It has been 175 years since the invention of the world’s first postage stamp – the Penny Black. Pop It In the Post is a new FREE downloadable learning package that reveals how this little piece of paper changed the way people communicated forever.
JUST A PENNY!
In 1840 the idea that a letter could be sent anywhere in Britain for just one penny was revolutionary. For the first time ordinary people could afford to send letters, and the effect was as wide reaching as the introduction of the Internet.
Pop It In The Post supports learning across the curriculum and includes:
- A downloadable learning resource containing lesson plans, teacher’s notes, image galleries and Powerpoints for whiteboards
- Over 100 activity ideas, using real archival documents, photos, maps and museum objects to support subjects including Literacy, Maths, Science and Art and Design.
- A fun animated interactive game for pupils to play and explore the story of the Penny Black
- A short film introducing pupils to Rowland Hill, the social reformer who led the campaign for letters to cost just a penny who explains how his big idea changed the world.
This learning package was sponsored by Royal Mail Group
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We recently loaned The Langley Academy in Slough a selection of objects from our First World War handling collection for a special Time Tunnel exhibition. The Langley Academy is the UK’s first school with specialist Museum Learning status.
The exhibition was curated by the Museum Club – students from Years 7, 8 and 11 with a shared passion for museums. The Time Tunnel exhibition spans 65 million years of history, starting at the dinosaurs and finishing at present day with some of our objects representing the First World War.
Sumaiya, Karam, Daniel, Komalpreet and Saba from Museum Club talk more about the exhibition below:
One Wednesday during Museum Club we skyped the British Postal Museum & Archive to hear about objects that they could loan us and decide what we wanted to borrow and how we could use it. Sally (Learning Officer) and Emma (Curator) explained what the objects were and information about them. We talked about the history of the objects that we wanted to borrow.
When the objects arrived we decided how we wanted to display them. We arranged the objects such as First World War postcards and a field telephone by theme.
Here’s what Karam and Saba had to say about the Time Tunnel exhibition:
‘Being a curator of Time Tunnel was one of the best experiences of my life. I learnt how to choose objects wisely’
‘Being a curator was very exciting. There was a lot of interesting objects from the museums. My favourite objects in the exhibition were the post box and the field telephone’
TEACHERS: Bring the story of the postal service at war to life in your classroom with Last Post the BPMA’s free downloadable digital First World War schools learning resource.
-Sally Sculthorpe, Learning Officer
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From next Friday (22 August) you will be able to download a FREE First World War learning resource from postalheritage.org.uk/fwwlearning. Here is a look at what is inside…
In Last Post, war time characters guide your pupils through different topics. From the importance of female postal workers on the Home Front to the telegram messenger boys tasked with delivering news of the fallen, you will discover how mail was sent to soldiers and find out about the sacrifices made by the Post Office Rifles regiment who fought on the Front Line.
This resource supports learning across the curriculum in Key Stages 1, 2 and 3.
- Lesson plans
- Teacher’s notes
- Over 100 activity ideas
- Image galleries
- PowerPoints for whiteboards
Pupils will use real archival documents, photographs, maps and museum objects to discover how the postal service went to war. With cross-circular activities including how to make a Morse code transmitter and how to send a secret message by pigeon post. Last Post reveals stories of memorials and medals, soldiers and stamps, censorship and communication and much more!