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About Primary Sources

Raising the standard of children's literacy and numeracy skills is a key government priority. These basic skills are recognised as the foundation for a successful future life for children but we still face obstacles towards raising achievement for all. This site hosts a wide range of lesson plans, activities and resources designed to enable teachers to develop pupils' literacy and numeracy skills in more imaginative and creative ways. The region's archives have provided the source material to create these unique resources, which are themed around topic areas.

Primary Sources is a Heritage Lottery Funded project. The resources on this site have been developed by primary school teachers, working alongside learning professionals from six archives in the North East region. Developed specifically for Primary Sources, and designed for use by any primary school teacher, these resources will offer you a fresh and engaging approach to teaching basic skills.

A web design company, ne-web, was commissioned to develop this site to make the materials and activities created during the project available online. Participating schools were supported with a maximum of ten days supply cover to attend joint workshops and to work with a specific archivist in their area. The schools also had the opportunity to work with drama professionals to further enhance the pupils' experiences.

The project was coordinated by freelance education and heritage consultant Neil Tonge.

The aims of this project were:

  • To raise the profile of archives education services.
  • To provide better access to primary sources in archives via resources which are available online.
  • To boost pupilsí literacy and numeracy skills.
  • To improve the teaching of literacy and numeracy by engaging teachers with the wealth of stimulating material available in the regionís archives and through collaborative professional development.
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