such as census information and archive collections

Curriculum links including History, Literacy, Computing and SMSC; hands-on skills development and fun, active learning

An opportunity to share findings with other schools through digital platforms, a film and a final celebration event

Closer connections with your local museum and a local industry, and a chance to make positive links with people who have come to your area from other parts of the world

Taking part in TRADE ROOTS will enable children to develop a better understanding of their local history within a global context. We believe that it will also strengthen positive attitudes to migration and to diversity within school and the wider community.

What will it cost?

Trade Roots is funded by the Heritage Lottery Fund & Woodward Charitable Trust:

There is full funding for school workshops and visits into school, training days, museum visits, teacher travel and project resources

There is also funding for supply for teachers to attend training (£150/day)

For more information and a timetable of project support and school activities for teachers (Year 1 Nov 2015 - July 2016) contact the WGEC office This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. / 01672 861116


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