Learning resources

I’ve produced many free teaching resources and case studies to download for KS2 and KS3 covering art, science, history, English, and more. Click on the links below to view them.

The North Pennines AONB asked me to create some learning resources with different community groups as part of the  Allen Valleys Landscape Partnership scheme .

Working with the Allen Valleys Red Squirrel Group and Allendale Primary School  we created a classroom powerpoint and worksheet looking at adaptation:

Red Squirrels of the Allen Valleys

Powerpoint to study adaptation and classification (download)

Worksheet for Adaptation and Classification KS2

I also worked with Plugging the Gaps wildflower nursery which is now part of Higher Ground community garden right in the centre of Allendale.  They needed some tutorials for their volunteers that showed how to plant seeds and pot-on young plants. Allendale Preschool and the school’s EcoClub helped us out.

Potting on instructions (download)

Seed planting instructions (download)

Anja and Isla told us about the local hero they discovered whilst walking on Isaac’s Tea Trail long distance footpath:

Isaacs Tea trail – discovering a local hero (download)

Here’s the Hadrian’s Wall World Heritage Site learning microsite which was part of the Wall Face learning programme. This learning resource supports KS3 Art and Design students to critically analyse and evaluate portraiture from an uncommon perspective. They are encouraged to look at ancient Roman objects from Hadrian’s Wall sites and National Portrait Gallery images.

I wrote the learning resources for this and produced a case study based on bringing over 160 KS3 pupils from a ‘failing’ secondary school  through their Bronze Arts Award.


Dukesfield Smelters and Carriers Project provided great opportunities for real-world learning. The Council for Learning Outside the Classroom thought so too and used us as a case study,  with this and other classroom and visit resources as well as transcriptions of 18th Century letters and ledgers, historical recipes and archaeological reports available to download from the project website.

And here’s some from earlier in my career:the lost palace icon

The Lost Palace – beautifully illustrated KS2 story and activities based on Yeavering Bell iron age hillfort from prehistoric to modern times (good for teaching English: fiction, non-fiction with a bit of Beowulf too) – as seen from the perspective of the wild goats who still live on the hill

Walltown Education Pack KS2 self-guided visit science, literacy and numeracy activities within a country park setting on Hadrian’s Wall

Bridging-The-Border_Commission for Rural Communities case study looking at tackling rural disadvantage