Northumberland Day still presents a real opportunity for teachers to plan lessons that link the National Curriculum to Northumberland’s past and present, to create a sense of place for pupils, help build links with the wider community and support the role of young citizens within it. With all that has happened during Covid-19, having a sense of community may be greater for children than ever before.
To assist with this, the downloadable Education Flyer offers some ideas of what Northumbrian primary schools could do and also gives a deputy head’s view on why focusing on this type of activity was so valuable for her pupils.
In past years, we have education packs (opposite) for download. Please note that the competitions in packs from past years are now closed.
If you need further inspiration, you can take a look at the Ideas for Northumberland Day that we have on this website, to help those wishing to participate.
As we know how much pressure schools are under, we shall not be presenting a Jill Bradbury Award for the Most Inspiring School’ – usually one of our super-special ‘Northumbie Awards, made by local fused-glass artist, Helen Grierson.
All of our Northumbies are on hold this year. However, we do have our ‘Bunties’ – Helen Grierson-designed glass awards for the best decorated places in the county on Northumberland Day. We shall be awarding a Buntie to the Best Decorated School 2021 – the one that is awash with red and gold and anything else that ‘says’ Northumberland.
For primary schools, we shall also have the antics of our mascot Northumbear and his friends, NElephant, Oswaldain and newbie for 2021, Heartley, to keep children entertained.
We would also love to interview some teachers and pupils on the new Northumberland Day podcast which we are launching for 2021, so please get in touch, so we can discuss what’s going on, how things will be in your school this Northumberland Day and how you are facing the future with positivity. We would love to be inspired by you and your children.
2021 Educational Downloads
Our 2021 Education Pack is slightly different from previous ones, focusing solely on a theme of castles – for which Northumberland is, of course, renowned.
Download our Education Pack to teach children about some Northumbrian castles and parts of a castle, whilst also accessing maths, colouring, art, games, writing and poetry inspiration, all on this great theme. The pack also tells you more about how you and your pupils can compete for prizes around Northumberland Day 2021.
Download our worksheets, if you would like create class handouts from our templates.
2019 Educational Downloads
Please click on the images to download the educational material in PDF format