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2. Introduction – about the Newcastle University Library Education Outreach Team

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In this section you’ll find out about the Education Outreach Team at Newcastle University Library and look at some examples of their work.  

Newcastle University Library Education Outreach Team: 

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Newcastle University Library’s Education Outreach Team provide workshops, projects and online resources for schools. Many of which take their inspiration from material in the university’s special collections and archives. You can get a flavour of our work by visiting our website. There’s a link below this video. Once you’ve had a browse, come back and complete the exercise below.

Below you’ll see three examples of the Library Education Outreach Team’s work. 

Once you’ve learned as much as you’d like about the sort of things the University Library Education Outreach Team do, move onto the next section where you’ll be taken through some tried and tested practical strategies for using historical objects, images and documents with Key Stage 2 students. 

Example 1: Project: ‘A Local Tommy’ 
A collaborative project with Cap-a Pie theatre company in which Key Stage 2 students researched, produced and performed a play based on the archive of a First World War soldier. 

Example 2: Workshop: ‘Cracking Cholera’ 
A one-day investigation into cholera past and present, combining the subjects of History and Science. This workshop gives students the opportunity to work with primary source material in Newcastle University Special Collections related to an outbreak of cholera in Gateshead in the 19th century. It also gives them the chance to undertake practical work in a Newcastle University Science Laboratory.

Example 3: Online resource: ‘Amazing Archives’ 
A website developed in collaboration with a local middle school which enables students to find out about some of the amazing items in Newcastle University’s Archives and Special Collections. 

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I hope you’ve enjoyed finding out about the work of Newcastle University Library Education Outreach Team. You’ll have noticed that historical objects, images and documents were used with Key Stage 2 students in all the examples of our work that you’ve just explored. Throughout the rest of the course you’ll be introduced to some of the strategies we’ve found to work really well when using historical objects, images and documents with Key Stage 2 students. Module 1 will focus on objects, Module 2 on images and Module 3 on documents. When you’ve worked through all three modules you should have plenty of ideas of how you can use primary sources in your teaching.