History

History

School Radio offers a range of primary history audio resources and other resources for primary History.

The content is arranged in a variety of clip libraries that link to Key Stage 2 History topics including World War 2, Britain since the 1930s, the Tudors and the Victorians.

The content is a mix of audio clips and audio-visual clips that is available at any time.

  • The Romans

    Age 7 +

    The Romans in Britain explored through short dramas, comic sketches and monologues - with themes including invasion and resistance, Boudicca, Hadrian's Wall, Roman buildings and roads, and leisure activities, etc.

  • The Tudors

    Age 7 +

    A collection of comic sketches, short dramas and music introduced by Barney Harwood, including guides to the reigns of Henry VIII and Elizabeth I and a range of other topics identified in the History curriculum at Key Stage 2.

  • The Victorians

    Age 7 +

    Short audio dramas featuring some of the key figures and events from the Victorian era - incuding Brunel, Mary Seacole and Dr Livingstone - and also the lives of ordinary people, including street children.

  • Mary Seacole

    Age 9 +

    Three short video episodes in which Mary Seacole tells us about her life - including her journey to the Crimea, the Crimean War and what happened to her when she returned to London after the War ended.

  • Britain since the 1930s

    Age 9 +

    Audio-visual clips featuring archive recordings, many sourced from the BBC Sound Archive. The clips are grouped into five topics - Transport, Technology, Media, Society and Space - and are ideal for playback on an IWB.

  • World War 2 Clips

    Age 9 +

    These World War 2 audio-visual clips include key speeches, eye-witness reports and some of the most evocative sounds of the War. There is an emphasis on the experiences of British children, including evacuation.

  • The Great Fire of London

    Age 7 - 9

    This programme is part of an Expressive Arts pack exploring the Great Fire of London in 1666 through History, Drama, Dance, and Music. See also the listings for these subject areas.

  • Ancient Greek Myths and Legends

    Age 9 +

    This collection includes some of the best-known Ancient Greek myths including King Midas, Persephone and Hades, Orpheus and Eurydice, The Trojan Horse and the Cyclops. Ideal for KS2.

Programmes to download

Programmes to download at any time

Download programmes

A collection of programmes to download as mp3 files at any time. Includes dance and music.

Podcasts

Podcasts

Current podcasts

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The life of Mary Seacole

The life of Mary Seacole

Mary Seacole

Mary Seacole tells us about her extraordinary life in these three short video episodes.

Private Peaceful - podcasts available!

Click to listen to Private Peaceful by Michael Morpurgo

Private Peaceful

Podcasts of the 13 episodes in this series began on 01/05/2018 and will run throughout the term.

'Carrie's War' by Nina Bawden

Carrie's War by Nina Bawden

Carrie's War

Catch up on 'Carrie's War' by Nina Bawden. All 10 episodes are now available to listen to online.

Perform our School Musicals

Perform our School Musicals

School Musicals

Our performance scripts for 9 to 11s, complete with music, songs and special effects. Watch video.

Our brand new Macbeth pages!

Macbeth videos for mobile and tablet

Macbeth - the musical

Check out our new pages for our Macbeth musical with 8 songs to learn! See the Teacher Notes.

'War Horse' by Michael Morpurgo

War Horse by Michael Morpurgo

War Horse

All 10 episodes of Michael Morpurgo's famous story are now available to listen to online.

100 years since World War 1

WW1 Performance Pack

WW1 Performance Pack

Commemorate 100 years since WW1 by staging our specially-written play 'Archie Dobson's War'.

Teacher's notes

Teacher's Notes

Online Teacher's Notes

Notes to support the programmes including details of all the series content.