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Author: Tim Taylor Theme: Vikings Age Range: KS2 Main curriculum focus: History – the Viking and Anglo-Saxon struggle for the Kingdom of England to the time of Edward the Confessor Inquiry Questions: What was distinct about Viking culture? What were their beliefs and how did these affect their view of the world? Expert Team: Scriptwriters Client: BBC Commission: To […]

Pit Inspection Team

Author: Tim Taylor Theme: Child Labour in Victorian Mines Age Range: KS2 – KS3 Main curriculum focus: History Inquiry Questions: What were working conditions like for children working in Victorian mines? How did the situation change? Expert Team: Pit Inspection Client: Earl of Shaftesbury Commission: To carry out a full inspection of the mines, discover the working […]

Scheherazade – Early Islamic civilisation

Author: Tim Taylor Theme: Early Islamic civilisation Age Range: KS2 Main Curriculum Focus: History Inquiry Question: How did Baghdad become the centre of Islamic Culture after AD 768? Expert Team: Story finders/researchers/creators Client: Scheherazade Commission(s): To research the Great Library of Baghdad for Scheherazade searching for new stories to tell the King every night. Context: This planning unit is aimed at […]

Ancient Greece

The remains of a young hoplite from Ancient Greece are found in a cave. It appears from the evidence that the soldier was trapped in the cave when the roof fell in. Along with the remains of his body, archaeologists discover his weapons, armour and a bag of personal possessions.


Author: Emma Bramley Theme: World War Two Age Range: KS2 Main Curriculum Focus: History, Literacy Expert Team: Children’s Authors and Publishers Client(s): The Information Centre Commission: To create a children’s book which will tell the story of the evacuation of children from Prague to Britain in the lead up to World War Two Context: In the lead up to World War Two Nicolas […]


Author: Tim Taylor Theme: The Anglo-Saxons Age Range: KS2 Main Curriculum Focus: History Inquiry Question: What effects did the Anglo-Saxon invasions and settlement have on English history? Expert Team: History researchers Client: BBC Commission(s): To do the background research for a series of programmes called ‘The Really Interesting History of Britain’. Note: The planning for this […]

Bear Sanctuary

Context: An experienced team has been looking after European Brown Bears in a mountain environment in Europe for many years. The sanctuary was founded by a lady named Roxanne after her pop career faded (see Michael Morpurgo’s The Dancing Bear) and has since rehabilitated many injured and abused bears before returning them to the wild. The team prides itself on maintaining as natural an environment as possible within the sanctuary, monitoring closely the levels of human intervention.

The team is commissioned by the Serbian police to accompany them to a Roma community in rural Serbia. The police have evidence that a bear is being kept in captivity as a dancing bear. Many pressures, including poverty, war, lack of opportunity and a desire to maintain dying traditions, have led the community to keep the bear dancing, despite the practice being illegal. The Bear Sanctuary team is asked by the police to take full responsibility for the welfare of the bear.

Blue Waters Health Spa and Centre

Author:  Luke Abbott August 2011(from an original idea taught at Sidegate Primary School Ipswich 2007, then developed by advanced MoE trained teacher for 6 weeks.) Year group range: Year 5, 6, 7 Curriculum Topic/Theme: HEALTHY LIVING – Science, PHSE, Citizenship focus-food and healthy living. (Please see Nurturing Circumstances as a mode of enterprise above Inquiry Questions:What […]

Mountain Rescue

Authors: Tim Taylor & Prof. Brain Edmiston Theme: Mountain Environments Age Range: KS1 & KS2 Main Curriculum Focus: Science Inquiry Question: What can be learnt from studying extreme climates and environments? Expert Team: Mountain Rescue Team Client(s): An injured climber and then others Commission: To rescue the climber and then other commissions Context: This unit starts […]


Author: Tim Taylor Theme: Titanic Age Range: KS2 Main Curriculum Focus: History and English Inquiry Question: “What might the Titanic disaster tell us about changes in attitudes towards life and people’s place in society and how these have changed since 1912?” Expert Team: A team of marine archaeologists Client(s): The British Museum Commission: to explore […]

Dinosaur Island

Author: Tim Taylor Theme: Dinosaurs Age Range: EY – KS1 Main curriculum focus: History & Science: SC2: Humans & Other animals Inquiry Question: “What can evidence from the past tell us about the history of our planet and the place of human beings?” Expert team: Scientists Client: The Worldwide League for Nature (WLN) Commission: To […]

Tudor House

Author: Tim Taylor Theme: Tudors Age Range: KS2 Main Curriculum Focus: History Inquiry Question: What effects did changing events, individuals and monarchs of the Medieval and Tudor periods have on the everyday lives of men, women and children from different sections of society? Expert Team: Curators of a Tudor Merchant’s House Client(s): National Heritage Commission: […]


Author: Luke Abbott Theme: Olympics Age Range: KS2 Main Curriculum Focus: History & Science Inquiry Question: What does the Olympic games signify as a world event? Expert Team: Catering Company Client(s): TheIOC Committee for Athlete’s Wellbeing Commission:  To prepare breakfast’s at the IOC Olympic village for athletes participating in the games and to inform them […]

Holes in the Road

Author: Luke Abbott Theme: People who help us Age Range: EY, KS1, KS2 Main Curriculum Focus: Literacy, ICT, Science, history, maths and geography Inquiry Question:   “In the event of serious road subsidence how are affected people able to keep to their daily routines?” Expert Team: An emergency investigation team. Client(s): An asphalt team’s foremen/person Commission: To sort out the mess unravelling at […]

The Selfish Giant

Author: Tim Taylor Theme: The Selfish Giant Age Range: KS1 – Early Years Main Curriculum Focus: Science, Reading, Art & Design, Geography Inquiry Question: “What responsibility to do we have to each other’s well-being and happiness?” Expert Team: Garden designers Client(s): The Giant’s Sisters Commission: Design a garden in memory of the giant and his friendship […]

The Roman Box

Author: Tim Taylor Theme: The Roman Box Age Range: KS2 – updated for C2014 Main Curriculum Focus: History Inquiry Question: History – Invaders & Settlers Expert Team: Archaeologists Client(s): Local museum Commission(s): 1. To examine the contents of a Roman security box 2. To recreate the stories behind the artefacts for the museum. 3. To […]

Orang-utan Reserve

Author: Luke Abbott with Gearies Junior School Redbridge Theme: Animal care Age Range: years 4/5/6 Main Curriculum Focus: Literacy, ICT, Science and geography Inquiry Question:  What are the responsibilities people have to safe guard animals in jeopardy? How can humans coexist with apes? Expert Team: Ape conserving team. Client(s): Timber production cooperative who are producing […]

Animal Park

Author: Tim Taylor Theme: Animal welfare & protection Age Range: EY to KS2 Main curriculum focus: Science: SC2: Humans & Other animals Inquiry Question: “What are our responsibilities to preserving and protecting endangered animals?” Expert team: Animal park rangers Client(s): The owner of a zoo Commission: To preserve and protect endangered animals and reintroduce them […]


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