Including Traveller Cultures in the Curriculum at Primary

This new area to the site aims to provide ideas for inclusion of Traveller issues in the curriculum - we will be continually adding content - so do revisit this page.

We would like to acknowledge the links we have made to other TES websites - in particular Newham, Oxford and Kent - in order to bring together a useful range of resources for all.

Subject Area
KS and Year
Lesson Plans, Ideas and Resources
Literacy    
Fiction

KS1 Y2

KS2 Y4

KS2 Y5

Christy's Dream

This beautifully illustrated picture book provides a wealth of opportunities for Literacy Hour activities in KS1 and KS2. You can download detailed plans and worksheets for using this book in the Literacy Hour.

Fiction

Poetry

Non-Fiction

KS 1 & 2

YR-Y6

Resources to support the use of Traveller culture in the Literacy Hour

Kent NGfL

This is a comprehensive compilation of resources for all ages. Some resources are available to download.

Fiction

KS2

Y3-4

Ghosts of Ward Town

Newham Traveller Education Service.

This book introduces a Traveller perspective into the classroom. A new girl comes to school. The other children welcome her, by telling her ghost stories about the new town she lives in.

This book is available to download as pdf files, and could be used for whole class teaching on an interactive whiteboard. For hard copies of the book

see contact details on link above.

Non-Fiction

KS2

Y5

The Travelling People

Newham Traveller Education Service.

An information book written about "The Travelling People" of Great Britain and Northern Ireland which may answer a few of the many questions that teachers and non-Traveller pupils often ask.

This book is available to download as pdf files, and could be used for whole class teaching on an interactive whiteboard. For hard copies of the book

see contact details on link above.

The book has an accompanying resource pack with lesson plans for the Literacy Hour.

Non-Fiction

Autobiographical writing

KS2

Y6

Moving Pasts

Newham Traveller Education Service.

Two autobiographical accounts, one by an English Romany and the other by a Polish Roma.

Non-Fiction KS2

Appleby Horse Fair

A set of comprehension exercises based around texts on the Horse Fair

Fiction/Non-fiction KS1/2

Traveller Images

A set of writing frames, based on photos for fiction or non-fiction writing.

     
Numeracy    
  KS1

Counting at Appleby

     
Science    
  KS2 (Y4)

Making a Bender Tent - investigating the properties of building materials

QCA Respect for All case study

     

Citizenship & PSHE

   
  KS1 (Y2)

"A Friend for Farouk"

QCA Respect for All case study

     
History    
  KS2

Gypsies in Tudor Times

Oxfordshire Advisory Service for the Education of Travellers.

Britain and the wider world in Tudor Times is an option for KS2 History. The history of Gypsy Travellers in Britain begins at the start of the Tudor dynasty. This period of history was to shape the way Gypsy Travellers were to fare in Britain up to and including the present day.

The information on this website can be used to include Victorian Fairs in this topic.

  KS2

Victorian Fairgrounds

Oxfordshire Advisory Service for the Education of Travellers.

Victorian Britain is an option for KS2 History. The information on this website can be used to include Victorian Fairs in this topic.

  KS2

Travelling since the 1930's

Oxfordshire Advisory Service for the Education of Travellers.

Britain since 1930 is an option for KS2 History. The information on this website can be used to include Travellers in this topic.

     
Geography KS2

Mapping or planning a fairground

Geographical enquiry and skills:

2e to draw plans and maps at a range of scales

2g decision-making skills

Pupils could visit a local fair, and make a plan - and/or make their own plan for a suitable site for a local fairground, eg taking account of safety features in where to place different fairground rides and shows.

     
ICT

KS2

Y6

Multimedia

Pupils could be given resources about Travellers, Fairgrounds, Circus, as an option for creating a multimedia presentation.

     
D&T KS2

Making Fairground Rides

Resources, including construction kits, and explanatory CDROM, are available from Setpoint, who can also provide INSET to Gloucestershire schools. Opening times may change, so please phone Setpoint on 01452 427231

Art KS1&2 Scope for work including Traveller traditions eg patterns for wagon painting, canal boat art, enamel ware.
Music    
PE    
Cross-Curricular KS1&2

A Traveller Cultures Activity Day

To celebrate Gypsy Roma and Traveller History Month, the Traveller Education Team worked with school staff to provide an all-day, whole school activity day about Travellers. The day included a morning and afternoon assembly, literacy, cooking, D.T. art, history, I.T. and music.

 

KS2

Y5-6

The Travelling People (see above)

Newham Traveller Education Service.

This pack could be used for a term's work incorporating culturally inclusive content to QCA Units of Study. A web diagram is available to download from the Newham website.

 

KS2

Y6

Moving Pasts (see above)

Newham Traveller Education Service.

This pack could be used for a term's work incorporating culturally inclusive content to QCA Units of Study. A web diagram is available to download from the Newham website.

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